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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Youth program overview

In CAU's youth and teen programs, offered weekly from July 8 to August 4, 2018, youngsters get a taste of college life at Cornell while experiencing the fun and friendships of a terrific camp.

Supervised by caring, trained counselors, your child will enjoy

  • well-organized activities,
  • stimulating field trips,
  • kid-friendly meals, and
  • a chance to explore our beautiful campus.

This nationally acclaimed summer educational experience also features the highest staff-to-youth ratio in day camping.

Residential campers participate in youth activities during the day and enjoy supervised evening activities and entertainment from Sunday evening through Saturday morning. Children ages 3 to 12 must be accompanied by a registered resident adult; teens may be in residence without a registered resident adult.

Commuter campers participate in programs Monday through Friday. Programs for children ages 3 to 12 run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Teen programs run from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Program options

Program Ages
Little Bears 3-4
Tykes 5-6
Explorers 7-8
Big Reds 9-10
Junior Cornellians 11-12
CAU Teens 13-15
Older Teens High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Program dates

Week 1July 8-14July 9-13
Week 2July 15-21July 16-20
Week 3July 22-28July 23-27
Week 4July 29-August 4July 30-August 3

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
Little Bears$860$760$360
Big Reds$1,150$1,050$485
Junior Cornellians$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.

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.