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Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement (SLICE)
Student Union & Recreation Center (SURC) 250)
(509) 963-1850
slice@cwu.edu

 

Start your CWU experience with Cat Camp

What is Cat Camp?

Cat Camp is a leadership-transition program designed to welcome incoming first-year and transfer students to the CWU community hosted by Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement (SLICE)! This camp has two separate sessions that offer unique experiences for each group. In each session, campers will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves, create connections with other incoming students, develop a stronger understanding of CWU, and begin their CWU legacy through service. Both camps will have similar framework for leadership development but will have specific excursions to support a variety of interests.

Meals and lodging are provided for each particpant throughout both Cat Camp expeiences. Along with a Cat Camp t-shirt, transportation, and other camp materials.

"I learned how to better lead a team and strategize to get a project done. I definitely feel more connected to CWU because I know more about the school along with all the people I was able to connect with. It made the transition a lot easier." - Cat Camp Participant 2022

How to Register?

Student registration is limited and occurs on a first come, first serves basis, and registration closes 14 days prior to each camp. Payments will be taken via a secure web payment.

*Students are asked to only sign up for one of the two sessions and will not be accepted to both sessions.

Registration for both camps is officially closed!

Accommodations

We pride ourselves in staying inclusive and respectful to provide the best experience for every student. If you require any accommodation, please contact SLICE@cwu.edu to make appropriate arrangements.


Cat Camp Overview, Sample Schedule, & Session Information

  • Discover - Seattle, WA

    Discover the Leader in you! Join us for a four-day, three-night session at Camp Long in West Seattle, Washington. This session will have the traditional camp feel but in the big city. Campers will get to experience exciting leadership development in addition to some of Seattle's best attractions, including a tour through the Museum of Pop Culture and attending a Seattle Storm game.

    Discover Schedule Overview

    Day 1 (July 15) Day 2 (July 16) Day 3 (July 17) Day 4 (July 18)

    Check-In (opens at 2:00 p.m. - leave by 3:00 p.m.)

    Wake Up & Breakfast Wake Up & Breakfast Wake Up & Breakfast

    Arrive to Camp Long and get a welcome to camp

    All Camp Challenge Load Vans & Travel Downtown Team Meeting
    Get settled in your bunk Leadership Development Experience Explore Seattle Route (Pikes Place, Noteable sites, etc.) Leave to Service Project
    Team Meeting Team Meeting Museum of Pop Culture Leadership Activity Engage in collective service with Food LifeLine
    Dinner Lunch Lunch Lunch
    Roll Call & Showcase Leadership (Part 2) Explore the Museum of Pop Culture Camp Graduation Celebration
    Speed Friending Goofy Relay Challenge Team Meeting Depart for CWU Ellensburg campus or CWU Des Moines campus
    Community Connections (movies/games) Team Meeting Seattle Storm Game Return by 3:30 p.m.
    Downtime & Break Travel back to Camp Long
    Dinner Goal Setting Workshop
    Team Challenge Camp Fire & College Prep Activitiy
    Community Connections (optional hike, camp fire) Community Connections

    *Please note that the above is a tentative overview and items are subject to change.

  • Adventure - Naches, WA

    Adventure is out there! Join us for four-day, three-night session at Camp Ghormley in Naches, Washington. In this session campers will dive into their leadership style while becoming one with nature as they experience white water rafting, hikes, low & high ropes courses and more!

    Adventure Schedule Overview

    September 11 (Move-In) Day 1 (September 12) Day 2 (September 13) Day 3 (September 14) Day 4 (September 15)
    Students attending Cat Camp Discover will move in early on September 11 as coordinated by Housing and Residence Life.

    Check-In (opens at 2:00 p.m. - leave by 3:00 p.m.)

    Wake Up & Breakfast Wake Up & Breakfast Wake Up & Breakfast
    Move-in between 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (must be registered for Cat Camp to move-in early)

    Arrive to Camp Ghormley and get a welcome to camp

    All Camp Challenge Load Vans & meet with Outdoor Pursuits & Rentals Team Meeting
    Get settled in your bunk Leadership Development Experience White Water Rafting Safety Leave to Service Project
    Team Meeting Team Meeting White Water Rafting Engage in collective service project
    Dinner Lunch Lunch Lunch
    Roll Call & Showcase Leadership (Part 2) Downtime Camp Graduation Celebration
    Speed Friending Goofy Relay Challenge Team Meeting Depart for CWU Ellensburg campus
    Community Connections (movies/games) Team Meeting Outdoor Hike Return by 3:30 p.m.
    Downtime & Break Dinner
    Dinner Goal Setting Workshop
    Team Challenge Preparing for College
    Community Connections (optional hike, camp fire) Community Connections

    *Please note that the above is a tentative overview and items are subject to change.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does Cat Camp cost?

    Cat Camp costs for 2023 will be released soon, don’t hesitate to reach out to slice@cwu.edu requesting for the fee to be waived.

  • When do I have to register for Cat Camp?

    Student registration is limited and occurs on a first come, first serves basis, and registration closes 14 days prior to each camp. Payments will be taken via a secure web payment. Remember there are a limited number of spots, so sign up as soon as you can!

  • Who can go to Cat Camp?

    Cat Camp is designed for new first-year and transfer CWU students. Students starting this fall at any of the CWU campuses are welcome to attend Cat Camp! Our goal is to connect you with other new students and show you help you prepare for a successful college journey.

  • What are the different excursions for each camp?

    Cat Camp Discover (July 15 – 18, 2022) is focused on exploring the city of Seattle. Students will explore various areas including Pikes Place, the Museum of Pop Culture, and even attend a Seattle Storms basketball game!

    Cat Camp Adventure (September 12 – 15, 2022) is focused on a traditional camp experience intertwining the outdoors with leadership development. Students will engage in a variety of outdoor activities including a ropes course, white water rafting, hiking, and more!

  • Who are the staff for Cat Camp?

    You will see some familiar faces at Cat Camp as your Orientation Leaders are also serving as the Camp Staff! These incredible student leaders will offer support, experience activities with you, and be awesome connections for the fall quarter. These Camp Leaders are led by 3 incredible SLICE Student Leads and the professional staff Leadership Coordinator.

  • What is included for student participants?

    All components of the camp experience are included for participants (lodging, transportation, meals, t-shirt, leadership materials, and excursions.

  • What is the lodging situation?

    We have cabins with bunk beds (twin size beds at Camp Ghormley and full-size beds at Camp Long). Each camper will have their own bunk and coordinated cabin led by a Camp Leader!

  • When do I move-in to my residence hall if I participate in Cat Camp Adventure?

    Students joining in on Cat Camp Adventure will move into their respective residence hall early on September 11 or 12. Additional information will come in your Cat Camp confirmation packet!

  • Does Cat Camp replace my orientation experience?

    Nope, Cat Camp does not replace orientation! Cat camp is completely optional for students and is supplemental to all of the great experiences at orientation.

  • I want to attend Cat Camp Discover but I already live on the west side of the state. Can I meet you there?

    We know students attending Cat Camp are joining from a variety of locations. We are hosting a secondary check-in on the west side at the CWU Des Moines Campus and we will provide transportation from there! Please note: this secondary option is only available for Cat Camp Discover in July. Make sure you indicate that you want the west side check-in option in your camp registration.

  • I'm registered! What should I bring?

    A full packing list will be provided to each student who registers for Cat Camp. Here is a condensed list to help you visualize what to bring:

    • 1 water bottle (essential)
    • Light Jacket/Sweatshirt - sometimes it's cold
    • Necessary clothing items to stay comfortable (t-shirt(s), Shorts/pants, socks, sneakers, hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip balm
    • Flashlight (we'll have some too!)
    • Personal toiletries
    • Sunglasses
    • Sleeping bag or linens (whatever will help you feel comfortable)
    • Pillow/pillowcase
    • Towel and shower shoes
    • Wildcat Pride! (Oh wait - you already have that!)

    Please note: Alcohol and other drugs (including marijuana) are not permitted for the duration of Cat Camp. Cat Camp is not responsible for any lost or stolen items that are brought to camp.