Camp Wildcat Frequently Asked Questions
Boulder Field will serve as the ‘home base’ for Camp Wildcat. This location offers the following advantages:
- Accessibility to the UNH Outdoor Pool for swim lessons and open swim.
- Proximity to College Woods to enhance sports and adventure programming.
- Shaded areas for arts and crafts activities.
- Access to Boulder Field, Student Recreation Field, and Bremner Field offering space for a variety for camp activities
- Shaded location for Friday cookouts for Session 1, Session 2 and Outdoor Adventure Week.
- Drop-off and pick-up will take place at the College Woods entrance in Boulder Field.
- Rain day pick-up will now be at the Hamel Rec Center.
What is a typical day at camp?
- 2-week sessions at camp: A typical day consists of multiple activity blocks throughout the day. Activity blocks include: swim lessons taught by a Red Cross certified swim instructors, free swim, and organized games and activities such as sports, arts & crafts, and outdoor adventure. Special events such as talent shows and field trips are also incorporated into each week of camp.
- Travel Weeks: Consists of 5 different field trips to local attractions such as parks, museums, and/or fun centers. Transportation is provided by a local school bus company.
- Outdoor Adventure Week: This 1-week session offers opportunities for campers to engage in the outdoors. Campers learn about New Hampshire’s ecological diversity through group games, crafts and a field trip to a State Park. Previous examples of outdoor activities include orienteering, canoeing, archery, and woodsmen relays.
- Snacks: Campers receive one snack per day and milk during snack and lunchtime.
Once a week there will be a camp-wide special event for all the campers to come together as a community! Some of the activities are old camp traditions such as the Camp Wildcat Carnival (with the dunk tank, of course) or the talent show. Other camp wide activities may include a hypnotist, cardboard boat regatta, or a magician. Each week will offer something different and exciting.
How long is Camp Wildcat?
Camp Wildcat is an eight week program. Registration opens in January.
The camp day officially starts at 9:00am. Drop-off begins at 8:15am to 8:45am and normal pick-up is from 4:15-4:30pm. Complementary care will be provided from 8:00-8:15am and from 4:30-4:45pm.
An additional fee of $5 will be added to your account for every five minutes past the normal pick-up time for late parents/guardians picking up campers not enrolled in the extended care program.
What's the extended care program?
Extended Care is available Monday - Friday from 4:45pm - 5:30pm for an additional $30/child per week. Pre-registration is required and has limit of 25 children per week. The extended care program is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Pick-up will occur at Boulder Field no later than 5:30pm. Any camper enrolled in extended care not picked up by 5:30pm will incur an additional $10 fee for every five minutes past 5:30pm.
Weeks cannot be prorated, and Camp Wildcat is unable to issue refunds for any cancellations.
When and how can I register for Camp?
Registration for Camp Wildcat now open and can be completed online. The registration link is available at http://campusrec.unh.edu/camp-wildcat.
How To Register:
1) Registration requires an account be created for each child, with a unique User Name and Password.
- Already have an account? Log in to make sure account is current. There is a 'Forget User Name or Forgot password' function if needed.
- To create a new account: The same email address can be used to manage multiple child accounts. The account must be created with the name and birthdate of each child, not the parent.
2) Complete registration questions for each child.
3) Finish the registration process.
Resources for Learnforlife.unh.edu website:
Summary Registration Instructions/Tips: Information on account creation/log in, enrollment, and payment.
Payment & Refund Policies: UNH has adopted new payment and refund policies.
603-862-7227 PRESS 1: Logging in, resetting user name & password, browser issues.
603-862-7227 PRESS 3: Assistance with all other registration concerns/issues.
How do I know what swim level my child is?
Each child must be able to complete all of the skills listed in the level to move to the next level. If you are unsure of your child's Red Cross swim level, please click here to view a skills table.
Why do I need to provide swim level information?
This information helps us place your child in the correct level for the swim lessons offered during the 2-week sessions of camp (adjustments will be made if necessary). The information also assists staff in determining where children swim during field trips or aquatics activities (i.e. NH State Parks, Water Country, Mendum's Pond).
Does Camp Wildcat offer scholarships for families?
Camp Wildcat does not have a scholarship program through Campus Recreation. However, Camp Wildcat offers three free sessions through the Oyster River School District (1 per school - Mast Way, Moharimet, and ORMS). These compensated sessions are coordinated through the nurse’s office at each school. Parents are encouraged to contact the nurses’ office if interested.
We offer a 10% discount to military families. Contact Kayode Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information regarding the military discount.
Who works at Camp Wildcat?
Camp Wildcat employs a diverse group of counselors with extensive experience working with children. Counselors are UNH undergraduate students majoring in education, early childhood, social work and other related areas of study. The camp staff is also comprised of teachers, graduate students and child care professionals.
What certifications are Camp Wildcat counselors required to obtain?
Camp Wildcat staff must be certified in CPR, First-Aid and AED. A basic water safety training is also included in staff training. Each employee must also pass a criminal background check through the State of New Hampshire prior to being offered a position. Staff must also complete an extensive week of training on emergency procedures, behavior and risk management.
Can Camp Wildcat accommodate my child?
The University of New Hampshire seeks to create a welcoming and inclusive youth program experience for all participants. Reasonable accommodation, consistent with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended, Section 504 and applicable state law, may be requested to support participation of individuals with disabilities in youth camps and other youth activities. If an accommodation is needed for any reason, please contact Cathy Leach, Summer Youth Programs, 603-862-3266 (phone); TTY Users: 7-1-1 (Relay NH); or email@example.com. Accommodation request determinations are made on a case by case basis. Accommodation requests should be made at the time of registration, or as soon as possible thereafter to allow sufficient time for consideration and implementation.
Who can I contact for additional information?
Questions can be directed to Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org.