North Central College - Naperville, IL

Cardinal Camps

Registration for 2014 Cardinal Camps is now closed.  To inquire about late registration, 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 5-9, 2014 - $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.
Led by Kevin McCarthy, assistant dean of students 

Leadership Challenge
Chart your course as a future leader through reflective workshops and outdoor challenges.
Led by Renique Kersh, assistant to the director of leadership, ethics and values 

Outdoor Recreation
Enjoy all the outdoor sports you can handle, while learning character, teamwork and leadership.
Led by Lydia Pond, coordinator of recreation programs  

Urban Camps | September 5-9*, 2014 - $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.

Service Immersion
Volunteer with high-impact non-profit organizations while learning about pressing urban issues.
Led by Brian Rainville, director of ministry and service  

Cross-Cultural Exploration
U.S. and international students combine for cultural exchange while exploring the diversity of the city.
Led by Jack Shindler, director of international programs  

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

Health and Wellness
Explore health professions and learn about wellness initiatives in the big city.
Led by Marguerite Degenhardt, pre-professional health program coordinator  

Future Educators
Prepare to make an impact as you learn about the teaching profession and visit partner schools.
Led by Julie Carballo, director of first generation programs and teach first  

Premier Scholars | Aug. 27 – Sept. 8, 2014 - 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]

*Students who are part of the College Scholars program may participate in any Urban Cardinal Camp in addition to the Honors Retreat that will take place on Tuesday, September 9th.

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