Variety of UA Camps Return for Summer 2021

  • May 12th, 2021
Two students holding a small catapult that was built during a summer camp
UA Youth Programs will host a variety of summer camps. (Photo taken pre-pandemic.)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Alabama Youth Programs will host a variety of summer camps that will follow appropriate health guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants.

Below is a sampling of activities.

  • Community Music School String Camp (June 14-19)

Rising 6th-12th graders can choose either orchestra or chamber music. Campers must provide their own instrument and be able to read music on all four strings and play in several keys. Students must play one of the orchestral strings: violin, viola, cello or double bass. Participants seeking the chamber music path must gain permission from camp staff prior to enrollment. Email Dr. Jane Weigel at for more information.

  • Crimson Music Camp (June 7-11)

The UA School of Music will offer a “revamped” Crimson Music Camp. The camp will feature one day of instruction by School of Music faculty and staff per section. All classes will be open to middle and high school musicians.

  • Moundville Summer Day Camp (June 7-11, June 21-25)

Moundville Summer Day Camp is a week-long program teaching kids ages 9-13 Native American arts and lifeways. Located at Moundville Archaeological Park, activities include a tour of the museum and park, videos, storytelling, nature hikes, sampling Native American foods and playing a Native American game using the Rabbit sticks they will carve. Children create several excellent art projects including pottery, copper jewelry, and a gourd container or mask.

  • STEM Entrepreneurship Academy (July 12-23)

The STEM Entrepreneurship Academy offers a fun and innovative hands­-on approach to help students discover science, technology, engineering and math in the workplace and introduce them to entrepreneurship concepts that are essential for business. Student teams will work together to apply their STEM knowledge towards a business design that will benefit their community. The camp is open to high school sophomores and juniors.

  • Swim to the Top (June 1-July 1)

Swim to the Top provides quality swim instruction, physical education and academic enrichment activities at the A.L. Freeman Pool and Benjamin Barnes YMCA. Swim instructors, physical educators and teachers from UA, Tuscaloosa County Schools and Tuscaloosa City Schools work with children to provide an engaging and fun summer program. The camp is open to ages 4-14.

  • Virtual Young Writers Camp (June 7-18)

UA Young Writers Camp, for rising 4th-12th graders, fosters creativity and a range of writing and artistic skills in a fun, accepting and interactive environment. The Young Writers Camp will allow students to choose from a variety of activities led by experienced writers of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and other forms. Divided into age-appropriate groups, campers will work with UA graduate students studying creative writing. Campers will write both independently and in collaborative groups; receive feedback on writing from instructors; engage in team-building and outdoor writing activities, and learn about publishing, college study and careers in writing.

Additional camps may be added in the coming weeks. For more information on summer camps and registration information, visit


Dr. Marcy Huey, UA Youth Programs,


Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications,

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