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March 14th, 2009
Cat Camp to impart Bobcat traditions

STAFF REPORT

“Cat Camp,” a summer program designed to introduce incoming freshmen to Texas State traditions, will be held from July 6-8, and Aug. 7-9, at Camp Young Judaea in Wimberley.

“We want our new students to know what it means to be a Bobcat, and give then a chance to come together and make new friends,” said Celeste Nored, Texas State Director of Annual Giving and Pride and Traditions Committee member. “We hope that Cat Campers will go back to their campus and teach other students about Bobcat traditions, and that this will lead to more involved students, and, eventually, to a more engaged alumni base.”

The camp, which is optional for new students, will cost $155 per person. Organizers plan to welcome 400 campers in the camp’s first year. The project was a combined effort of the Texas State administration, along with various student groups. Recruiting is underway for 16 student camp counselors.

“The counselors we hire will be instrumental in planning the curriculum and activities for Cat Camp,” said Assistant Director of Residential Life and Pride and Traditions co-chair Ted Ingwersen. “We want good student leaders who care about their university and their fellow students. Our eventual goal is to make this a student-driven project.”

Cat Camp will not replace the mandatory Paws Preview and new student orientation programs. Scholarship assistance is available for students in need. To apply for Cat Camp contact Ingwersen at (512) 245-8477, or via email. The website can be found here.

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