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Youth camp

Cornell offers a number of summer camp programs for children and high school students. Below is a sampling:

International Summer Debate Camp

This camp, geared for students ages 13-18, attracts students from all over the world who are interested in learning and advancing their argumentative, debating and public speaking skills, combined with an experience of the Ithaca campus. Now in its sixth year, the debate camp is led by the Cornell Speech and Debate Program, providing students with debate and public speaking instruction.

The 2017 camp will be held July 30-Aug. 6, offering a choice of day camp or overnight experiences. Many students – from other countries and across the U.S. – tend to stay overnight for the week, while local students or students whose parents are vacationing in the local area often come for the camp’s debate instruction and practice during the day.

For more information, see the web page, email or call 607-255-2136.

Summer youth programs through Cornell's Adult University

In addition to its residential programs for adults and kids, Cornell's Adult University (CAU) offers commuter camp for area youth weekly from July 10 to Aug. 4 . Youngsters get a taste of college life at Cornell while experiencing the fun and friendships of camp, with well-organized activities, field trips, kid-friendly meals, and a chance to explore Cornell’s Ithaca campus.

Supervised by well-trained, caring counselors, younger commuter campers (ages 3-12) participate in programs Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., while teens (ages 13-15) enjoy programs and activities from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Children of Cornell employees receive a 20 percent discount off the regular program charge.

For more information on CAU youth programs, see

Summer College programs for high school students

Cornell's Summer College offers precollege programs for motivated high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, who earn up to six college credits in courses taught by Cornell faculty. Students choose from more than 30 two-, three-, or six-week programs, more than 50 Cornell courses, or the non-credit robots program, all offered between June 24 and August 8.

Courses, grades and credits earned are recorded on an official Cornell University transcript and can generally be applied toward an undergraduate degree at Cornell or another school. Summer College students also can take advantage of college admissions counseling and a college fair.

For information, visit

Cornell Athletics camps and clinics

Cornell Athletics runs sports camps and clinics for boys and girls, ages 6-19. All camps are held on the Cornell campus at Cornell’s Division I athletic facilities.   

CUBS Camp is a week-long all-sports camps for boys and girls, ages 6-12. Campers will be introduced to several different sports; this full-day camp is packed with fun and creative sport-specific games as well as team-building activities. The camp includes swimming daily at Cornell’s pool and lunch daily in the dining hall. There are seven weeks of CUBS Camp, starting June 26 and running through August 11. 

Cornell Camps & Clinics also offers several sport-specific camps, including such sports as soccer, lacrosse, football, tennis, rock climbing, volleyball and basketball. 

A full listing of all sports offered, as well as more information and the complete camp calendar, can be found at

New York state 4-H camps

Nine 4-H camps throughout New York state are open to all young people, whether or not they are enrolled as 4-H members.  All of these camps offer traditional resident camp programs and some also offer day camps and shortened overnight programs for younger campers.  

In addition, several camps are offering such specialty camps as 4-H science camps, or programs for unique audiences (for instance, for children with autism or for at-risk youth).

4-H is part of Cornell Cooperative Extension. For more information, see involved/pages/camps.aspx.