Office of Leadership & Student Involvement

Cat Camp Leadership Exploration

What is Cat Camp Leadership Exploration?

As part of the ongoing educational leadership experience at Western Carolina University and the Department of Campus Activities’ Leadership Programs, incoming freshmen students will participate in a 5 day/4 night retreat geared towards assisting in the transition from high school to college life.  Our purpose is to expose incoming students to the WCU community before move-in day. At Cat Camp students will learn about themselves and what it means to be a Catamount, learn about and create WCU traditions, meet upperclassmen, meet new friends, build leadership skills, participate in exciting and challenging activities, and most importantly, HAVE FUN! Cat Campers will create new relationships guaranteed to last a lifetime before their classes even begin!

Cat Camp will be led by undergraduate students of Western Carolina University who bleed PURPLE & GOLD and are great examples of what it means to successfully transition and excel as a college student. Cat Camp counselors will serve as a support system and a resource for each and every Cat Camper at Cat Camp and beyond!

What happens during Cat Camp?

Every Cat Camper will be placed into a Litter (group), led by a Cat Camp Counselor, just like a true cat and their family. Each Litter will be the small group cluster each Cat Camper will stay in for the duration of camp; however they will definitely have many opportunities to mix and mingle with others. The Litters will immediately begin bonding and creating their own unique identity, developing leadership skills, having fun, learning about their fellow Cat Campers and counselors, and quickly becoming a Western Carolina family.

As a large group, Cat Campers will have an opportunity to meet EVEN MORE new friends and Cat Camp counselors, engage in get-to-know you activities, team-builders, energizers, icebreakers, and ropes courses. Cat Camp will feature some of Western Carolina University’s best and brightest as Cat Campers learn about opportunities on campus from their peers and administrators. Cat Camp’s biggest adventure will be when the Cat Campers gets down and dirty in the LARGEST SHAVING CREAM PARTY EVER.

Cat Camp 2018 will take place August 11-15, 2018 at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. The program costs $300, which includes lodging, transportation, food, and all activities.

Registration will begin in December 2017. Cat Camp is limited to the first 150 students that register AND PAY for the experience. Please check back here for the link to register.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leslie Cavin, Assistant Director for Leadership Programs


Phone: 828-227-3887