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Youth program overview

Youth and Teen Academic Camp Programs

July 7–August 3, 2019

  • Ivy League academic programs for youth ages 3–15
  • Four, one-week sessions
  • Day and residential options

In CAU’s summer program, youth and teens get a wonderful taste of college life at Cornell while enjoying 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
  • Exploring the beautiful Cornell campus

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

Day campers

  • Youth ages 3–12 participate in programs Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Teens ages 13–15 enjoy programs Monday through Friday run from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Residential campers

All campers in residence enjoy a full day and evening of educational and recreational program activities.

  • Youth ages 3–12 may enroll as residential campers if they are accompanied by an adult who is enrolled in a CAU course and staying on campus.
  • Teens ages 13–15 live in a dorm of their own and have the option of staying on campus for the week unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.

Extended-care options

Youth ages 3–12, both day and residential campers, may stay under the supervision of our counselors while you enjoy a night out, have morning to yourself, or arrange a late evening pick-up. Meals are included. Drop-in care is also available.

  • Before-care: Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Aftercare: Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Evening care: Monday through Friday, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Extended-care fees

*Reflects 2018 fees. 2019 fees will be posted soon.

Before-camp care: $45 (per camper, per week) Aftercare: $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)

Program options

*Listed fees are from 2018. 2019 fees will be posted soon.

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

WeekResidentialDay Camps
Week 1July 7–13July 8–12
Week 2July 14–20July 15–19
Week 3July 21–27July 22–26
Week 4July 28–August 3July 29–August 2

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.

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