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Registration for Camp Cardinal Summer 2024 registration will begin on Monday, January 29, 2024 at 9:00am. Space is limited! 

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COVID-19 Policy Update

Stanford University will no longer require a COVID-19 Vaccination to attend Camp, however the University strongly recommends vaccination and bi-valent boosters for all summer participants.

Camp Cardinal Summer Camps

Our Classic Camp Cardinal in-person sports camps are returning this summer! Our experienced team of counselors, innovative programming, and daily activities make Camp Cardinal the best option for your kids who are at least 5 years old. Registration for Summer 2024 opens Winter 2024.

Your camper will build skills and confidence that lead to a lifetime of physical activity and wellness, and in the afternoons have the option for sports or swimming – the choice is yours!

Camp Schedule

Week 1June 10th - 14th 
Week 2June 17th - 21stRock Climbing Begins
Week 3June 24th - 28th 
Week 4July 8th - 12thSpecialty Camp Offered
Week 5July 15th - 19thSpecialty Camp Offered
Week 6July 22nd - 26thSpecialty Camp Offered
Week 7July 29th - August 2nd 
Week 8August 5th - 9th 

Classic Camp Cardinal

Classic Camp Cardinal is a summer sports activities day camp hosted by the Recreation and Wellness Department at Stanford University! Classic Camp Cardinal is open to youth ages 5 to 12 years old. (For more information on the age and grade breakdown visit our FAQs page!)  Mornings are spent getting to know each other through classic camp and P.E. games as well as team building activities!  In the early afternoons (after snack time) campers will focus on learning the basics of a different sport each day through fun imaginative games geared towards building their skills! *Please note this is not an advanced sport camp, we focus on fundamentals, basics, teamwork and fun!  
Afternoons are campers' choice! Campers will have the opportunity to choose between, continuing to play sports, arts and crafts, swimming, and rock climbing (on select days). *Please note due to lifeguard staffing and for safety reasons only 25 campers will be allowed to be in the pool each day, all campers will have the opportunity to swim at least twice throughout the week. (For more on our pool policies visit our FAQs page) 

Specialty Camp

Camp Cardinal Specialty Camp is a unique opportunity for campers to participate in a STEM program as well as some traditional Camp Activities! 
Youth ages 8-12 campers start their morning with the talented and knowledgeable PlayWell instructors as they take campers on a journey through adventures in STEM and LEGO building! Each week there is a different theme! (Themes and descriptions to be announced soon!) After lunch campers join the rest of Camp Cardinal during free choice! Campers get to choose between swimming, playing sports, arts and crafts, and rock climbing (on select days)!! 
Youth ages 5-7 start off their day with Classic Camp Cardinal and they participate in team building, classic camp games, and sports stations! After lunch campers start their journey with the fun and knowledgeable Play-Well instructors as they use LEGO's to build a world of possibilities!! Each week is a different theme! (Themes and descriptions to be announced soon!) *Please note youth participating in the afternoon LEGO session will not be swimming. Swimming is at the same time as LEGO class.

Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) Camp

Summer 2024 our Counselor in Training Camp will be introducing a new curriculum geared towards teaching the general skills on leadership, communication, responsibility, teamwork, problem solving and decision making! These valuable skills can be used at school, home and in the community (not just at camp.) C.I.T’s will also learn specific skills for working with youth campers and fellow co-workers, as well as gain experience planning and leading activities.
No two weeks are the same as they will have hands-on experience with new campers each week.  C.I.T’s will leave this leadership experience with the tools to excel as positive mentors and role-models for their peers and campers alike. Counselor in Training Camp is for youth entering 8th grade through youth entering 10th grade in the fall. (For more information on age and grade breakdown please visit our FAQs page!). Mornings will be spent learning and improving the core skills and values of a leader by focusing on a different theme each week. (more information to come). 
In the afternoons C.I.T’s are campers too and have campers choice time! Campers will have the opportunity to choose between, playing sports, arts and crafts, swimming, and rock climbing (on select days).