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What is Cat Camp?

What is Cat Camp?

Cat Camp is an optional experience for incoming students who want to learn about all the reasons to be proud of being a Bobcat, begin their lives 'on the hill' with new friends, and learn about Texas State spirit and traditions in a relaxed atmosphere.

Cat Camp teaches Bobcat traditions and welcomes incoming Bobcats to Texas State! This is an exciting opportunity for the Texas State community to come together and welcome our new students!

Cat Camp is led by current students who are passionate about all things Texas State and want to make your first year as a Bobcat a success! Cat Camp has been 'Putting the Heart of Texas into the Hearts of Students' since 2009!

What do we do at Cat Camp?

Students will be placed in a small group of 10-12 students and the groups will be led by two counselors and a crew member. This is an opportunity for Bobcats to bond with their peers and have a relaxed time learning all they need to know about Texas State.

Future Bobcats will participate in games, ice breakers, themed dance, learning the Texas State traditions, making some new friends, and so much more!

How do I sign-up for camp?

Registration for Cat Camp will open February 2nd, 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at: catcamp@txstate.edu


Frequently Asked Questions

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When is Cat Camp?

Cat Camp will occur over the summer! This year Cat Camp has two different types of sessions, the New Student Orientation-Cat Camp sessions and the traditional Cat Camp session.

The New Student Orientation Cat Camp sessions will be held in conjunction with the one-day orientation through New Student Orientation. There will be two sessions available for registration in February via the New Student Orientation site. The dates for those sessions are: June 23-25 and July 21-23. 

The Traditional Cat Camp session is 4-days and 3-nights held August 17-20. This session is open to all incoming students. Registration for the traditional session will also be available in February!

Feel free to contact catcamp@txstate.edu if you have further questions.

What is the difference between Cat Camp and New Student Orientation?

Cat Camp is an optional spirit and traditions camp open to all students. New Student Orientation is required for all incoming students and where you will register for your courses. For summer 2017, Cat Camp and New Student Orientation will be collaborating to provide two New Student Orientation-Cat Camp sessions.

The New Student Orientation-Cat Camp sessions are a hybrid of orientation and Cat Camp. Students who attend these sessions will be able to experience a one-day orientation (sign-up for classes!) along with the Cat Camp program. Students will be staying in one of the residence halls, during Cat Camp.

 

What do you do at Cat Camp?

Cat Campers will be engaged in all sorts of fun activities for the entire camp. Aside from the normal camp activities such as ice breakers, hanging out, and developing relationship with their knowledgable counselors, Cat Campers will also get to participate in Riverfest pool/park time, a themed dance, Bobcat-themed activities, and so much more!

The schedule is an outline and is subject to change for Summer 2017. Stay tuned for more information!

New Student Orientation-Cat Camp Sessions:

Day 1

Welcome to Cat Camp

 

Camp Activities

 

Group Themed Dance

 

Free time

 

Day 2

Camp Activities

 

Riverfest (Sewell Park)

 

Free time/Time to clean up

 

Camp Activity

 

Day 3

Camp Activities

 

Free time/Time to pack up

 

Ending of Cat Camp

 

 

Traditional Session:

Day 1

 

Welcome to Cat Camp

 

Camp Activities

 

Group Themed Dance

 

Free time

 

Day 2

Camp Activities

 

Riverfest (Pool Party)

 

Free time/Time to clean up

 

Camp Activity

 

Day 3

Camp Activities

 

Pool Time (part II)

 

Free time/Time to clean up

 

Camp Activities

 

Day 4

Camp Activities

 

Free time/Time to pack up

 

Ending of Cat Camp

 

How much does Cat Camp cost?

If you would like to attend Cat Camp in conjunction with your New Student Orientation, then please go to the New Student Orientation site and sign up for a session. Session dates will be available soon. The Cat Camp session itself will cost $125 in conjunction with New Student Orientation. This includes your meals, your housing, t-shirts, and all the fun activities and memories in between!

If you are attending a traditional Cat Camp, the cost to attend will be $155 per person. This includes transportation to and from Texas State to camp, your meals, your housing, t-shirts, and all the fun activities and memories in between!

How long is Cat Camp?

New Student Orientation-Cat Camp and the July Traditional camp are three-day, two-night programs.

The Traditional Cat Camp session in August is a four-day, three-night program. Though it may end after a few days, we encourage students and counselors to stay actively involved through the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Where is Cat Camp held?

Cat Camp is held both on and off campus.

If you are attending the Cat Camp session in conjection with your New Student Orientation, Cat Camp will be held on-campus.

If you are attending one of the traditional Cat Camp sessions, we will meet on campus and then take buses to a site off-campus. The July session will be held at T-Bar-M in New Braunfels and the August session will take place at camp Young Judaea in Wimberley.

Who are Cat Camp Staff?

Cat Camp staff are all successful student leaders, many of whom are Cat Camp alumni! They are students who are passionate about Texas State and hope to impassion incoming students. Cat Camp has counselors, CREW, and Executive Team members. The counselors run small groups and are there to ensure your students have the best experience possible. The CREW members are behind the scenes and make sure the camp runs smoothly. The Executive Team members have been working since Fall 2016 to make sure the camp is the best possible experience!

What should we pack?

The packing list includes comfortable clothes, an outfit for the themed dance (theme TBA), a bathing suit, toiletries, Bobcat spirit, and much more! All campers are emailed a packing list before camp. There is also a packing list available here.

Is Cat Camp affiliated with religion or spirituality?

Cat Camp is not affiliated with any religious or spiritual beliefs.

Who will my roommate be?

If you are attending the New Student Orientation - Cat Camp session, you will have one other roommate of the same gender. Roommates will be assigned according to order of arrival on the morning of check-in.

If you are attending the Traditional session, you will be assigned to a cabin with students of the same gender. Each cabin will have multiple Cat Camp staff members.

Do I have to be 18 to attend Cat Camp?

All admitted Texas State University incoming students are eligible for Cat Camp. If a camper is under 18, a parental waiver form must be filled out and will be sent prior to their camp session.

Any student under the age of 18 is allowed to attend any Cat Camp session!

Do my parents attend Cat Camp?

Cat Camp is specifically for students. There are no activities for parents.

Is there financial assistance available for interested Cat Campers?

Currently, Cat Camp relies on donations in order to provide financial assistance to students that request it. At this time, Cat Camp does have donations in order to provide financial assistance.

Financial assistance is given on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please contact catcamp@txstate.edu and we will work to help you!

Cat Camp is activley seeking donations in order to help provide students the opprotunity to attend Cat Camp.

 

What is the Cat Camp cancellation policy?

Due to the nature of the program and the cost of supplies and reservation space for each camper, the fee is non-refundable.

If you have concerns about this, please contact catcamp@txstate.edu or (512) 245-1688