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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 9 to August 5, 2017, 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
Li'l 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 9-15July 10-14
Week 2July 16-22July 17-21
Week 3July 23-29July 24-28
Week 4July 30-August 5July 31-August 4

Youth program fees

The weekly residential program fee (per youngster, per week) covers tuition, 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. Children (other than teens) in on-campus programs reside adjacent to parents in Court/Kay Hall or with parents at the Hilton Homewood Suites.

Li'l Bears$860$760$350
Big Reds$1,100$1,000$470
Junior Cornellians$1,100$1,000$470

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

**The weekly commuter rate for Li'l Bears, Tykes, Explorers, Big Reds, and Junior Cornellians includes the full program (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday), lunches, and snacks. The Commuter Teen rate includes the full program (8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday to Friday), lunches, snacks, and dinners.