The safety of our participants and staff will always remain our number one priority. The following procedures will be in place during youth programs:
- Masks are optional indoors for adults and participants
Click here for additional information on UNH's Youth Programming COVID-19 policies and procedures.
- Camp Wildcat is now structured into seven single week session formats. Participants can now enroll in one of five themed weeks or Outdoor Adventure.
- No field trips to sites outside of UNH will occur. Camp Wildcat plans on traveling to Mendums Pond in Barrington, NH as it is still part of UNH's campus. Travel to Mendums Pond will occur during single week themed and Outdoor Adventure weeks.
- Distanced indoor facilities for arts & crafts and inclement weather sport activities. Close proximity to shaded outdoor space for programming.
- The Hamel Recreation Center will now serve as "home base" for Camp Wildcat. This location offers the following advantages:
- Proximity to the UNH Outdoor Pool for open swim
- Proximity to Memorial Athletic Fields to enhance sports and adventure programming
- Drop-off and pick-up will take place at the rear entrance of the Hamel Recreation Center.
- Swim lessons are no longer offered during the day in single week formats. Group swim lessons are now available as an extended care option from 4:45pm-5:30pm at the end of each camp day. Parents/guardians must pick up their child(ren) no later than 5:45pm. Current maximum enrollment for extended care swim lessons is 30 campers per session.
- Masks are required indoors for adults and participants. Campers are required to carry their masks with them at all times.
- Camp Wildcat Campers will be grouped into pods of approximately 10 camps and 1-2 counselors based on age.
- Pods will only interact with their own pod throughout the day. They may share a larger outdoor and/or indoor space at the same time as another pod, but only when in compliance with COVID guidelines.
- If physical distance cannot be maintained during an activity, other interventions (masks, frequent handwashing/sanitizing, frequent sanitizing of shared surfaces) will be implemented to reduce exposure to COVID-19 between pod members.
- Camp Wildcat weeks: This week offers campers entering grades 1-7 an action-packed week of sports, arts & crafts, free swim, hobbies and adventure activities held at the UNH fields, and UNH Outdoor Pool. Each session will be themed. Campers are required to provide their own lunch. Current maximum enrollment is 80 campers.
- Outdoor adventure week: This one 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 Mendums Pond. Previous examples of outdoor activities include orienteering, canoeing, archery, and woodsmen relays.
- Snacks: Campers receive one snack per day.
Camp Wildcat is an seven-week program. Registration opens in February.
The camp day officially starts at 9:00 a.m. Drop-off begins at 8:15-8:45 a.m. and normal pick-up is from 4:15-4:30 p.m. Complementary care will be provided from 8-8:15 a.m. and from 4:30-4:45 p.m.
An additional fee of $10 will be added to your account for every five minutes past the normal pick-up time for late parents or guardians picking up campers not enrolled in the swim lesson extended care program.
Extended care is available Monday - Friday from 4:45-5:30 p.m. for an additional $50 per child per week. Pre-registration is required and has limit of 30 children per week.
The extended care program is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Registration for Camp Wildcat is now open
Resources for registering
- (603) 862-7227 PRESS 1: Registration conerns/issues, logging in, resetting user name & password, browser issues.
- (603) 862-7227: Assistance with all other registration concerns/issues.
Camp Wildcat does not have a scholarship program through Campus Recreation. However, Camp Wildcat offers three free sessions through the Oyster River School District (one 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. Email Kayode Lewis or contact by phone at (603) 862-7062 for additional information regarding the military discount.
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.
Camp Wildcat staff must be certified in CPR, first aid and AED use. 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.
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 : TTY Users: 7-1-1 (Relay NH); or email@example.com. Accommodation request determinations are made on a case by case basis. Additional support needs information is available here.
Accommodation requests should be made at the time of registration, or as soon as possible thereafter to allow sufficient time for consideration and implementation.