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 half days, full days, or any combo that works for you. BYO lunchtime with other campers is available, too.

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. 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.

Wildcat Discovery Camp kids launch a stomp rocket.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?

We are currently pursuing scholarships to help offset camp fees for kids from low income families. Use the form on the main page to let us know if you'd like to keep you updated.

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 pce@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 pce@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 at the Arts Building at Normal and Second Streets. Park on an adjacent street and walk with your camper(s) to sign them in. Program assistants will be available at this site to guide campers to their destinations. Sign in and sign out by a parent/guardian/authorized adult is required each day. Older campers are not allowed to check themselves out of camp.

Wildcat Discovery Camp textiles class lets kids learn knitting, crocheting, and more!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. Lunches 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 contact us as soon as possible at 530-898-6105 or pce@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.   

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.

I have to be at work by 8am. Can I drop my camper off early?

You can sign in your camper beginning at 7:45 a.m.