Camps and Youth Programs

Students laughing holding books outside
"Almost all creativity involves purposeful play." - Abraham Maslow

Summer Camps & Youth Programs are an important part of the University’s community outreach efforts which are integral to our mission.  Programs are designed to inspire and to promote developmental growth among participants.  Each camp has an educational component, while at the same time is a fun, memorable, and an overall great experience for participants.  Teaching takes place in a variety of settings – classrooms, hands-on learning sites, athletic facilities, and through social activities.  Course content covers a plethora of subject matters from athletics to zoology.

The Center serves as a central hub for camps and youth programs held on campus.  We assist other University departments with facilitating camps and youth programs and we serve as campus sponsors for external programs/groups desiring to hold programs on campus consistent with the overall mission of the University.  If you are interested in hosting a youth program on campus or you need assistance planning a university camp, our professional staff will provide a free consultation with you, and /or your planning committee to assess your needs and establish a plan for moving forward. 

Go to 2024 Camps at USA below for offerings.

  • Make new friends
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Learn new skills
  • Explore different career paths

Internal Camps Hosted by USA

 Programming and Computer Knowledge Camp (PACK) 

The Programming and Computer Knowledge (PACK) Camp at the School of Computing of the University of South Alabama is an introduction to programming concepts with hands-on exercises allowing the student to gain experience with problem solving by using a high-level programming language, Python and other programming tools. We offer three Computer Programming Camps: for students in 10th - 12th grades, for students in 7th - 9th grades, and students in 4th - 6th grades.

Camp Includes:
Introduction to a high-level programming language
Exposure to problem solving techniques
Hands-On exercises on a computing platform
Acquiring programming skills that can be useful in your current course work
A taste of what it is like to be on a college campus and in a college classroom
Interaction with Computing students, faculty, and staff

For registration instructions please go to PACK Camp Registration

Summer Literacy Camp

The USA College of Education and Professional Studies Literacy Center hosts a fun-filled Summer Literacy Camp for rising 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students.

Go for the Gold Summer Literacy Camp! Engage in reading and writing through sports and games with a SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES theme. 

The program will be held at the University of South Alabama College of Education and Professional Studies building at The Commons. University faculty and teachers in training will be running the camp. 

For registration instructions please go to Summer Literacy Camp Registration

 Post-Secondary Preview Overnight Summer Camp (PASSAGE)

PEP Summer Camp offers a 2-night, 3-day camp for high school students (ages 16-18) and adults (ages 19-27) with intellectual disabilities interested in exploring a postsecondary education experience.

Campers will be assigned a private room in a USA residential hall and eat in on-campus cafeterias. At least one male chaperone and one female chaperone per 5 campers will be provided in the residential halls, including direct overnight supervision. Campers will also participate in mini classes and receive an individualized plan detailing the skills to enhance their postsecondary education readiness, independent living, and employment skills.

For a list of requirements and registration instructions go to Passage Camp Information

External Camps Hosted by USA

College Prep Camp ( Limited to participants selected by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services)

Summer Bridge Program - Online Grades 3-8
Keep the momentum going this summer! The Summer Bridge Program is an online, highly interactive math program designed to keep your child's math skills topnotch. While the courses are online, your child will take part in a classroom experience each week where they will maintain or grow in their math proficiency during the summertime.

ACT Summer Blitz - On Campus

Want to make the most of the ACT?  USA will offer an ACT Summer Blitz course on campus this summer for high schoolers who want to improve their ACT scores. Don't miss out on this 16-hour live instruction course.  Prepare now to pursue an excellent score. 


Joy Aull, Program Director
(251) 460-7200