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

Options

  • 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. They reside adjacent to parents in housing on North Campus 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.


Courses for Big Reds and Junior Cornellians Together

Sailing
Big Reds and JCs can learn the basics of sailing in this introductory program at Cornell’s Merrill Family Sailing Center on Cayuga Lake. They’ll study the parts of a boat, learn how to tie knots, and get hands-on practice in setting sail and navigating through the water. The indoor rainy-day demonstrations and outdoor fun on the lake do not require any previous sailing experience, but everyone must know how to swim. Additional fee: $140.
ClassStatus
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Sailing
Week 1: July 8-14, 2018
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Sailing
Week 2: July 15-21, 2018
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Sailing
Week 3: July 22-28, 2018
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Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Sailing
Week 4: July 29-August 4, 2018
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Outdoor Adventures
Led by instructors from Cornell’s Outdoor Education program, Big Reds and JCs will sample group challenge facilities such as the newly renovated Lindseth Climbing Wall and the Hoffman Challenge high and low ropes courses. All five mornings will be filled with physical activities for campers who like to be on the move, including ground-level games, rappelling off the stadium, and ziplining across the gorge. Additional fee: $160.
ClassStatus
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Outdoor Adventures
Week 1: July 8-14, 2018
Full
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Outdoor Adventures
Week 2: July 15-21, 2018
Full
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Outdoor Adventures
Week 3: July 22-28, 2018
Full
Big Reds and Junior Cornellians: Outdoor Adventures
Week 4: July 29-August 4, 2018
Full

Courses for Big Reds Only

Junior CSI Academy
Calling all crime fighters! In this program, Big Reds will have fun unraveling mysteries through critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork. As they develop their investigative abilities, they’ll create disguises, learn secret codes, and master other tricks of the trade. At the end of the week, our young detectives will be challenged to solve a mystery on our campus.
ClassStatus
Big Reds: CSI Academy
Week 1: July 8-14, 2018
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Big Reds: CSI Academy
Week 2: July 15-21, 2018
Register
Big Reds: CSI Academy
Week 3: July 22-28, 2018
Register
Big Reds: CSI Academy
Week 4: July 29-August 4, 2018
Register
Science Spoilers
Do you catch more flies with honey or vinegar? Can you fry an egg on a hot sidewalk? Is yawning contagious? Using scientific processes, Big Reds will determine the plausibility of common beliefs like these and uncover the circumstances in which they could be true. While honing their scientific inquiry skills, Big Reds will also discover the origins of these ideas and learn why they persist despite scientific evidence to the contrary.
ClassStatus
Big Reds: Science Spoilers
Week 1: July 8-14, 2018
Full
Big Reds: Science Spoilers
Week 2: July 15-21, 2018
Register
Big Reds: Science Spoilers
Week 3: July 22-28, 2018
Full
Big Reds: Science Spoilers
Week 4: July 29-August 4, 2018
Register

Youth program fees

The program fee for residential campers (per youngster, per week) covers the course, 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. The Youth Program participants reside adjacent to parents on North Campus or with parents at the Hilton Homewood Suites.

Age groupFull
rate
Reduced
rate*
Commuter
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.

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 Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery
  • 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

New for Summer 2018: Before- and after-camp care

Before- and after-camp care

Available from 7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and from 4:30-6:00 p.m. daily, campers can extend their stay with us and enjoy enriching games, crafts, and other fun activities under the supervision of our counselors. Drop-in care is available.

Extra-fun nights

Available evenings from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., campers can "ramp-up" their camp experience with extra fun activities while parents/guardians enjoy a night off! Dinner is included.

Fees

  • Before-camp care: $45 (per youngster, per week)
  • After-camp care: $45 (per youngster, per week)
  • Both before- and after-camp care: $80(per youngster, per week)
  • Daily drop-ins, Early/Late: $10 per instance
  • Extra-fun nights: $30 (per youngster, per night)

Questions? Contact us.