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[flag] Dates for Reunion & Commencement Weekend 2012 are May 24–27

Camp Cardinal

We hope the entire family will 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)

For the 19th 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.

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. Children will be supervised by current Wesleyan students who have experience with childcare. The program begins on Friday afternoon with games and activities, including the 12th 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.

Camp Cardinal “Counselors in Training”

While we do 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 Tess Smagorinsky ’09, events assistant, at or 860/685-3527 to make arrangements.

Camp Cardinal Registration

The cost for each child is $50 per session (Session 1: Friday 3 p.m.–midnight, Session II: Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and Session III: Saturday 4 p.m.–midnight). You may register for Camp Cardinal here. Upon enrollment in the program, parents and families will receive further details pertaining to the Camp Cardinal schedule and will be asked to sign a permission form for each child enrolled.

Parents may drop off their children at the Camp Cardinal desk at Registration (Usdan University Center) anytime during program hours, and must report to the Camp Cardinal desk to determine up-to-the-minute locations of program activities. Children under 6 years of age should be taken directly to the Neighborhood Preschool at 115 High Street, where all Preschool Programs will be held. You may bring along toys and other items from home that will make your child’s day more fun or comfortable. If your child is enrolled in the Children’s Program (children ages 6 through 12) and will be swimming at the Freeman Athletic Center, please provide a towel, bathing suit, and bathing cap (required). Be sure to clearly label all belongings with your child’s name.

If you have any questions, please contact Tess Smagorinsky ’09, events assistant, at or 860/685-3527. For specific information about the Preschool Program, please contact Karyn Hurlbert Bidwell, director of the Neighborhood Preschool at 860/346-4333 or

Camp Cardinal Children’s Program Preliminary Schedule (Ages 6-12 years)

Friday, May 21
3 p.m.

Meet and Greet

Student supervisors and children will learn names and create name tags. We will all play some "getting to know you" games. Student staff will be available to answer questions.

Camp Cardinal Headquarters, B25, Multipurpose Room, Usdan University Center (lower level)
4 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt (Weather Permitting)

Back by popular demand for the 12th consecutive year. We will separate into small groups and scour the campus for facts, figures, and hidden treasures.

Leaving from Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center
5 p.m.

Swimming at Freeman

Campers will enjoy swimming in our Olympic-sized pool.

Freeman Athletic Center
6:30 p.m.

Pizza Party

Dinner will be delivered by a local eatery.

Camp Cardinal Headquarters
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).

Camp Cardinal Headquarters
11 p.m.

Time for Bed

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

Camp Cardinal Headquarters
Saturday, May 22
9 a.m.

Good Morning

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

Camp Cardinal Headquarters
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.

Camp Cardinal Headquarters
11:15 a.m.

Assemble for the Annual Parade

North and South College lawn, towards High Street
11:30 a.m.

Annual Parade Begins

North and South College lawn, towards High Street

Fun with Fitness

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

Freeman Athletic Center
1 p.m.

All-College Picnic

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.

Andrus Field
4 p.m.

Arts, Crafts and Stories

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

Camp Cardinal Headquarters
4-6 p.m. Green Street Arts Center Master Classes

Campers can choose between two fantastic classes (hip-hop dancing and African drumming), taught by artists from Middletown's Green Street Arts Center who will come to the Wesleyan campus for this exciting opportunity.

CFA Courtyard and Theater Studios
6 p.m.

Pizza Party

Camp Cardinal Headquarters
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.

Camp Cardinal Headquarters
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.

Camp Cardinal Headquarters