Cougar Kids Camp

The commitment at Cougar Kids Camp is to provide each camper with a fun and exciting experience and the opportunity to learn new things. The camp is for children going into grades K-7 and promotes physical activity, healthy lifestyles, skill development, cooperation, fairness, fun, and respect for each camper. 

Read more about our camp values.

Cougar Kids Camp Overview

We offer half-day (AM - 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and PM 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) and full-day (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) options from June 20-July 28. Each camp is a full week with different themes, offered Monday through Friday. 


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Staff Contact:

Melanie Rossetti | 509.335.2218

  • Who Can Participate

    Ages 5-12

  • Typical Day

    Every day, the Cougar Kids Camp schedule is designed to incorporate physical activity, educational opportunities, and fun.  Campers will participate in sports, outdoor activities, swimming, leadership activities, and team-building challenges depending on the week.  Each week also offers different themes that tie in activities like demonstrations, learning outcomes, and use of University Recreation facilities like the climbing wall and pool.

  • Types of Activities

    Activities may vary depending on each week's theme. Some things to look forward to include:

    • Swimming & Water Activities
    • New and familiar sports
    • Challenge activities
    • Crafts
    • Obstacle courses
    • Outdoor education
    • Opportunities to experience WSU programs & services
  • Learning Outcomes

    Our camp leaders strive to help Cougar kids develop in:

    • Skill Development
    • Health and Fitness
    • Sportsmanship
    • Cooperation
    • Self Esteem
    • Leadership
  • 2023 Pricing (Per Week)

       Half Day  Full Day  
    UREC Member


    *$120 early registration


    *$195 early registration

    Non-UREC Member


    *$130 early registration


    $210 early registration



    *Early registration deadlines:

    Weeks 1-3: June 1

    Weeks 4-6: July 1

Summer 2023 Weekly Themes

  • Week 1: Fitness Through the Decades (June 20-23)

    Move your way through the decades with this fun-filled week of fitness.  The week’s activities will consist of a variety of cross training, sports conditioning, martial arts, yoga, Zumba, and aquatic sessions. Campers will also work with our personal trainers to get themselves ready to move and groove through the decades in an obstacle course at the end of the week. We will not have camp on Monday, June 19th in observance of Juneteenth. 

  • Week 2: Prehistoric Week (June 26-30)

    1. Rex, velociraptors, and pterodactyls …oh my! In our second week at camp, we are heading outside to partner with WSU Outdoor Programs. We’ll have the opportunity to explore the outdoor world in a fun and safe environment. Campers will learn about Leave No Trace principles, campsite setup, compass and map navigation, and more prehistoric fun. To cap off the week we will take the campers on a hike facilitated by our Outdoor Programs staff.
  • Week 3: Stars, Stripes, and Cougs Week (July 3, 5-7)

    Come celebrate our nation’s birthday with us during week three! Though we will not be at camp on Tuesday in observance of the Fourth of July, camp is still going to be jam-packed with our favorite activities.  We will spend plenty of time in the pool and at the climbing wall, and will be playing our favorite camp games. We will also welcome our local Firefighters & ROTC for some fun activities.  

  • Week 4: Travel Through Space Week (July 10-14)

    In our fourth week at camp, our explorers will focus on space travel. Our staff guides will assist us in learning how to communicate and work as a team, navigate conflict, and respect differences in others in some space-filled challenge activities. Explorers will play fun games and participate in problem solving activities while learning life skills for the future.

  • Week 5: Sports History Week (July 17-21)

    We’ll be going for Cougar gold during the fifth week of camp! This is the week to show off your skills and discover some new sports as we explore games throughout history. Throughout the week, WSU Sport Clubs will be hosting drills and practices to help campers get to know new sports they may not be familiar with. Be ready to compete in our very own Cougar Kids Camp Games at the end of the week for your chance to taste Cougar Gold. 

  • Week 6: Treasure Island Week (July 24-28)

    In our final week of camp, we’ll be making a splash! We  will go on a journey through time and space (and the pool) with themed activities including treasure hunts, boat races, and many other activities!