2021 Frog Camp

A TCU tradition since 1993, Frog Camp provides incoming students with an opportunity to make new friends, experience TCU spirit, and learn what it takes to be a Horned Frog.

What is Frog Camp?

Frog Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime program that introduces incoming students to the TCU community. This extended-orientation program is offered off-campus in different locations. Students walk away from Frog Camp with new friends, faculty/staff resources and upper-division mentors. Participants also get an inside look at what it means to be a Horned Frog, learn TCU traditions, and how to make a difference at TCU. We can’t promise campers sleep a lot while at camp, but we can promise they will have an unforgettable experience.

Although there are different camps, all incoming students will have a similar small group experience. Participants are placed into small groups with two upper-division facilitators, and a faculty/staff mentor. Small groups will be home base for campers throughout their Frog Camp experience, and they will explore and discuss many aspects of going to college and becoming a Horned Frog.


Frog Camp Descriptions & Locations

Based in Fort Worth, this camp will enthrall any sports fan. At this three-day camp, students will get to experience some of the professional sports offerings in the DFW area by touring AT&T stadium and attending a Rangers game. Campers will also get to learn about and get ready to cheer for our TCU athletic teams. This camp will be hosted at a downtown Fort Worth hotel.

All-Stars Schedule – June 20-22
Day 1 – Campers check-in on TCU’s Campus at 1:00pm CDT.
Day 3 – Camp ends at 5:00pm CDT on TCU’s Campus. We recommend participants to not book a flight home until after 7:00pm.

All-Star Camp participants will not be able to attend Orientation 1 (June 21-22) due to overlapping schedules.

Casa Nueva will introduce you to everything we love about living in Fort Worth.  During this three-day camp, you will stay at a hotel in downtown.  This camp visits the Stockyards, Sundance Square, the zoo, and eat at favorite Fort Worth restaurants like Joe T. Garcia’s.

Casa Nueva Schedule – Casa A: June 25-27 – Casa B: July 12-14 – Casa C: July 22-24
Day 1 – Campers check-in on TCU’s Campus at 1:00pm CDT.
Day 3 – Camp ends at 5:00pm CDT on TCU’s Campus. We recommend participants to not book a flight home until after 7:00pm.

Casa Nueva A Camp participants will not be able to attend Orientation 2 (June 24-25) due to overlapping schedules.
Casa Nueva B Camp participants will not be able to attend Orientation 7 (July 12-13) due to overlapping schedules.

When you come to Challenge, get ready to stretch yourself during our challenge course and get head-to-toe dirty during Grimy Games. Your group will take on others in one-of-a-kind Big Frizz competition.  During this three-day camp there’s time to relax by the pool, roast marshmallows by the campfire, hit the sand volleyball courts, or get in on a random dance party. This camp is held at campgrounds in Bruceville, Texas.  Cabins and all indoor facilities are air-conditioned.

Challenge Schedule – August 17-19
Day 1 – Campers check-in on TCU’s Campus at 1:00pm CDT.
Day 3 – Camp ends at 6:00pm CDT on TCU’s Campus.

Challenge Camp participants will be moved into their residence hall before attending Frog Camp and will return before any required activities for Frogs First.

Frog Camp & Sorority Recruitment – Panhellenic Recruitment information has not yet been set for Fall 2021, but please note that Frog Camp Challenge may overlap with their schedule. More information about Sorority Recruitment will be provided by Fraternity & Sorority Life at a later date.

Cultura will introduce you to some of the more modern sides of Fort Worth. Similar to Casa Nueva, we created a camp to share even more wonderful things we love about Fort Worth!  During this three-day camp, you will stay at a hotel in downtown Fort Worth, and will enjoy local activities and have fun in the sun while hanging out at Burger’s Lake.

Cultura Schedule – Cultura A: June 30-July 2, Cultura B: July 16-18
Day 1 – Campers check-in on TCU’s Campus at 1:00pm CDT.
Day 3 – Camp ends at 5:00pm CDT on TCU’s Campus. We recommend participants to not book a flight home until after 7:00pm.

Cultura A Camp participants will not be able to attend Orientation 4 (July 1-2) due to overlapping schedules.
Cultura B Camp participants will not be able to attend Orientation 8 (July 15-16) due to overlapping schedules.

Start your TCU journey at 10,000 feet by traveling to Alpine. At this five-day camp high in the Colorado Rockies you’ll have a chance to rock climb, white-water raft, hike, tackle the high ropes course and experience the unique wood-burning sweat lodge. During Alpine, you’ll sleep in rustic cabins, eat family-style meals and make great new friends in a setting that will literally take your breath away.

Alpine Schedule
Day 1 – Campers check-in at the Colorado Springs airport at 2:00pm MDT.

Day 5 – Camp ends at 12:00pm MDT at Colorado Springs airport. We recommend participants to not book a flight home until after 2:00pm.

Campers are responsible for their own transportation to/from Colorado Springs Airport.

Alpine does have a $550 fee for participants. This fee will be charged to the student’s TCU account after the completion of camp.

All the Details

Only incoming students who have submitted their tuition deposit will have access to Frog Camp registration.

Those who have can register for Frog Camp starting April 13th at 4:00pm CDT by logging in to their myTCU portal and clicking on the Admission Status & Checklist tile. Students will be prompted to complete several general information forms and then will have the ability to register for a Frog Camp session.

Each camp has a limited number of spots. Once a camp is full, there will be an option for students to be added to a waitlist. We recommend waitlisted students also register for a camp that is available. This is because there is no guarantee spots will become available at the camp a student is waitlisted for. Spots can go quickly, so we recommend that students register as soon as possible.

This summer we are experiencing a very high demand for Frog Camp and recognize many options are full. Please place yourself on a waitlist and as we receive cancellations throughout the summer, we will use our waitlists to ensure as many students go to Frog Camp as possible.  Unfortunately, we are unable to add any additional Frog Camps to our schedule.

TCU has recognized the value of this experience, and we are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to attend Frog Camp at no cost for any of our camps located in Texas.

Our Alpine camps, located in Colorado, do have a $550 fee for participants. This fee will be charged to the student’s account after the completion of the camp.

 

Frog Camp Cancellation & No Show Policy

There is a late cancel or no show fee of $250 for our camps in Texas. Should participants cancel their registration after the cancellation deadline listed below, this fee will be charged to their student account. Similarly, students will receive this charge if they do not show for the camp which they are registered.

Cancellation Deadlines:

Casa Nueva, Cultura, & All Stars: June 1, 2021
Alpine: July 1, 2021
Challenge: July 23, 2021

Adjustments have been made to our program due to COVID-19 to create as safe an experience as possible. The Frog Camp schedule and all activities have been approved by appropriate university task forces and our staff are receiving training related to all updated safety procedures and policies. For your safety and for the safety of all participants, face-coverings that cover the nose and mouth are required at all times during camp – inside of buildings and outside. We will be promoting physical distancing throughout Frog Camp.

More information on our university’s coronavirus response and plan for the fall semester can be found here.

Before coming to Frog Camp, campers are asked to conduct this health assessment to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

Daily Health Assessment

Our Texas Camp experiences happen over three days. This includes All-Stars, Casa Nueva, Challenge and Cultura camps.

Check-in for our Texas camps begin at 1:00pm CDT on TCU’s campus. Campers will be returned to TCU on the third day no later than 5:00pm for Casa, Cultura and All-Stars and around 6:00pm for Challenge.

The Alpine camps are 5 day experiences. Campers will check-in at the Colorado Springs airport at 2:00pm MDT. We will return students to the airport around noon on the 5th day. We recommend participants to not book a flight home until after 2:00pm.

Specific check-in locations and instructions will be sent to a participant’s TCU email account in advance of camp.

When scheduling travel, students must plan to attend their registered camp in its entirety. Students are unable to arrive late or leave early from camp, please make travel arrangements accordingly.

Housing Accommodations

If you are attending a Frog Camp and will be participating in an Orientation session the next day, you have the option to remain in accommodations on campus between programs and do not need to provide any extra information. If you are participating in an Orientation session and attending a Frog Camp the next day, the same applies. Unfortunately, TCU cannot provide additional housing accommodations outside of these situations. If you are arriving early or staying late, please make your own accommodation reservations off campus at a local hotel.

These are the dates we will be able to accommodate students on campus in-between your registered Frog Camp and Orientation session:

    • June 27 – Casa Nueva A & Orientation 3
    • June 29 – Orientation 3 & Cultura A
    • July 14 – Casa Nueva B & Orientation 8
    • July 18 – Cultura B & Orientation 9

A packing list will be sent to a student’s TCU email account along with other necessary camp information in advance of the experience.

Should you have further questions about Frog Camp or any of our First Year Experience programs, please email fye@tcu.edu

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