North Central College - Naperville, IL

Cardinal Camps

Registration for 2015 Cardinal Camps is now CLOSED.

To inquite about late registration, please contact the Office of Orientation at 630-637-5410.

First-Year Students: Sign up for a CARDINAL CAMP to get a valuable jump-start to your college experience.  Each unique opportunity is designed to connect you with new friends, faculty and staff while introducing the core values that are central to a North Central College liberal arts education.  Shared moments of adventure, discussion, exploration and service provide an unforgettable immersion into life as a Cardinal – a life that will be shaped into an “informed, involved, principled and productive” leader.

Going to college is one of life’s most important transitions. Studies show that if you start college well, you’ll not only finish well but make the most of the amazing opportunities in between. Cardinal Camps help you get acclimated socially, academically and emotionally, and set you on course for an engaging and successful college journey.  Choose a camp that best fits your interests:

Wilderness Camps | September 3-7, 2015 - $175 |

HoneyRock CampAll wilderness camps take place in the scenic Northwoods of Wisconsin at HoneyRock Camp.  This remote location provides the perfect backdrop to connect, reflect and transition to college while making great memories with new classmates, faculty and staff. Enjoy an adventure in the great outdoors while being challenged to sharpen your character, teamwork and leadership.

Hiking Expedition
Explore the great Northwoods with a backpack, a tent, and a group of new friends. All levels of experience (or lack thereof) welcome.
Led by Kevin McCarthy, assistant dean of students 

Leadership Challenge
Chart your course as a future leader through “amazing-race” style outdoor challenges, competitions and reflective discussions.
Led by Renique Kersh, assistant director of leadership programs, and Lydia Pond, coordinator of recreational sports

Urban Camps | September 3-7, 2015 - $175 |

Urban CampsAll urban camps take place in downtown Chicago and introduce you to the cultural diversity of one of America's great cities.  You'll reside at a hostel in the Loop with convenient access to museums, entertainment venues, and unique neighborhoods where you will learn and serve.  You'll get a taste of the food, art and culture that make Chicago a great neighbor.

Chicago Theater
Experience a variety of top-notch theater productions, meet industry professionals, and discuss the Chicago theater scene.
Led by Carin Silkaitis, assistant professor of theater  

Faith and Action
Deepen your sense of purpose through worship, service and fellowship as you explore the role of Chicago churches, faith-based organizations, and educational institutions as agents of personal and societal change.
Led by Rev. Eric Doolittle, college chaplain

Health and Wellness
Explore health professions through visits to simulation labs and anatomy labs, and experience a healthy lifestyle through food, fitness and wellness programs.
Led by Marguerite Degenhardt, pre-professional health program coordinator  

Media and Communication
Tour the landscape of Chicago’s interactive media world where web, broadcast, print, design and technology converge – and document your own experience!
Led by Kay O’Donnell, assistant professor of journalism

Social Innovation
Investigate complex urban challenges and hang out with innovative non-profit leaders, business executives and social entrepreneurs who are changing the world one idea at a time.
Led by Whitney Roberts, assistant director for civic engagement

Sports in the City
Explore, learn, and play in one of America's greatest sports towns; visit games, tour parks, meet professionals, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how it all happens.
Led by Jared Bogan, director of alumni engagement

Premier Scholars | Aug. 26 – Sept. 7, 2015 - No Cost

Premier ScholarsThe Premier Scholars program is a unique opportunity for students who otherwise may face a disadvantage in college because of economic, cultural or educational circumstances. You'll experience a real class, live in your residence hall, get acclimated to campus and make some great friends. When you're not immersed in campus life, you'll explore the cultural, service and recreational activities in the Naperville and Chicago areas.
Led by Dorothy Pleas, director of multicultural affairs  [More info/Apply Here]


For more information about Cardinal Camps, contact the Office of Orientation at 630-637-5410.