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Birmingham Magazine 2012/2013 Parent's Choice Awards: Best Overnight Camp. Click here to read!

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Our Heritage

 Interesting infomation for alumni, parents and campers. Discover Winnataska's 96 year history, and learn how to volunteer. Click here.

Our History

In 1997, the Alabama Historical Association awarded an historical marker to Camp Winnataska. It is placed at the main entrance of camp. The marker reads:

“Dr. Elwyn Ballard, Commissioner of Boy Scouts in Birmingham, and his wife, Florence Aye Ballard, discovered this site in 1914, and became vital forces in the founding and growth of the camp. Boy Scouts and Boys Club members from the area first camped here in tents in 1916. Through Dr. Ballard, the Interdenominational Birmingham Sunday School Association acquired the camp in 1918 and offered sessions not only for boys but for girls as well - the first organization-sponsored camping for girls in Alabama and among the first in the South. Daniel Ray Price, Executive Secretary of the Association, directed the camp from 1922-1957. Rosa V. Strickland, educator and church leader, served as girls camp director 1919-1954. Winnataska early received national recognition for excellence of staff, facilities, and programs."


In 2006, the joint venture with the Birmingham Area Council Boy Scouts was dissolved. In January, 2007, Camp Winnataska began a new era under its own direction.

In her foreword to the book “Winnataska Remembered," written by Katherine Price Garmon and Virginia Pounds Brown, Leah Rawls Atkins wrote

"Winnataska represented firsts in the lives of many Jefferson County children—the first time to ride a pony, the first time to swim or paddle a canoe, the first time to be away from home. In our family, being old enough to go to Winnataska was a rite of passage. When that day came we were no longer mere children who needed constant supervision, but we were young people moving toward acquiring the trust that brought grown-up responsibilities.

Winnataska was more than a pleasant break in the long hot summer. More than hiking and camping and being close to nature and to God. More than learning to follow rules and to get along with others. More than eating healthy food and polishing sporting skills. For thousands of young people who were fortunate enough to have passed through those rock gateposts, Winnataska days eased the pain of growing up and encouraged us to adopt worthwhile commitments and lifetime goals."