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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)! 

Meals and lodging are provided for each participant throughout both Cat Camp experiences. 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

Camp Overview

Cat Camp Adventure 2023 - 9/11 to 9/14

Adventure is out there! Join us for a four-day, three-night session at Black Diamond Camp in Auburn, Washington. In this session, campers will dive into their leadership style while becoming one with nature as they experience a variety of events, and activities like our "Dive In Movie", community development, low & high ropes courses, and more!

Adventure Schedule Overview

September 10 (Move-In)

  • Students attending Cat Camp will move in early on September 10 as coordinated by Housing and Residence Life.
  • Move-in between 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (must be registered for Cat Camp to move-in early)
  • Cat Camp Mixer - Students will get to meet leaders and other participants. Dinner and lawn games will be provided.

Day 1 (September 11)

  • Breakfast at Holmes Dining
  • Cat Camp Kickoff + Welcoming Announcements
  • Travel to Black Diamond
  • Room Assignments, unpack, and get settled in cabins.
  • Lunch
  • Camp Welcome and Tour
  • Team Meeting, Ice breakers, team name, poster design
  • Poster presentation
  • Community Building Activity
  • Team Meeting
  • Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag, Rec Games & Free Time

Day 2 (September 12)

  • Wake Up & Breakfast
  • CWU Rec Activity - CWU Recreation will come to camp to lead a large group activity
  • Team Meeting
  • Lunch
  • Leadership Rotations
  • Getting for college workshops (student's choice)
  • Team Meeting
  • Dinner
  • Open Mic Night and Talent Show
  • Dive In Movie

Day 3 (September 13)

  • Wake Up & Breakfast
  • Team Meeting
  • Free-Time: Wellness Hike, Pool, Rec Games
  • Lunch
  • High Ropes, Rock Climbing, Ninja Course
  • Dinner
  • Fireside Chat with CWU Alumni
  • Cat Camp Social

Day 4 (September 14)

  • Wake Up & Breakfast
  • Team Meeting
  • Room/Camp clean up
  • Camp Graduation
  • Travel back to CWU (Estimated return would be 1 p.m)
  • Movers and Shakers (9/15) - Volunteer opportunity for Cat Camp participants.
  • *Please note that the above is a tentative overview and items are subject to change.

How to Register? It's Open Now!

Student registration is limited and occurs on a first come, first serves basis, and registration closes 14 days prior to camp. The cost of attending camp is $150. Payments will be taken via a secure web payment. Registration for Cat Camp 2023 is open!

*Students are welcome to request for the fee to be reduced to $75. Our priority is you attending if the fee would make you not want to attend!

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Camp Rules

Drugs, alcohol, and vapes are prohibited at Cat Camp. Any weapons or forced violence is prohibited. Students who don't follow these rules will be reported to the University and potentially removed from the camp. All Cat Camp staff are recognized as mandatory reporters.


Cat Camp participants are expected to complete the program and participate in the scheduled activities, including Movers to Shakers. Participants are obligated to respect all Cat Camp and Black Diamond staff members. During Cat Camp, students represent the University and are expected to be responsible and respectful. All Central Washington University rules and policies apply at CAT Camp. 

Jump Start

Jump Start is a program that provides support after Cat Camp such as mentoring, programs, and connection throughout your entire first year at CWU! If you are a student who meets at least ONE of the below requirements. You could be eligible to receive Jump Start funding to cover ALL costs to attend Cat Camp. Apply using the Cat Camp application and we will reach out with more information about Jump Start funding!

Do you identify as any of the following?

  • First-generation college student (neither parent nor guardian has a four-year college degree)
  • You are in financial need (“low income” according to federal guidelines; for example, Pell-eligible)
  • You have a documented disability.
  • From a historically minoritized population (CAMP and TRIO programs included)

Cat Camp Values: Growth, Leadership, Belonging, Selfless Service

During Cat Camp, campers will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves and create connections with other incoming students

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 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.

  • Who are the Staff for Cat Camp?

    Cat Camp Leaders are current CWU students! 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 an incredible SLICE Student Lead and SLICE's Program Manager for Leadership development.

  • 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 hotel-style lodging with separate beds and one bathroom per room!

  • When do I Move-in to my Residence Hall if I Participate in Cat Camp?

    Students joining in on Cat Camp will move into their respective residence hall early on September 10. 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'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.

  • How can I ask for Accommodations?

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

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