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Camp Cardinal

Reunion & Commencement Weekend is a family event—bring the kids!

The entire family is strongly encouraged to participate in Reunion & Commencement Weekend. While you attend various activities, your children (ages 4 months through 12 years) may enjoy Camp Cardinal, a supervised program created to entertain children during the weekend.

Camp Cardinal Preschool Program (ages 4 months to 5 years)

We’re pleased to offer our popular preschool program for your children ages 4 months to 5 years. For the 12th consecutive year, the Neighborhood Preschool—a licensed day-care facility serving the Middletown and Wesleyan communities—will operate a special program exclusively for children of alumni and parents attending Reunion & Commencement Weekend. Its professional, trained staff will organize games and other activities, and will also provide quiet time, when needed, for the younger children in the group. The Preschool is conveniently located on the Wesleyan campus at 115 High Street, near the Butterfield residence halls.

Camp Cardinal Children’s Program (ages 6 to 12 years)

The Children’s Program will provide entertainment and supervision for 6- to 12-year-olds attending Reunion & Commencement Weekend. The program begins on Friday afternoon with games and activities, including the seventh annual all-campus scavenger hunt, and concludes with a pizza party and movies. Saturday’s schedule features more games and outdoor activities on campus. Your children can look forward to a picnic lunch, swimming in the Freeman Athletic Center Pool, large-screen movies, musical performances, sports clinics, a songwriting workshop, and an ice-cream sundae party.

Camp Cardinal Registration

To ensure a place for your child(ren), complete and return your registration form (attached to this brochure) or register online. Please note that space is limited. The registration fee includes food, snacks, and other essentials. You may register your child(ren) for all or part of Camp Cardinal. You will receive more detailed program information, along with special permission forms, once you register.

A preliminary schedule of events is listed below, and a final schedule will be provided at the Registration site (Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 330 High Street) when you obtain your welcome packet. If you have questions or need more specific information, please contact Linda Kavan, associate director of alumni relations, at 860/685-2641 or lkavan@wesleyan.edu . For specific information on the Preschool Program, please contact Diane Kischell, director of the Neighborhood Preschool, at 860/346-4333.

Camp Cardinal Children’s Program - Preliminary Schedule

Friday, May 23

3 p.m.
Meet and Greet

Student supervisors and children will learn names and create nametags. We’ll all play some “getting to know you” games. Student staff will be available to answer questions.

4 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt (weather permitting)

Back by popular demand for the seventh consecutive year! We’ll separate into small groups and scour the campus for facts, figures, and hidden treasures.


5 p.m.
Songwriting Workshop

Older children have a chance to get their creative juices flowing at this songwriting workshop with the  Boston-based children’s singer, Steve Roslonek ’93. The workshop is geared toward children ages 8 through 12.


6 p.m.
Dinner Time

A student supervisor will pick up dinner from a local eatery.


7 p.m.
Musical Performance and Singalong with Steve Roslonek ’93

Steve Roslonek ’93 joins the Camp Cardinal group once more for an educational musical experience. Campers will enjoy dancing and singing educational and inspiring songs at this interactive performance designed for children ages 3 through 7.


Basketball Clinic

Shoot hoops with Gerry McDowell, Wesleyan’s head coach of basketball. This session is geared toward children ages 8 through 12. 


8:30 p.m.

After a full day of activities, we’ll relax, enjoy some munchies, and watch a movie (two choices will be offered, based upon age).


11 p.m.
Time for Bed

We will clean up and get ready to say goodnight. Parents, PLEASE pick your children up by midnight.


Saturday, May 24


9 a.m.
Good Morning

Children meet student staff for another day of fun and excitement. We’ll play more games and learn names.


10 a.m.
Annual Parade Practice

Campers have the opportunity to paint T-shirts and create banners to be proudly displayed in the parade.


10:30 A.M.
Fun Train Ride

All aboard! Children will enjoy a cruise down High Street in this mini-trolley.


11:15 a.m.
Assemble for the Annual Parade


11:30 a.m.
Annual Parade Begins


1:15 p.m.
Festival on Foss Hill

We’ll eat lunch and then join the adults for an afternoon of fun, games, and lots of entertainment. Get ready for face painting, arts-and-crafts, Wiffle ball, Frisbee, and so much more.


1:45 p.m.
Baseball Clinic

Join Mark Woodworth ’94, Wesleyan’s head coach of baseball for a clinic covering everything from throwing and pitching, to hitting and fielding. Come learn how to enjoy baseball and feel like a Wesleyan Cardinal player for a day.


2:30 p.m.
Fun with Fitness

Campers may enjoy swimming in our Olympic-size pool. Parents are welcome to come and make some waves with your children! Campers can also use Wesleyan’s extensive sports facilities to play basketball, dodgeball, kickball, foursquare, and more.


4 p.m.
Tom Chapin P ’03: Live in Concert

Children join Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Tom Chapin P ’03 for a family musical performance. Chapin will tell stories, sing original pieces and old favorites, and play guitar, banjo, and autoharp.


5 p.m.
Storytelling Session

Once upon a time . . . campers are treated to an exciting storytelling session in a land far, far away.


6:30 p.m.
Pizza Party


7 p.m.
Ice-Cream Sundaes and Movies

We’ll show a big-screen movie appropriate for all ages while we create and consume amazing ice cream sundaes.


11 p.m.
Goodnights and Goodbyes

Once again, it’s time to wind down and bid farewell. Parents, PLEASE pick your children up before midnight.


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