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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Big Reds (9-10)

Morning courses are taught by Cornell students with a hands-on approach to learning. Students enroll in one course for the week.

Healthy, kid-friendly meals and snacks, afternoon electives, swimming, bowling, and field trips will keep your Big Reds busy and active all day, while they make great new friends.


  • Resident Big Reds participate in youth activities from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and also take part in supervised evening activities between 6:30 p.m. and bedtime (counselors are available to monitor dorm floors/rooms until 11 p.m.). They reside adjacent to parents in Court/Kay Hall or with parents at the Hilton Homewood Suites. See Housing for details.
  • Commuter Big Reds attend from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Morning Courses for Big Reds

Outdoor Adventures
In this active program, you’ll sample group activities on the Hoffman Challenge Course as well as technical tree climbing, canoeing on Beebe Lake, geocaching, and a Tyrolean traverse across Beebe Lake Gorge. Instruction, safety, and fun provided by instructors from Cornell Outdoor Education. Additional fee: $150 (Limited enrollment; register now!)
Get hands-on practice tying knots, setting sail, and navigating through water, mentored by instructors from Cornell’s Department of Athletics and Physical Education. Indoor rainy-day demonstrations and outdoor sailing fun on the lake don’t require any previous experience, but you must know how to swim. Additional fee: $130.
Architecture from the Ground Up
Have fun learning basic architectural theory and principles as well as what makes a building or space functional, attractive, and accessible. You’ll visit adventurous playground structures and analyze the design; learn what shapes, lines, and stress-bearing materials make the best rooftops and tree houses; and draft and make your own models of bridges and buildings.
Look at This! Inventors’ Camp
Discover the revolutionary ideas, imagination, engineering, and functionality of da Vinci’s inventions—and, inspired by these, create our own ingenious contraptions. You’ll study motors and suction to build your own “soda bottle” vacuum cleaner, work with remote-controlled cars and robotics, launch film canister rockets, and, working in teams, brainstorm your own fantastic inventions.

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.

Big Reds$1,100$1,000$470

*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.