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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 14th 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 ninth annual all-campus scavenger hunt and a cooking lesson, and concludes with a pizza party, and movies. Saturday’s schedule features more games, meals, and lots of other fun-filled indoor and outdoor activities on campus.

CAMP CARDINAL “COUNSELORS IN TRAINING”

While we will not offer a schedule of activities for teens, children 13 and older are welcome to act as “counselors in training” throughout the weekend. Teens may assist student counselors with various children’s activities during Camp Cardinal hours. Please contact Linda Kavan, associate director of events, at lkavan@wesleyan.edu or 860/685-2641 to make arrangements.

CAMP CARDINAL REGISTRATION

Please complete and return your registration form (attached to this brochure) or register online. The registration fee includes food, snacks, and other essentials. Once you register, you will receive more detailed program information, along with special permission forms.

A preliminary schedule of events is listed here, and a final schedule will be provided at Registration (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 events, at 860/685-2641 or lkavan@wesleyan.edu.  For specific information about the Preschool Program, please contact Diane Kischell, director of the Neighborhood Preschool, at 860/346-4333.

CAMP CARDINAL CHILDREN’S PROGRAM (ages 6 to 12 years )

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MAY 20

3 P.M.

Meet and Greet

Student supervisors and children will learn names and create name tags. 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 ninth consecutive year. We’ll separate into small groups and scour the campus for facts, figures, and hidden treasures.

 

6 P.M.

Cooking Lesson and Homemade Pizza Party

Show off your talents in the kitchen while learning to create homemade pizza with various toppings.

 

7:30 P.M.

Movies

After a full day of activities, we’ll relax, enjoy some munchies, and watch movies (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 21

 

9 A.M. 

Good Morning

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

 

9:30 A.M.

Yoga for Kids

Be a tree, a lion, a triangle, a wheel, a flamingo, and more. Join Janet Oblon, yoga instructor, at Stage Left Dance in Middletown, to learn about postures, breath work, yoga games, and deep relaxation. Have fun with fellow campers while enhancing strength, flexibility, balance, and concentration. This session is geared toward children ages 6–9.

 

10:30 A.M.

Annual Parade Practice

Please bring a plain white T-shirt to be decorated and proudly donned for the big parade. Campers will also have the opportunity to create parade banners.

 

11:15 A.M.

Assemble for the Annual Parade

 

11:30 A.M.

Annual Parade Begins

 

12–1 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.

 

1 P.M.

All-College Picnic and “Kids Fair”

We’ll eat lunch and then join the adults for an afternoon of fun, games, and lots of entertainment. Get ready for pony rides, a petting zoo, moonbounce games, face painting, tattoos, caricaturist drawings, and more.

 

1:30 P.M.

Baseball Clinic

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

 

2–3 P.M.

Traditional Tibetan Dance Workshop

Children ages 7 and older will enjoy this workshop at the new Green Street Arts Center.

 

4 P.M.

Arts, Crafts, and Stories

Time to get creative by making art masterpieces and telling tall tales.

 

6 P.M

Dinner Time

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

 

8 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.