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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.

Preschool Program ages 4 Months to 5 Years

For the 16th 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. The 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.

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 11th annual all-campus scavenger hunt, 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.

"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 Sarah Myksin '06, assistant director of events, at smyksin@wesleyan.edu or 860/685-2522 to make arrangements.


Please complete and return your registration form (attached to this brochure) or register online. The registration fee includes food, snacks, and other essentials. Each session is $50 per child per session. Session 1 is Friday, 3 p.m.–midnight, Session 2 is Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and Session 3 is Saturday, 4 p.m.–midnight. Once you register, you will receive more detailed program information, along with special permission forms. A preliminary schedule of events for the Children's Program 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 Sarah Myksin '06, assistant director of events, at 860/685-2522 or smyksin@wesleyan.edu. For specific information about the Preschool Program, please contact Diane Kischell, director of the Neighborhood Preschool, at 860/346-4333.

Children's Program

Preliminary Schedule, Ages 6 to 12 Years

Friday, May 25

Time Event
3 p.m.

Meet and Greet

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

5 p.m.

Swimming at Freeman

Campers may enjoy swimming in our Olympic-sized pool.

6:30 p.m.

Pizza Party

Dinner will be delivered by a local eatery.

8 p.m.


After a full day of activities, we will 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 26

Time Event
9 a.m.

Good Morning

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

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


Fun with Fitness

Swimming at the Freeman pool. Parents are welcome to come and make some waves with your children.

1 p.m.

Celebrate Wesleyan's 175th Birthday! All-College Picnic and "Kids Fair"

We will eat lunch and then join the adults for an afternoon of fun, games, and lots of entertainment. Get ready for a magician, face painting, tattoos, caricaturist drawings, and more.

4 p.m.

Arts, Crafts, and Stories

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

6 p.m.

Dinner Time

Dinner will be delivered by a local eatery.

8 p.m.

Ice Cream Sundaes and Movies

We will 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 is time to wind down and bid farewell. Parents, please pick your children up before midnight.