UA Provides Summer Fun for All Ages

  • May 15th, 2018

The University of Alabama will offer a wide variety of activities for all ages throughout the summer.

Below is a sampling of activities. Because registration deadlines vary, check the individual camp or event website for registration dates, costs and other information.

Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP)

ACAP is a program of the National Association of Black Accountants, Center for Advancement of Minority Accountants. Through ACAP’s efforts, students receive educational enrichment experiences and the practical help needed for college preparation and a career in accounting.

Alabama Museum of Natural History Archaeological Expedition 

Through Museum Expedition Camp participants will work with scientists in the field of archaeology as part of an actual research project to explore the cultural history of Alabama. Students, teachers and adults spend a week at the expedition field camp learning excavation techniques, laboratory procedures and artifact identification.

Alabama Museum of Natural History Summer Field Trips 

Join the Alabama Museum of Natural History for Summer Field Trips that include tubing, fossil hunting, caving and canoeing in some of Alabama’s most beautiful and interesting places. Day trips are led by experienced museum naturalists and are designed for students, adults, families and children over age 10. The museum provides transportation and equipment. 

Alabama Summer Computer Camps 

Hosted by the department of computer science and taught by UA faculty, students in this series of computer science camps will tackle multiple topics  while learning to program a computer in several exciting contexts. Camps are taught in a manner that encourages self-exploration across multiple projects.

Athletic Camps 

UA offers camps for 16 varsity sports, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball, among others.

Athletic Training Camp  

UA’s Jr. High and High School Athletic Training Student Aide Camp staff invites junior high and high school students interested in gaining athletic-training knowledge and skills to learn from those who provide medical care to some of the best athletes in the nation. The program addresses current concepts and is taught by certified athletic trainers who work at UA. Send questions to Dr. Jeri Zemke at

Belser-Parton Literacy Center Reading and Writing Programs 

The Literacy Center is a research and service center in the College of Education that offers support services and intensive instruction for students entering grades K-6 in need of additional instruction in reading to maintain or accelerate progress toward grade level goals.

Communication and Media Preview 

Communication and Media Preview (CAMP) provides high school students with the opportunity to discover and create stories. During this five-day, four-night immersive experience, students will practice skills and improve knowledge related to the fields of communication and media, develop connections with aspiring communicators, and become familiar with the college experience. Participants will work with cutting-edge technology alongside the nation’s leading experts in areas such as advertising, communication studies, creative media, news media and public relations.

Community Music School 

Designed to enrich the quality of life through exposure and study of the arts, students of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in UA’s Community Music School. Lessons for all ages and abilities, adult strings or brass ensembles, Kindermusik classes and camps are available.

Crimson Music Camps 

Students enrolled in the camp will be under the leadership and guidance of the artist-faculty members of UA’s School of Music. Joining the UA faculty will be guest faculty members recognized as experts in the field of instrumental music education. Camps offer small-group sectionals and coaching, specialized courses and master classes, all while spending time sharing music with some of the most outstanding musicians and teachers in the country.

Culverhouse Majors Awareness Program 

The objective of this residential program of the Culverhouse College of Business is to showcase each of the business disciplines, including accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, management science and information systems. The program seeks to recruit underrepresented minority students, first-generation students and student who have overcome social or economic hardship.

Druid City Girls Media Camp 

This program empowers young women to craft stories that are instrumental to expressing themselves and finding their voice at a pivotal age. Through media production, the program engages girls from diverse communities to cultivate filmmaking skills, confidence and creative projects important to them.

Forensic Science Summer Day Camp 

Forensic Camp exposes middle school- and high school-aged participants to leaders in the field of forensic science and anthropology, as well as the abundant resources UA has to offer. The camp provides attendants with a springboard to fields of study in anthropology, sociology, human biology and criminal justice.

Moundville Archaeological Park Indian Summer Day Camps 

Each identical session of Indian Summer Day Camp is a weeklong program offered for children ages 9 to 13 who are interested in Native American arts and life-ways. Kids focus on several different art projects including pottery, dreamcatchers, Native jewelry, gourd crafts, and making their own moccasins. Activities include hiking, gathering wild foods, touring an archaeological laboratory and other UA museums, playing Native games and sampling authentic Native American cuisine.

Multicultural Journalism Workshop

While still in high school, 10 to 15 students are selected to attend an intensive workshop held each summer. The workshop emphasizes multimedia reporting, writing, editing, graphics, photography, production and basic communication skills, and participants produce the MJP Journal to showcase what they’ve learned.

Rural Health Scholars Program

The Rural Health Scholars Program is a five-week summer program for rising high school seniors from Alabama’s rural counties. The program gives students a chance to experience college life. Scholars live on campus, take two college courses for credit, participate in seminars and field trips, and receive information about health careers.

Rural Minority Health Scholars Program

This five-week summer program is for students interested in becoming physicians and returning to rural Alabama to practice. Students will shadow a physician and take one academic course for credit. Program is for current high school seniors from rural Alabama.

Science Day Camp 

Students in grades 5-8 are invited to join UA’s Alabama Museum of Natural History to explore the state’s wonderful scientific diversity while discovering a different scientific discipline each day, such as paleontology, ecology, biology, chemistry and more.

SITE Camp 2017

Student Introduction to Engineering (SITE)

Ever wonder what makes bridges capable of withstanding 100-mph winds or why a skyscraper doesn’t collapse during an earthquake? SITE, a camp for rising 11th and 12th graders, helps participants discover if engineering is the right career for them.

Summer Day Camps 

Learn about fossils, watersheds, fish, reptiles and much more as we discover Alabama in full-day camps. Fifth through eighth graders are invited to experience hands-on science in the field alongside real scientists. Also, discover art in science and nature during weeklong half-day camps at the Alabama Museum of Natural History. Third through fifth graders are invited to explore the world around them through a variety of art mediums, including sculpture, painting and photography.

Summer Enrichment Workshop 

Summer Enrichment Workshop (SEW) is a summer program for gifted students who have completed grades K-8. Students are placed in sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. SEW 2018 will be held at Matthews Elementary. 

Swim to the Top 

Swim to the Top works to improve campers’ swim skills and water safety, while also taking time to have fun in physical education and emphasizing science, nutrition and literacy. This swimming, physical education and academic enrichment summer camp is sponsored by the Division of Community Affairs and is a partner with the Barnes Branch YMCA Summer Camp and Tuscaloosa’s Park and Recreation Authority.

The Long Weekend – Summer Multimedia Journalism Camp

The Long Weekend teaches creative and efficient ways to communicate through scholastic newspapers, newsmagazines, yearbooks, literary magazines, broadcast programs and digital media while allowing students to enjoy a taste of college life.

Young Writers Camp 

Young Writers Camp, for rising 9-12 graders, fosters creativity and a range of writing and artistic skills in a fun, accepting, interactive environment. Students will be taught and mentored by accomplished writers, and can choose from a range of creative writing classes and workshops. 

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.