Reunion & Commencement
Weekend is a family event—bring the kids!
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. For specific
information on the Preschool Program, please contact Diane Kischell, director of
the Neighborhood Preschool, at 860/346-4333.
Cardinal Children’s Program - Preliminary
Friday, May 23
Meet and Greet
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
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
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.
A student supervisor
will pick up dinner from a local eatery.
Musical Performance and Singalong with Steve Roslonek ’93
’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.
Shoot hoops with
Gerry McDowell, Wesleyan’s head coach of basketball. This session is geared
toward children ages 8 through 12.
After a full day of activities, we’ll relax, enjoy some munchies, and
watch a movie (two choices will be offered, based upon age).
Time for Bed
We will clean up and
get ready to say goodnight. Parents, PLEASE pick your children up by midnight.
Saturday, May 24
student staff for another day of fun and excitement. We’ll play more games and
Annual Parade Practice
Campers have the
opportunity to paint T-shirts and create banners to be proudly displayed in the
Fun Train Ride
All aboard! Children
will enjoy a cruise down High Street in this mini-trolley.
Assemble for the Annual Parade
Annual Parade Begins
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
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.
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.
Tom Chapin P ’03: Live in Concert
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.
Once upon a time
. . . campers are treated to an exciting storytelling session in a land far, far
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.
Goodnights and Goodbyes
Once again, it’s
time to wind down and bid farewell. Parents, PLEASE pick your children up before