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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Teens (13-15)

Teens participate in a morning enrichment program of their choice taught by one or two Cornell student mentors. The rest of the day is devoted to non-stop elective activities: special-interest workshops, recreation and sports, field trips, community volunteering, crafts, music, art, and games.

This is a great opportunity for teens to explore Cornell, meet new friends, and discover interests and skills in a well-supervised, encouraging environment. Teens without parents or guardians on campus are welcome to attend for one or more weeks.

Options

  • Resident Teens live in a dorm with their counselors from Sunday afternoon until Saturday morning; see Housing for details.
  • Commuter Teens attend from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Legally Speaking
Learn how to question, debate, and argue effectively—skills that not only make the law exciting but are crucial to success in many professions. Explore legal issues and deepen your understanding of concepts that underlie our justice system. Thus prepared, you’ll assume the role of judge, jury, prosecutor, defender, or witness in mock trials, honing your critical thinking and organizational skills. In the process, you can begin to assess your personal aptitude for a career in law.
ClassStatus
Teens: Legally Speaking
Week 1: July 8-14, 2018
Full
Teens: Legally Speaking
Week 2: July 15-21, 2018
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Teens: Legally Speaking
Week 3: July 22-28, 2018
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Teens: Legally Speaking
Week 4: July 29-August 4, 2018
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Fashion Design
Explore the basics of clothing design and illustration techniques as you draw models and their clothes, practicing the principles of shape, fit, fabric, color, and shading. Apply these strategies to creating one-of-a-kind designs that can be the building blocks for your own original clothing line. By cutting, gluing, and sewing, you’ll mock up an original outfit in paper and fabric and then wear it or share it in a runway show on the last day of class. Additional fee: $25.
ClassStatus
Teens: Fashion Design
Week 1: July 8-14, 2018
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Teens: Fashion Design
Week 2: July 15-21, 2018
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Teens: Fashion Design
Week 3: July 22-28, 2018
Full
Teens: Fashion Design
Week 4: July 29-August 4, 2018
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Photography and Digital Editing
Learn how to express the world around you through macro and abstract photography as you explore the use of light, color, pattern, shadow, and composition with your camera. Class time will include walks around the Cornell campus and sessions in the computer lab using digital editing techniques to enhance your images. Please note: You’ll need to bring a digital camera with fully charged batteries and a compatible battery charger.
ClassStatus
Teens: Photography Digital Editing
Week 1: July 8-14, 2018
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Teens: Photography Digital Editing
Week 2: July 15-21, 2018
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Teens: Photography Digital Editing
Week 3: July 22-28, 2018
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Teens: Photography Digital Editing
Week 4: July 29-August 4, 2018
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Sailing for Teens
Learn how to sail in this introduction to sailing, taught by certified instructors at Cornell’s Merrill Family Sailing Center. Through lectures, demonstrations, and group practice on Cayuga Lake, you’ll get hands-on experience in setting sail and navigating through the water, as well as in the art of tying knots. You must know how to swim and be prepared to fall in and tread water, rain or shine. Additional fee: $140.
ClassStatus
Teens: Sailing
Week 1: July 8-14, 2018
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Teens: Sailing
Week 2: July 15-21, 2018
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Teens: Sailing
Week 3: July 22-28, 2018
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Teens: Sailing
Week 4: July 29-August 4, 2018
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Outdoor Adventures for Teens
Featuring adventurous challenges and fun, this program includes Hoffman Challenge Course elements, technical tree climbing, canoeing on Beebe Lake, and rappelling off Schoellkopf Stadium, led by instructors from Cornell Outdoor Education. If you’re a teen who enjoys non-competitive but highly physical activity, this is a great recreational opportunity in a safe but exciting learning environment. Additional fee: $160.
ClassStatus
Teens: Outdoor Adventures
Week 1: July 8-14, 2018
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Teens: Outdoor Adventures
Week 2: July 15-21, 2018
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Teens: Outdoor Adventures
Week 3: July 22-28, 2018
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Teens: Outdoor Adventures
Week 4: July 29-August 4, 2018
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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
rate
Reduced
rate*
Commuter
rate
Teens$1,535$1,435$840

There is an additional charge of $250 for unaccompanied Teens staying in residence over a weekend, to cover the cost of extended supervision, dining, and dorm accommodations.

*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 Teens (13-15)

  • 7:00 a.m.: Residential campers: Rise and shine
  • 7:30-8:30 a.m.: Residential campers: Breakfast provided in the Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery
  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.: Residential campers: Prep for morning course
  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.: Commuter campers: Arrival
  • 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Morning course
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch provided in the Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery
  • 1:30-4:00 p.m.: Visit to local state park, hiking, and swimming
  • 4:00-5:30 p.m.: On-campus activity planned by counselors (scavenger hunt, craft, game, etc.)
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner provided in the Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m.: Bowling or swimming at Helen Newman Hall
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m.: Evening activity: Brain bowl, casino night, talent show, dance, movie night, or karaoke
  • 10:00 p.m.: Commuter campers: Check out
  • 10:00 p.m.: Residential campers: Campers in their rooms
  • 11:00 p.m.: Lights out

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.

Fees

  • 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.

If your teen will be flying unaccompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in the CAU Youth Program, please check with the airline on age restrictions. These may change from one year to the next depending on the carrier, and CAU cannot provide staff as teen chaperones or companions to departure gate(s) or through transit airports.