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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Explorers (7-8)

A typical day in the Explorers program begins with a morning of easy-going educational activities followed by lunch, afternoon recreation, workshops, snacks, and visits to places of interest at Cornell and in Ithaca.

Program options

Building Bridges
Why do bridges need to sway? How are tall buildings constructed? Youngsters interested in engineering make models, visit maker labs at Cornell, and investigate practical solutions to tangible construction problems. Offered weeks 1 and 3.
Explorers: Building Bridges
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
Explorers: Building Bridges
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
All About Aeronautics
Explorers delve into the science of flight. Learn why birds can fly and how airplanes and other flying things are possible. Explorers investigate the concepts of airflow, propulsion, stability, and control, as well as build an airworthy craft of their own. Offered weeks 2 and 4.
Explorers: All About Aeronautics
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
Explorers: All About Aeronautics
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019

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
Reduced residential

*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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