What are the different CUBS Camp divisions?

CUBS Camp offers three divisions; CUBS Pre-K, CUBS JV and CUBS Varsity. The offered divisions are divided by age, offering curriculum tailored to each age group.

i. CUBS Pre-K (ages 4-5) is geared towards incorporating various activity components to daily stories and creativity inspired activities. Ideally, children enrolling in this camp should have completed Pre-K.

ii. CUBS JV will focus on fundamentals of various sports basics with particular attention to the importance of sportsmanship.

iii.CUBS Varsity will offer sport specific programming with emphasis on progression of skills.

All three divisions will compete in a weekly competition, Super Fun Field Day, which is full of team oriented activities!

Does CUBS Camp offer curriculum other than sports?

Although CUBS Camp is a multi-sport day camp, we emphasize the importance of being healthy and active while incorporating educational components, particularly with our younger divisions. Campers will be challenged with various sport components, but most importantly, will simply be active and having fun! We do a variety of games and activities that also encourage creativity through arts and crafts.

Who can I contact with camp related questions?

Leading up to camp, it is best to contact our camp office with all inquiries. We can be reached by phone, 607-255-1200, or email, Our staffed office hours are 10am to 4pm, Monday-Friday. Please note that we are often available during camp hours outside of this timeframe, but may not be in the office. Please use the camp office contact information during camp sessions for all non-emergency related inquiries as well. For urgent and time sensitive matters during camp programming, please feel free to contact our Camp Director via cell phone - this number will be provided to all registrants in an email prior to camp. This phone accepts call and text messages.

What is the age range/backgrounds of the counselors at camp?

Our counselors range from college-aged young adults to education professionals. All counselors are over the age of 18, with at least one year of college completed, and have a passion for working with children and encouraging active lifestyles, the importance of teamwork, and sportsmanship. Each division has a director with extensive camp/education experience.

What is the counselor to camper ratio?

Our supervision ratio ranges from 1:6 to 1:10 depending on camper age and program. Although your camper will be assigned a specific group and counselor, camp programming often involves groups of like ages participating in activities together and working closely with several counselors.

Is there someone available to provide medical care in the event of an injury?

CUBS Camp has a Medical Director available at all camp check-ins to answer health related questions and review with parents any required medications/inhalers prescribed to campers. In the event of an injury at camp, the Medical Director will assess the injury and follow university protocol depending on the severity and need for additional medical attention.

Can my camper request to be in the same group as a friend?

All of our divisions are broken down into groups of six to ten campers. If your camper would like to request being in the same group as a friend attending camp, as long as they are registered for the same division, we are happy to accommodate group requests. Please note that we have a registration question to note any group requests, but please feel free to contact our office or edit your registration via your online account with any request updates.

My camper has food allergies, should I pack their lunch?

Cornell Dining offers a kid-friendly, rotating menu for our CUBS campers. During the time of registration, you are requested to note any known allergies. All food allergies and restrictions are relayed to the chefs at the dining hall, who are happy to accommodate alternative meals for those who require substitutions. Please note we encourage all parents to pack snacks for designated break times.

What should my camper bring with them to camp?

Although we provide lunch, we always recommend campers come to camp daily with a snack for our designated snack break. In addition to snacks, campers should bring a water bottle, spare clothes/swimwear for water activities, a towel, a raincoat, indoor and outdoor shoes/apparel and sunscreen.

Can my camper bring a phone or other electronic devices to camp?

Although we do not encourage electronics at camp, we understand parents often prefer their camper have a phone available when at camp. We request all electronics are put away during active times at camp and that the camper refrain from phone use to avoid distracting themselves or other campers. Please note that we recommend all valuables, including but not limited to electronics and money, to be left at home.

In case of inclement weather, what indoor activities does CUBS Camp offer?

Although we plan several camp activities outside, in cases of inclement weather (excessive heat, rain, lightning, etc.) we have several indoor facilities. Our home base for camp is the Ramin Room, an indoor turf facility. In addition, we offer activities and programming in Barton Hall and Newman Arena.

I have siblings/friends attending camp and their ages fall in different divisions. Will they participate in activities together at camp?

There will be several overlapping activities between the various divisions throughout the course of camp. Daily lunches, dynamic stretching and Super Fun Field Day, just to name a few, are great opportunities for siblings registered for different camp divisions to participate in camp programs together.

What if my child gets homesick or wants to leave camp early?

It is not unusual for campers, particularly those that are younger, to have trouble saying goodbye to their parents/guardians after check-in. Most get over it quickly and go on to have a wonderful time thanks to the help of our personable counselors and structured programming. In the rare instance that a camper continues to struggle beyond drop-off/throughout the course of camp, we will contact the parent or guardian accordingly.

How much down time do the campers have?

The downtime at camp varies among the divisions and is established primarily based on age, but we also take great consideration to the weather. CUBS Pre-K has a scheduled down time every day. This is to help our youngest campers make the most of their active time at camp. Although lunch and snack breaks are the primary down times for CUBS JV and Varsity, we schedule necessary water breaks throughout the day with particular attention to the warmer and sunnier days of the summer.

Do you offer any camp discounts?

We offer a multi week and sibling discount. Additional information on these available discounts can be found by clicking HERE.

What are your sign-in/sign-out policies?

Parents/guardians should always report to check-in on Monday mornings. This is to ensure all forms on file are accurate and up-to-date, that medical information is reviewed with the medical director and so counselors can meet who will be dropping off/picking up the camper on a daily basis. Beyond the initial check-in, campers should be signed in and out on a daily basis by parents/guardians, or others with written consent by the camper’s primary contact. If a child should leave camp without a parent present, written consent must also be provided to the camp office. This consent should include their permission to leave and their means of transportation when leaving camp and their immediate destination after leaving camp.