Cub Camp is a first year program held the week before classes begin for new Coogs at an off-campus retreat center in Trinity, Texas. For three days and two nights, campers learn more about UH, its traditions, and the on-campus community. This is an opportunity for the class of 2022 to come together as a class, have fun, make friends, and learn more about creating a successful life at UH and in Houston.
August 12-14, 2019
Cub Camp: Defined
At Cub Camp you will participate in all of the typical “summer camp” activities like water sports, challenge games, and relaxing by the pool in addition to UH specific activities and discussions that focus on your success as a student.
Cub Camp is student-run and student-led, which means that our entire staff is comprised of current UH students, many of whom are former campers! These student leaders have spent the past year planning and preparing to lead you through your first tradition and into your life at UH.
Your time at Cub Camp will be divided four different ways:
You will be assigned to a small group with other campers. Each discussion group (DG) is led by two current UH experts, who happen to also be UH students, and has its own unique vibe. Your counselors will lead your DG through different discussions centered on tips for student success!
Each Discussion Group belongs to an Individual Camp. Individual Camps are led by Co-Chairs and Counselors. You will spend the majority of Cub Camp with either Yellow, Purple, Blue, or Green Camp, watching skits, competing in challenges, and participating in discussions. Each Individual Camp has its own unique theme, chants, and Namesake.
Each day of Cub Camp all of the Individual Camps come together for All Camp activities and presentations from on-campus departments at UH. During All Camp times, the activities you will participate in will revolve around the four Cub Camp core values: Spirit, Tradition, Unity, and Growth. These are also times for you to show your pride for your Individual Camp!
Free Time and Evening Activities
On both Day One and Day Two of Cub Camp, you will get the opportunity to “choose your own adventure” during Free Time in the afternoon. Each evening a different activity is provided for campers to relax and hang out after their busy day.
Discover Cub Camp
The UH campus is full of opportunities, with new discoveries to be made around every corner. That is why every moment of Cub Camp is carefully designed to help you find the right resources and build the strongest connections at UH. Discover your next steps at Cub Camp.
Cub Camp Stats:
- 92% of campers leave Cub Camp feeling proud to be a Coog!
- 42% of current camp counselors are previous participants
- 69 student staff members help plan and execute Cub Camp
- 96% of campers return to UH after their first semester
No matter where your interests lie, you will find something you love at Cub Camp. Check out some of the fun below!
Put your Coog Paws up for your first taste of UH spirit! Following your initial Check-in to Cub Camp, we will hear from the Spirit of Houston, the official UH marching band, and introduce you to your Co-Chairs.
Take some time to decompress in your cabin, hit the lake on a kayak, or shoot some hoops- we will have Free Time on both Day One and Day Two of camp.
Capture the Flag
Compete with your camp, and show pride in your camp color, to capture the flag of the three opposing camps in this fast paced and strategic game.
Now is your chance to participate in Cub Camp’s chant war - yell your loudest but remember to stay on beat!
Relax with your new friends at the Hometown to H-Town mixer at the end of Day One. We will have dance music, board games, snacks, and more!
Ultimate Coog Games
Inspired by the Amazing Race, Ultimate Coog Games will test your DG’s skills of logic, teamwork, athleticism, and perseverance. Each DG will compete to win points for their camp!
During Cub Camp registration, you will have the opportunity to opt into showcasing your unique skills during the Cub Camp Talent Show. You’ve put in the hard work, now show it off!
Camp to Campus
Do you have the right mindset to meet all of your goals? Your Co-Chairs can help out with that. On the final day of Cub Camp we discuss how to successfully bring all of the things you learned at camp back to campus and beyond.
Each Individual Camp is named after a member of the UH faculty, staff, or alumni who has positively impacted the student experience at UH. You will meet your Namesake at camp, where they have the opportunity to participate in all of the Camp activities alongside you.
Find Your Place at Cub Camp
There’s no doubt that you belong at UH. Cub Camp is here to help you walk in like you own the campus on your first day. At camp you will meet people who will radically influence the next four years- your new classmates will become your friends and support system, and help shape your experience as a Cougar. During your time at UH you will discover who you are and find places where you truly belong. It all starts here, at Cub Camp!
Don't believe us? See what past campers have to say about Cub Camp:
The freshmen attending Cub Camp are divided up into four camps (green, yellow, blue, purple) and each camp is led by 2 student Co-Chairs and 12 student Counselors. Every camp is then named after a University of Houston faculty, staff, or alumnus who has positively impacted students' success for students. Namesakes have the opportunity to interact with and impact student camp staff and incoming freshman students in their camp over the course of the year and attend camp in August! Current students or members of the UH community may nominate a faculty member, staff member or alumnus as a way to honor the passion and dedication these individuals have for the Red and White! Current undergraduate and graduate students will not be included for consideration. The Cub Camp Executive Team will review nominations and make Camp Namesake selections.2019 Namesake Nominations are NOW OPEN through January 28!