CAU Youth Program

Accepting applications for summer positions now!

Join us for an Amazing Summer in our Day Camp or Residential Camp Programs

In CAU's youth and teen programs, offered weekly from July 8 to August 4, 2018, youngsters get a taste of college life at Cornell while experiencing the fun and friendships of a terrific camp.

Supervised by caring, trained counselors, your child will enjoy

  • well-organized activities,
  • stimulating field trips,
  • kid-friendly meals, and
  • a chance to explore our beautiful campus.

This nationally acclaimed summer educational experience also features the highest staff-to-youth ratio in day camping.

Residential campers participate in youth activities during the day and enjoy supervised evening activities and entertainment from Sunday evening through Saturday morning.

Commuter campers participate in programs Monday through Friday. Programs for children ages 3 to 12 run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Teen programs run from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Morning Course Instructor

Develop a curriculum and teach a group of children or teens in the following areas:

  • Animal Tales (Little Bears 3-4 year olds),
  • Around the World Adventures (Tykes 5-6 year olds),
  • Science Sampler (Explorers 7-8 year olds),
  • Junior CSI Academy (Big Reds 9-10 year olds),
  • Science Spoilers (Big Reds 9-10 year olds).
  • Mock Trials (Junior Cornellians 11-12 year olds),
  • Web Game Design (Scratch) (Junior Cornellians 11-12 year olds),
  • Legally Speaking (Teens 13-15 year olds),
  • Fashion Design (Teens 13-15 year olds),
  • Photography and Digital Editing (Teens 13-15 year olds).


Employment Period: July 2, 2018 – August 3, 2018 8:30am-12:00 noon. Salary: $800-$1300 and lunch M-F.

Health and Safety Counselor for Residential Teen Camp

Live-in and supervise activities for teens (13 – 15 years), mornings and/or afternoons and/or evenings; assist with Sunday check-in and orientation for teen campers.


Employment Period: July 3, 2018 – August 4, 2018 Residential live-in position. Salary: $1700, full room and board. Minimum Requirements: CPR Professional Rescuer and Responding to Emergencies (ARC) valid July 2018 – August 5, 2018, and/or Basic NYS EMT certification valid July 1 through August 5, 2018. Must be willing to update certifications for NYS camp; paid training for updates. Summer camp/youth group experience desirable.

Residential Teen Counselor

Live in position and supervise small groups of young teens 24 hours a day. Teen program accommodates residential campers and commuter campers. Helps to plan and implement educational programs for groups of children. Supervise children during activities, meals, swimming, field trips, and throughout the night.


Employment Period: July 5, 2018 – August 4, 2018 Residential live-in position. Salary: $1700, full room and board.

Residential Teen Head Counselor

Coordinate program activities with other counselors in teen age group. Supervise other counselors and responsible for planning and managing the daily and weekly schedule for their group. In charge of behavior expectations and delegation of tasks for counselor staff. They communicate extensively with parents when necessary; supervise children during activities, meals, swimming, field trips and throughout the night.


Employment Period: July 3, 2018 – August 4, 2018 Residential live-in position. Salary: $1900, full room and board.

Day Counselor

Helps to plan and implement educational programs for a specific age group of children (3-5 yr olds, 5-6 yr olds, 7-8 yr olds, 9-10 yr olds, or 11-12 yr olds); supervise children during activities, meals, swimming, and field trips.


Employment Period: July 5, 2018 – August 3, 2018 Sundays: 3pm-5pm, Mondays-Fridays 8:30am-4:30pm. Salary: $1500and meals during work shift.

Day Head Counselor

Coordinate program activities with other counselors in a specific age group. Supervise counselors and responsible for planning and managing the daily and weekly schedule for their group. In charge of behavior expectations and delegation of tasks to counselor staff. They communicate extensively with parents when necessary, supervise children during activities, meals, swimming, and field trips.


Employment Period: July 3, 2018 – August 3, 2018 Sundays: 3pm-5pm, Mondays-Fridays 8:30am-5:00pm. Salary: $1700 and meals during work shift.

Floater Counselor

Supervise children in age groupings during transitional periods: early mornings prior to day program, time between day and evening program, and evening program hours. Plan engaging activities; take on-campus trips, help children get ready for day camp, evening programs and bedtime. May supervise children at dinner several evenings each week.


Employment Period: July 5, 2018 – August 3, 2018. Evening Counselor: Sundays - Fridays: 5:30pm – 9:30 pm. Before Care and After Care Counselors: Mondays – Fridays 7:00am-8:30am and 4:00pm-6:00pm. Salary: $800 and meals during work shift.

Evening Head Counselor

Coordinate program activities with other counselors in a specific age group. Supervise other counselors and responsible for planning and managing the daily and weekly schedule for their group. In charge of behavior expectations and delegation of tasks for counselor staff. They communicate extensively with parents when necessary, supervise children during activities, meals, swimming, and field trips.


Employment Period: July 3, 2018 – August 3, 2018 Sundays: 3pm-5pm, Mondays-Fridays 8:30am-5:00pm. Salary: $1000 and meals during work shift.