What is Camp Straight Street?

Summertime should be a wonderful time for kids. We’ve planned nine great weeks of camp for the boys and girls in your life that will make their summer days the greatest days of the year. It’s a fun, safe place for kids. Here’s what we’ve planned!

There are  nine weeks of day camp centered around the beautiful wooded campus of Shades Mountain Community Church in Bluff Park, Alabama. Camp is from 9:00-4:00 each day, and we also have an early and late program (see details under the early/late show). The facilities are great, just right for an awesome time all summer long. You’ll love it here. We also have one week of Overnight Camp located at the YMCA Hargis Retreat in Chelsea for campers entering grades 3-8. 
Our camp is for campers entering grades K3-8th, and they enjoy learning a lot as they have a great time.  They go home feeling that they’ve spent the day with good friends who really care about them as individuals as well as an important part of the group. It’s just the thing for kids enjoying their first camp experience, as well as for “seasoned pros” who have previously been to camp. We’re planning everything carefully to make each week great. We expect most weeks to fill up, so plan on selecting your weeks soon so you won’t be disappointed by a full camp.

Why Camp Straight Street?

It’s the people at camp who make those memories. Parents tell us our staff makes their kids feel loved and important. We work to help campers build good relationships with adults and other kids. Camp is like a big family whose members encourage and strengthen each other. We’ll do what it takes to make sure your child “fits in” and feels at home with the other campers.

Just wait until you see what we’ve planned for your kids. We’ll make sure your child has a safe and fun time each day at camp!

Once you register, we’ll send you a complete Camp Information Packet in May with all of the details you’ll need to know before camp begins. Also, look at the “important documents” section for the latest information. Camp is more than a vacation; it’s the best summer of your life! 
Parents tell us their kids can’t wait. Weeks fill up fast, so be ready for registration day!
Attendance at Camp Straight Street is open to all children regardless of race, color, religion or ethnic background. Please remember that Camp Straight Street is a Christian camp that teaches Biblical principles to our campers.
What is Camp Straight Street Jr? This camp is designed with our younger campers in mind (ages 3-5) and will provide all the fun and excitement of our regular camp, but in an environment that is just for them. They’ll have all of the fun of each of our themed weeks but they’ll have a camp rally that’s all their own, waterslides just their size and counselors who love to get down on their level and play. We think your littlest camper will love what we’ve got planned.

The cost for a regular week of camp is $175. Campers must be three years old by May 1st to participate and must be potty-trained

Pre-registration for 2018 families opened at noon on January 30th. Based on our current registrations, below are our availabilities. Please note that while your child’s age group might be full at this moment, you may create an account and add your child to the waitlists of the weeks desired. Some teams have a shorter waitlist than others. If someone cancels a week, we offer that spot to the next person on the waitlist and will notify you via email. You do NOT need to pay the deposits if you are on the waitlist. To register for a week, you will initially pay the $30 registration fee plus a $30 deposit (non-refundable/non-transferrable) for each week you plan to reserve. The remaining balance will be drafted on the Monday prior to the week reserved. You may also cancel that week by the Monday prior to that week by emailing our financial office in order to not be charged the remaining balance. 

Current Availabilities For the 2019 Summer

(based on the grade your child is entering in the fall of 2019):

Some or all weeks available:
  • Boys and Girls: ages 3-5
Minimal or no weeks available:
  • Girls: 1st-8th grade  
  • Boys: 1st- 8th grade



Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Children of all ages! The circus has arrived. Come under the big top for a week of excitement and fun. Fill up on popcorn and cotton candy as you and your friends board our real carnival rides. We’ll be turning camp into an exciting coolest carnival, and you’ll want to be at the front of the line. So get your ticket and come join the fun.
TV Camp


JUNE 10-14

We’ll turn our camp into a real TV studio with game shows you’ll get to be a part of. We’ll have our “Iron Chef” competition, or try your luck in “Deal or No Deal.” All of this leads up to our 18th annual “Straight Street Idol” competition where the winning contestants from every team will get a chance to take a ride in a limo, walk the red carpet in front of camp and perform in front over 400 screaming fans.


JUNE 17-21

If you like Minecraft, LEGO’s or just like to be creative then this week is for you. We have thousands of LEGO’s, Minecraft on the the game systems in the Bus Stop and more. You will even be able to enter our LEGO contest where you’ll get to compete for the title of “Master Builder.” Boys and girls alike will love all of the fun we have planned.


JUNE 24-28

Lights…camera…action! Our 12th annual Studio Camp is one of our most popular weeks. Kids on each team get to write and star in their very own movie. Then we will premier all of our films at our Straight Street Film Festival. We’ll be giving our awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress. You could be the toast of the town with your name in lights. So come and join us. We’re ready for your close up.


JULY 1-2

[This week is only 2 days]
It’s time to celebrate everyone’s favorite days! This week of camp might be short but we’re going to cram it full of holiday fun. We’ll have a birthday party for everyone, sing Christmas carols, dress up in costumes like Halloween and you never know what special guests will stop by. It’s going to be two days packed with all the best days.


JULY 8-12

You’ve played the games; now it’s time to live them! Video games come to life as you and your friends get in the system and play your way through all of your favorite video games. We’ll be launching Angry Birds, taking on your friends in Super Smash Brothers and lots more. After a full week of gaming we’ll end the week with our very own version of real life Mario Kart. Don’t spin out on a banana peel, or it’ll be “Game Over.”


JULY 15-19

It’s time to get in the game. This week will be filled with all sorts of competitions you won’t want to miss. We’ll be slam dunking, home run hitting, end zone catching, goal kicking, and a whole lot more. No matter what sport you love, this week you’re sure to be an All-Star.
JULY 22-26
A long time ago in a camp far, far away young campers were training to become Jedi knights. This week you’ll see if you are strong with the force as you go through Jedi training. Build your own lightsaber, race a BB-8 droid, join the rebellion, and bring balance to the force. But beware, Darth Vader has sent his Stormtroopers to put an end to the Jedi. We need your help!
[This week is for kids K3-2nd Grade]
Your ship has set sail in the open seas in hopes of reaching the beautiful paradise of the Caribbean. Beautiful tropics await you and your crew. But beware, pirates have been known to sail these waters in search of their lost treasure. So don’t get in their way. Make it through the treacherous waters, and we’ll celebrate with an exciting luau. So get your hula skirt ready and head ashore.
[This week is for kids 3rd-8th grade]
We’ll head off to YMCA Hargis Retreat for a week of overnight camp. Parents will bring their campers to meet us at Hargis to set up their bunk. Parents can also meet their child’s counselor for the week. After getting settled, the fun begins! It’s the perfect way to end the summer as we swim, canoe, roast marshmallows and more. We’ll be playing “Bamboozle” where you could win prizes or lose and get slimed. We’ve also got the “Gong Show” where campers show off their talents and compete for the grand prize. “Color Wars” is everyone’s new favorite game where your team tries to be the cleanest team, but beware, other teams are out to squirt you with colored water guns or a powder bomb! Best of all is our “Great American Shaving Cream Fight.” It’s good clean fun at its best. Don’t miss our best week.

Registration Fee: $30 for each camper
  • This is a one time fee.
  • This also includes a backpack in your camper’s team color that they can use to take to camp each day.
A Week of Camp for 1st-8th: $149 (or $45 per day).
A Week of CSS Jr. for K3-K5: $175 (or $50 per day).).
  • Holiday Camp (July 1-2) is only two days with no camp Wednesday-Friday due to Independence Day. The cost for this week is $90 for grades 1-8, $100 for CSS Jr.
  • You may also register by the day. The daily rate for camp is $45 per day. If your child will be attending only 1, 2 or 3 days in a given week, you will need to register them for the entire week. You will need to contact Camp Straight Street finance department via email at finances@campstraightstreet.com NO LATER THAN MONDAY PRIOR TO the camp week starting. The daily rate will then be applied according to the number of days your child will be attending for that specific week. We must have this request in writing.
Middle School (Red & Yellow Team) Field Trips: $15
  • There is an additional activity fee of $15 for kids going into the 6th-8th grades. This covers extra weekly trips and activities designed just for campers in 6th-8th grade (girls travel on Tuesdays, boys travel on Thursdays). *Please note that there will be no field trips during the July 4th week or overnight camp.
Early and Late Program: $20 for a week of Early OR Late Care
  • Passes are available for $20 and are good for any FIVE early or late shows. Early Show is from 7:15-9:00 and Late Show is from 4:00-5:45.
  • If you do not have an Early or Late Show pass, the cost is $6 per session, per child.
  • For more info on the early/late program and our All Access Pass that is good for all Early/Late shows you click HEREfor more information.

Overnight Camp: $275

  • Overnight Camp (July 28-August 1) is only for kids going into 3rd-8th grade.
  • There is still Day Camp for kids K3-2nd grade (July 29-August 2).


(Available for Grades 1-8)

Lunch and Snack
You may bring your snack and/or lunch each day or purchase it at camp. In order to buy lunch or snack, you need to buy a food plan. You will receive a lunch menu in your registration packet a few weeks prior to the start of camp. The snacks available
are fruit, freshly popped popcorn, candy, crackers, muffins, fruit, and chips. Our drinks are a variety of juices, water bottles, sodas and Gatorade. 
*Please note that the snack and lunch options are not available for K3-K5 campers (CSS Jr.). Campers in CSS Jr. must bring their own snacks and lunch. 

Weekly Lunch Plans: $30 a week (or $7 per day) 

Your choice of one entree (hamburger, hot dog, chicken nuggets, pizza), pudding or jello, chips, and a water bottle  

Weekly Snack Plans: $10 a week ($18 for a double snack plan) 

  • Snack plans include one food item and one drink each day. 
  • For campers who need a little more food for the day, we offer a double snack plan that includes two food items and two drinks. For campers who stay for late show, they may also eat their extra snack during late show, but the snack shop will not be open for purchasing during that time.
  • You may also purchase a snack plan for an individual day. The cost is $2.50 a day for single snack and $4 a day for double snack.
  • Food plans may be purchased by sending an email to finances@campstraightstreet.com or at the camp front desk.


Shades Mountain Community Church
2281 Old Tyler Rd. 
Birmingham, AL 35226
Contact us:
Financial questions: finances@campstraightstreet.com 
205-978-9308 (Phones are only manned May-July. It’s best to reach us by e-mail during the off-season.)


Is there anything we can help answer? We’d love to help. E-mail us at administrator@campstraightstreet.com with any questions and we’ll get right back with you.

Need a receipt from last year?

If you need a receipt from camp 2018, please email Cheryl, the financial director, at finances@campstraightstreet.com. Our TAX ID number is included on the receipt.