Wildcat Discovery Camp at Chico State

Camp FAQs

How are we different from other summer programs? 

Wildcat Discovery Camp allows you to pick from a schedule of awesome Monday–Thursday classes across five, one- and two-week sessions during the summer. Kids can discover and explore new topics for a few hours a day, half days, full days, or any combo that works for you. Before- and after-care are available to take the pressure off busy adults' schedules.

Who will be teaching the classes?

We are putting together an awesome team of people who love kids and have a passion for teaching and learning. Many of our instructors will be from Chico State liberal studies credential and graduate programs and are preparing for a career in education. In addition, our camp assistants will be the friendly, familiar faces your kids will connect with every day. All camp staff will be vetted, pass background checks, and be fully qualified to work with minors. We are planning for a 9:1 child-to-adult ratio during camp sessions.

Are other Chico State camps happening this summer?

Yes! Below are links to the other camp programs that are happening this summer. Check their websites for specifics. We will continue to add links as new camps come online.

What COVID safety protocols will be in place?

We are still working through what our, and the University's, COVID protocols and requirements will be during the summer. The University follows Butte County Public Health Guidelines and is working diligently to keep all campus students, employees, and visitors healthy. At this time we do not anticipate that vaccines will be required for campers. We will keep you updated as we get closer to summer.

Can I double-up with a buddy or sibling?

We're unable to guarantee that your camper is in the same class(es) as a buddy or sibling. We recommend that you coordinate with others to register early and at the same time to reserve your spots before a class fills.

Are there discounts or financial assistance available?

There are no sibling discounts or scholarships available for the 2022 camp season.

Are special accommodations available for campers?

We are happy to work with you on accommodations, from medications to accessibility to special needs. During the registration process you will be able to provide information about your camper's needs and staff will follow up with you to discuss and coordinate. You can also email us at rce@csuchico.edu with questions before you submit a registration.

What is the add/drop/swap classes policy?

We will receive adds, drops, and swaps (if there is space available) with no penalty until 5pm the Tuesday before the course begins. After this time a 50% refund will be issued. To make a change call our office (530-898-6105) during business hours or email rce@csuchico.edu and our registration team will assist you.

Where do we drop off and pick up our campers?

The drop-off site for all programs is in the roundabout between the Arts building and the Performing Arts Center at Normal and Second Streets. Program assistants will be available at this site to guide campers to their destinations. Parents are also welcome to park on an adjacent street and personally sign their camper(s). Sign in and sign out by a parent/guardian/authorized adult will be required each day. Older campers are not allowed to check themselves out of camp.

Are the campers free to roam around campus by themselves?

There should never be a time when campers are unsupervised. Camp assistants will be present to to supervise and to escort campers to and from classes.

Do campers have to bring their own lunch?

Campers who registered to spend lunch with us need to bring their own lunch. It will be held in the lunch room until lunchtime. (No refrigeration is available.) 

Will my camper be graded?

Our program is designed to provide opportunities to explore in depth a broad array of popular topics that stretch both mind and body. However, these summer camp classes are designed for fun and discovery, with no tests or grades.

Is attendance taken?

To make sure all campers are safe, present, and accounted for attendance is taken daily in each class. Please call or email our office (530-898-6105 or rce@csuchico.edu) if your camper will be absent. Absences should be reported at least one hour before the start of a class or day. Calls will be made to parents in the case of unreported absences.   

My camper is seven, can she still participate?

We will allow seven year old’s to participate as space allows. Priority will be given to 8–11 year old’s. You may add your camper to the waitlist for the class and we will follow up with you.

My camper is ten and would like to take a class offered only to 11–14 year old’s. Can he still register?

We will allow ten year old’s to participate in the 11–14 year old programs as space allows. Priority will be given to campers who are 11–14. You may add your camper to the waitlist for the class and we will follow up with you.

Is there a limit of how many kids are in a class?

We strive to provide personal and individualized instruction. Classes are kept to a 9:1 student to teacher/program assistant ratio and there are a maximum of 18 campers per class. If a class has filled, you can add yourself to a waitlist. Openings are filled as they arise.

I work longer hours than 9am–4pm. Can I drop my camper off early / pick them up late?

Before- and after-camp supervision is available on a daily basis for a fee. You can sign up for Before Care and/or After Care when you register for camp.