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Teens (13-16)

Teens participate in a morning enrichment program of their choice taught by one or two Cornell student mentors. The rest of the day is devoted to non-stop elective activities: special-interest workshops, recreation and sports, field trips, community volunteering, crafts, music, art, and games.

This is a great opportunity for teens to explore Cornell, meet new friends, and discover interests and skills in a well-supervised, encouraging environment. Teens without parents or guardians on campus are welcome to attend for one or more weeks.

Options

  • Resident Teens live in a dorm with their counselors from Sunday afternoon until Saturday morning; see Housing for details.
  • Commuter Teens attend from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Morning Courses for Teens

Book Club for Writers and Readers
Read great contemporary fiction, personal essays, and poetry, and then write your own versions, connecting themes and scenes from popular literature with your own life and dreams. Through discussion, responsive writing, and even role-play, you'll explore big ideas, great thinkers, and timeless young heroes and heroines. This course will give you an opportunity to practice critical thinking and creative writing skills as you experiment with language, thought, and feelings in a relaxed and accepting environment.
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Teens: Book Club for Writers and Readers
Week 1: July 5-11, 2015
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Teens: Book Club for Writers and Readers
Week 2: July 12-18, 2015
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Teens: Book Club for Writers and Readers
Week 3: July 19-25, 2015
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Teens: Book Club for Writers and Readers
Week 4: July 26-August 1, 2015
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Field and Clinic: Careers in Veterinary Science
Veterinarians, wildlife technicians, animal-shelter workers, trainers, zookeepers, and pet therapists all share an avid interest in animals and their natural and domestic habitats. If you are considering a career that combines hard work with compassion for animals and application of scientific principles in their care, this course is for you. During field trips, lectures, demonstrations, and discussions, you'll learn about the training, skills, and responsibilities required for a variety of animal care professions and be challenged to "think like a pro" and solve case study problems. Not a "petting zoo" experience!
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Teens: Field and Clinic: Careers in Veterinary Science
Week 1: July 5-11, 2015
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Teens: Field and Clinic: Careers in Veterinary Science
Week 2: July 12-18, 2015
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Teens: Field and Clinic: Careers in Veterinary Science
Week 3: July 19-25, 2015
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Teens: Field and Clinic: Careers in Veterinary Science
Week 4: July 26-August 1, 2015
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Filmmaking and Analysis
Collaborate in a hands-on experience in filmmaking, covering everything from developing the concept, scripting, and storyboarding through shooting, editing, and mastering a DVD. View and discuss commercial indie films to further your understanding of communicating through dialogue and visual narrative. This morning course requires additional participation in several afternoon workshops to complete film projects. Additional fee: $70
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Teens: Filmmaking and Analysis
Week 1: July 5-11, 2015
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Teens: Filmmaking and Analysis
Week 2: July 12-18, 2015
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Teens: Filmmaking and Analysis
Week 3: July 19-25, 2015
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Teens: Filmmaking and Analysis
Week 4: July 26-August 1, 2015
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Outdoor Teen Adventures
Featuring rigorous challenges for novice and experienced climbers supervised by instructors from Cornell Outdoor Education (COE), this program includes ground games, Hoffman Challenge Course elements, ascents on COE's West Campus Climbing Wall, and a Tyrolean traverse across Beebe Lake Gorge. If you're a teen who enjoys non-competitive but highly physical activity, this is a good recreational opportunity in a safe but exciting learning environment. Additional fee: $140 (Limited enrollment—register now!)
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Teens: Outdoor Teen Adventures
Week 1: July 5-11, 2015
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Teens: Outdoor Teen Adventures
Week 2: July 12-18, 2015
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Teens: Outdoor Teen Adventures
Week 3: July 19-25, 2015
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Teens: Outdoor Teen Adventures
Week 4: July 26-August 1, 2015
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Teen Sailing on Cayuga
This complete introduction to sailing and tying knots, with lectures, demonstrations, and group practice on Cayuga Lake, will be taught by certified instructors and supervised by Cornell's superb Department of Athletics and Physical Education. You must know how to swim and be prepared to fall in and tread water, rain or shine. Additional fee: $130 (Limited enrollment—register now!)
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Teens: Teen Sailing on Cayuga
Week 1: July 5-11, 2015
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Teens: Teen Sailing on Cayuga
Week 2: July 12-18, 2015
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Teens: Teen Sailing on Cayuga
Week 3: July 19-25, 2015
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Teens: Teen Sailing on Cayuga
Week 4: July 26-August 1, 2015
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Youth program fees

The weekly residential program fee (per youngster, per week) covers tuition, housing, seventeen meals, and all morning, afternoon, and evening activities. It does not cover special instructional fees for some youth courses, as noted in the course listings. Children (other than teens) in on-campus programs reside adjacent to parents in Court/Kay Hall or with parents at the Hilton Homewood Suites.

ProgramResidential
rate
Reduced
rate*
Commuter
rate**
Teens$1,150$1,050$680

There is an additional charge of $250 for unaccompanied Teens staying in residence over a weekend, to cover the cost of extended supervision, dining, and dorm accommodations.

*Reduced rates apply to the second and all additional children (after the first, oldest child) accompanying a registered adult in residence on campus.

**The weekly commuter rate for Li'l Bears, Tykes, Explorers, Big Reds, and Junior Cornellians includes the full program (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday), lunches, and snacks. The Commuter Teen rate includes the full program (8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday to Friday), lunches, snacks, and dinners.