J Camp: A summer tradition since 1952

Specialty Camps

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Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

  • Pre-Camp: May 28–31
  • Half-day camps dismiss at noon


  • Half-day (9 a.m.–noon): professional instruction
  • Full-day (9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.): professional instruction plus lunchtime, swimming, and other activities


  • Sign up for one week or all 11
  • Mix and match day camps and specialty camps


  • 7–9 a.m. (before camp)
  • 3:30–5:30 p.m. (after camp)

Sports and games

Learn ultimate Frisbee, capture the flag, kickball, modified pickleball, and quidditch (grades 3-7).

Learn soccer, t-ball, flag football, and basketball from expert coaches in this well-rounded approach to athletics and teamwork (full-day only).

Learn the fundamentals of this ancient game from Alabama state chess champion David Brooks.

Learn skills and teamwork from Certified Pro Staff Trainer Terry Drake and his staff (full-day only).

Strengthen passing, catching, and flag-pulling techniques with experienced in-house coaches Tim and October (full-day only).

Improve water skills while learning diving, swim strokes, water games, water safety, and synchronized swimming. Intermediate swimming skills required.

Focus on footwork, technique, and ball placement with seasoned Tennis Pro Dale Clark.

Coach Reis Gordon is a former NCAA division 1 fencer and current coach at Birmingham Fencing Club. He’ll teach the basics of fencing from the en garde position to the rules of scoring and winning a bout. Each day will bring a new aspect to the sport, ranging from understanding rules to mental fortitude (grades 3-7).

Coach Hank, who has a decade of experience, teaches this dynamic Frisbee game of passing and catching (grades 3-7).

The arts

Learn the basics of drama through games, skits, props, storytelling, and improvisation with experienced performer and teacher Rachel Powers.

Express yourself using mediums ranging from traditional painting and drawing to innovative collage and printmaking.

Explore different media using a variety of materials, including painting, drawing, printing, collage, and 3D design.

Filmmaking, taught by Eric Stockman, is an assignment-based camp where each day is broken into three parts: mission, production, and discussion. After learning what they need to accomplish on a given day, campers will break into teams to film and edit their assignments. Days will end with group viewings of discussions of projects.

Skills learned incrementally during the course of the week will include use of lights and microphones. Campers will learn different concepts, from simple shots to pans and tilts, point of view, dialog, and sequence. 

Sing and perform favorite songs through the decades, taught by experienced performer and teacher Jill Marlar.

Science and nature

Explore The J’s nature trails while learning about the icky and sticky world of gross science through science experiments and art projects (grades 1-4).