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UA Offers Interactive, Fun Youth Summer Camps

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama is offering a variety of youth camps that will provide enriching learning opportunities throughout the summer.

The Marillyn A. Hewson Cybersecurity Summer Camp for grades 7-12 is designed to inspire participants toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines critical to our nation’s future. At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation’s largest cyber defense competition that puts high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks.

Fossil Camp for grades 4-7 offers an exciting introduction to ancient life by examining real fossils, searching for rocks and minerals, and much more. Each day campers will be introduced to a new topic, meet paleontologists and explore sites around Tuscaloosa County for fossils yet to be discovered.

The Minerva Young Women’s Business Summer Program is a weeklong residential camp for rising female high school seniors to encourage and develop their leadership skills and expose them to business as a major and career path, with an emphasis on areas where women are underrepresented, including leadership. During the week, students will participate in informative sessions with Culverhouse College of Business faculty and staff, learn about career opportunities in business, build leadership and communication skills, complete a service project and take field trips for experiential learning. Additionally, students will experience campus life and connect with like-minded women interested in business.

Swim to the Top takes place within the YMCA’s Summer Camp during the month of June on Monday through Thursday mornings. Swim to the Top provides quality swim instruction, physical education, art and academic enrichment activities. 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.

In addition, UA will offer art, writing and sports camps, among others.

For a list of summer camps and registration information, visit the UA Youth Programs website.


Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications,, 205-348-8325