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Note: All 2019 CAU Youth Programs have filled to capacity. Join our email list to be alerted when 2020 youth program information is available.

Teens (13-15)

Teens (13-15) and supervising CAU counselors enjoy their own headquarters where they can experience campus life at Cornell.

Teens choose a morning course and an afternoon exploration course from the following options, all taught by one or several Cornell student mentors.

Day and residential teen campers enjoy evenings devoted to traditional camp activities such as team games, social events, swimming, karaoke, and more.

Teens have the option of staying on campus overnight unaccompanied by a parent or guardian. Unaccompanied residential teens registered for more than one week may stay in residence with CAU over the weekend. Additional fees apply.


Morning Courses

Outdoor Climbing Adventures
Supervised by instructors from Cornell Outdoor Education, this course offers physical challenges for novice and experienced climbers alike. Activities include teen-level ground games, high ropes, team building at the Hoffman Challenge Center, rock climbing at the Lindseth Climbing Center, rappelling off the Schoellkopf Crescent, canoeing on Beebe Lake, and technical tree climbing. Additional fee: $160.
ClassStatus
Teen: Outdoor Adventures
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Teen: Outdoor Adventures
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Teen: Outdoor Adventures
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Teen: Outdoor Adventures
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Sailing
A complete introduction to sailing and knot-tying, with lectures, demonstrations, and practice on Cayuga Lake, taught by certified instructors and supervised by Cornell’s world-class Department of Athletics and Physical Education. Knowing how to swim and willingness to fall in and tread water, rain or shine, is required. Equipment and facilities fee: $140.
ClassStatus
Teen: Sailing
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Teen: Sailing
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Teen: Sailing
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Teen: Sailing
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
Call
Veterinary Medicine
Visit clinics, farms, and vet facilities on campus and off to learn what it takes to combine a passion for animals with the demands of a career. Activities and discussions provide perspectives on research in the field of veterinary science.
ClassStatus
Teen: Veterinary Medicine
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Teen: Veterinary Medicine
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Teen: Veterinary Medicine
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Shark Tank
Whether it’s for starting a company or becoming a high-powered CEO, this course teaches business strategies to budding entrepreneurs. At the end of the week, groups present business plans to the “Sharks,” who can make or break a new product.
ClassStatus
Teens: Shark Tank: Business School
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Teens: Shark Tank: Business School
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Teens: Shark Tank: Business School
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Teens: Shark Tank: Business School
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Leaders in Training
This exciting set of interactive workshops and team challenges is designed to uncover leadership abilities, develop greater confidence, and provide strategies for success in the classroom and beyond.
ClassStatus
Teens: Leaders in Training
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Teens: Leaders in Training
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Teens: Leaders in Training
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Teens: Leaders in Training
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Debate, Debate, Debate
Learn confidence and poise in debate and public speaking. Fundamental techniques include delivery styles, audience analysis, and topic selection. This course offers proven methods for overcoming speech and interview anxieties.
ClassStatus
Teens: Debate, Debate, Debate
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Teens: Debate, Debate, Debate
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Teens: Debate, Debate, Debate
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Teens: Debate, Debate, Debate
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Engineering Sampler
Examining various fields of engineering, teens can explore practical and theoretical solutions to problems, visit hands-on labs, and learn about different areas of engineering science.
ClassStatus
Teens: Engineering Sampler
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Teens: Engineering Sampler
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
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Teens: Engineering Sampler
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
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Teens: Engineering Sampler
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
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Writer’s Circle
Through poetry and prose, teens learn and practice writing techniques for developing a strong “voice,” forming opinions, and conveying a point of view. This course is tailored to both those who love to write or those who want to sharpen their writing skills.
ClassStatus
Teens: Writer's Circle
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
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Teens: Writer's Circle
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
Call
Teens: Writer's Circle
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
Call
Teens: Writer's Circle
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019
Call

Afternoon Exploration Courses (New this year!)

This series provides opportunities to explore Cornell and the surrounding area. Delve into what Cornell and Ithaca offer—life at an Ivy League campus or the pleasures of this stunning area. Teens choose one theme for the week.

Explore Cornell Academics Campers delve into academic areas of interest by choosing one or more Cornell colleges or schools to explore for a week.
  • Academics One includes the undergraduate schools of Engineering, Architecture, Art and Planning, Arts and Sciences and the Johnson School of Business (Hotel School).
  • Academics Two includes the undergraduate schools of Human Ecology, Industrial and Labor Relations, Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Johnson School of Business (Dyson School).
  • Academics Three includes the graduate schools of Law, Veterinary Studies, Johnson School of Business and the School of Graduate Studies.
Explore the Cornell Campus Visit the Cornell clock tower, Johnson Museum of Art, Fuertes Observatory, Kroch archives, Dairy Store, Hole-y Cow, Lab of Ornithology, Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, and more.
Explore Nature Visit areas such as Robert Treman State Park, Taughannock Falls, Watkins Glen, Ithaca Falls, Buttermilk Falls, Cascadilla Gorge trail, and more.
Explore Traditional CAU Dive into classic camp-style recreation with a variety of sports, crafts, music, and games.
Explore Ithaca Explore many treasures in ten-square miles: Ithaca Commons, Sagan Planet Walk, Farmers Market, Museum of the Earth, Ithaca College, Stewart Park, Cayuga Nature Center, Namgyal Monastery, and more.

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 Northstar Eatery, Appel Community Center
  • 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 academic course
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch provided in the Northstar Eatery, Appel Community Center
  • 1:30-4:00 p.m.: Afternoon Exploration course
  • 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 Northstar Eatery, Appel Community Center
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m.: Bowling or swimming at Helen Newman Hall
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m.: Evening activity: Brain bowl, 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

Youth program fees

Courses with additional fees and are noted within the course information. Otherwise, the program fees (per child, per week) include

Age groupResidential
rate
Reduced residential
rate*
Day
rate
Teens$1,595$1,495$895

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.

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.