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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Explorers (7-8)

A day in the Explorers program includes easy-going educational activities, recreation, and visits to places of interest at Cornell and in Ithaca. Lunch and kid-friendly snacks are provided.


  • Resident Explorers 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 Explorers attend from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Science Sampler
Explorers will delve into five fascinating branches of science. In biology, they’ll investigate the inner workings of the human body; in life sciences, they’ll study the delicate balance of the earth’s ecosystems; in physics, they’ll experiment with Newton’s Laws of Motion; in chemistry, they’ll mix up concoctions that become candy and ice cream; and in astronomy, they’ll learn about the constellations.
Explorers: Science Sampler
Week 1: July 8-14, 2018
Explorers: Science Sampler
Week 2: July 15-21, 2018
Explorers: Science Sampler
Week 3: July 22-28, 2018
Explorers: Science Sampler
Week 4: July 29-August 4, 2018

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

*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.


  • 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.