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 2023 Camps at USA below for offerings.

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

Internal Camps Hosted by USA

Healthcare Career Summer Camp

The Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions Healthcare Career Summer Camp is a day-long summer healthcare career exploration opportunity for underrepresented Mobile County Public School System rising high school seniors with professions including Emergency Medical Services (Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics), Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Radiologic Sciences, Speech Pathology, Audiology, research, and other biomedical careers.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on experiments and learn about a variety of clinical skills.

Activities include:

  • Hands-on CPR and bleeding control, tour of EMS Mobile Simulation Lab
  • Wound suture, incision and drainage workshop
  • Physical and occupational therapy relay competitions
  • Tour energized x-ray rooms, see how to produce an x-ray image, and learn all of the imaging modalities offered at South
  • Extract your own DNA and then take it home with you!

Students will receive a free t-shirt and Jag Swag from the College, take a tour of campus, have lunch at USA’s Fresh Food Company, and enjoy a meet and greet with USA special guests.

 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

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. 

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. Click Live-Online Summer Bridge Program and type in Summer Bridge Program in the Course Search bar.

External Camps Hosted by USA

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


Joy Aull, Program Director
(251) 460-7200