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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Big Reds (9-10)

Big Reds (9–10) can take any of the following morning courses, taught by Cornell students with a hands-on approach to learning. Campers enroll in one course for the week. During the afternoons (and evenings for extended-day campers) Big Reds enjoy electives, swimming, bowling, field trips, kid-friendly meals, and more.


Courses

Wizard Training
Relish the enchantment of a Hogwarts-like experience. Campers are sorted into houses, craft their own wands and spells, and make magic using real science. Wizards-in-training earn house points as they valiantly prep for the Tournament of Wizards at the end of the week.
ClassStatus
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Wizard Training
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Wizard Training
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Wizard Training
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Wizard Training
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Puzzle-Mania
Campers explore puzzles in many shapes, sizes, and forms for tantalizing mental challenges. Working alone and in teams, campers create mazes, models, or math conundrums for others in the group to solve. Outdoor quests and physical challenges are also part of the fun.
ClassStatus
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Puzzle-Mania
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Puzzle-Mania
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Puzzle-Mania
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Puzzle-Mania
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Artful Antics
At this creative camp, youth can experiment with various art forms. From sketching, painting, and paper sculpting to music, dance, and theater, campers discover their inner artist. Field trips to the Johnson Museum of Art and other excursions, guest artists, and workshops round out the experience.
ClassStatus
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Artful Antics
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Artful Antics
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Artful Antics
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Artful Antics
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Outdoor Adventures
Led by instructors from the Cornell Outdoor Education program, campers will rappel off the Schoellkopf Crescent, learn technical tree climbing, canoe on Beebe Lake, and visit the Lindseth Climbing Center and Hoffman Challenge Course. Mornings are filled with physically challenging activities, including ground-level games, lessons on safety and technique, and rappelling. Additional fee: $160.
ClassStatus
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Outdoor Adventures
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Outdoor Adventures
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Outdoor Adventures
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Outdoor Adventures
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Sailing
An introduction to sailing, with practice on Cayuga Lake, this beginner’s program is supervised and taught by instructors from Cornell’s Department of Athletics and Physical Education’s Aquatics Program. The indoor rainy-day demonstrations and outdoor fun on the lake don’t require any previous sailing experience, but campers must know how to swim! Additional fee: $140.
ClassStatus
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Sailing
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Sailing
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Sailing
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Sailing
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Science Sampler
From hands-on activities and experiments in the classroom to visits to Cornell laboratories and research facilities, campers investigate ways science can solve problems on Earth and unravel the mysteries of the universe. Areas of exploration include chemistry, astronomy, engineering, and more.
ClassStatus
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Science Sampler
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Science Sampler
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Science Sampler
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Science Sampler
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Architecture
Designing spaces and buildings to be functional, attractive, and accessible is a real challenge. Architects need to know what kinds of materials, shapes, and lines fit well into an environment and hold up under stress. Using Cornell’s campus as an architectural studio, campers learn basic theory, sketch and make models, and engage with Cornell students and faculty who build spaces from the inside out.
ClassStatus
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Architecture
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Architecture
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Architecture
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Architecture
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Speak Your Mind
Whether it’s in front of a small group or a large audience, confident public speaking is essential for getting your message heard. Campers learn the difference between demonstrative, informative, persuasive, and impromptu speech and how these forms can be used effectively in a variety of settings and occasions.
ClassStatus
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Speak Your Mind
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Speak Your Mind
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Speak Your Mind
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Speak Your Mind
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Sample day for Explorers (7-8), Big Reds (9-10), and Junior Cornellians (11-12)

  • 7:15-8:30 a.m.: Before-camp activities: Crafts, games, free play with breakfast snack available*
  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.: Welcome activity: Upon arrival, campers join an activity
  • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Morning course
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch provided in the Northstar Eatery, Appel Community Center
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Visit from "Dan the Snakeman" and his snakes, frogs, and tortoises
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m.: Campus hike to the Cornell Dairy Bar for ice cream and a tour
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m.: Swimming at Helen Newman Fitness Center or trip to nearby state park
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m.: Snacks and games
  • 4:30-6:00 p.m.: After-camp activities*

*Extended-care options have additional fees. See fees below.

Youth program fees

Courses with additional fees and are noted within the course information. Otherwise, the program fees (per child, per week) include

Residential camp fees cover all youth activities including the academic program, housing, seventeen meals, and all morning, afternoon and evening activities. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with optional evening care from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Children reside in Court/Kay Hall or North Campus Townhouses with their accompanying adult who is registered in the CAU adult program. Participants may also choose to reside off-campus at the Homewood Suites. See Housing for details.

Day camp fees cover the following activities: academic program, five lunches, and all morning and afternoon activities. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Extended-care fees

  • Before-camp care: $45 (per camper, per week)
  • After-care: $45 (per youngster, per week)
  • Both before-care and aftercare: $80 (per youngster, per week)
  • Daily drop-ins, Early/Late: $10 per instance
  • Evening care: $30 (per youngster, per night) (This fee does not apply to residential campers as it is included in their residential fee.)

Age groupResidential
rate
Reduced residential
rate*
Day
rate
Big Reds$1,150$1,050$485

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

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