Office of Leadership & Student Involvement

Cat Camp



What is Cat Camp?

As part of the ongoing educational leadership experience at Western Carolina University and the Office for Leadership and Student Involvement, 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 Western Carolina University community before move-in day. ONLY 130 students will be afforded the opportunity to 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 have one session August 8 - 12 at the Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Cat Campers will be housed in this facility and will be provided with meals and entertainment throughout every day and night!

Important Note: Once you check in for Cat Camp on August 8, 2015 this will serve as your official check in. You will officially be settled in to WCU as a catamount and will not have to worry about checking in with all other incoming first year students on Friday August 14, 2015.

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, paint ball, zip line, 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.

How much does Cat Camp cost? $250 (Includes: meals, transportation, lodging, all activities)

OPEN NOW! APPLY TODAY! Spaces fill up quickly!

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If you have any questions please contact: or (828)227-3887

Refunds will be administered up until Friday July 24, 2015. To obtain a refund an email must be sent to requesting a full refund. You must include your full name (and students name if different) and address where refund will be send. Because of the short turn around time we cannot grant refunds after July 24, 2015. 


We cannot wait to see you at Cat Camp!