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Cub Camp is a supplemental first year transition program designed to bridge the gap between initial course enrollment and the beginning of the first fall semester. Students engage in purposeful activities that allow for a deeper understanding of UH culture and tradition, promote successful transition into college life, and identify and cultivate vital support systems.

Join us for this opportunity that helps you build your new UH community before you ever arrive on campus. For three days and two nights, you along with other incoming students and upperclassmen leaders will head to an off-campus retreat center and learn more about UH, its traditions, and your new UH family. Filled with fun activities, student success tips, and new friendships, Cub Camp is one event that you definitely do not want to miss!

During the three days of Cub Camp, you will be placed into a camp led by 2 co-chairs and 12 counselors, who are all current students at the University of Houston. Each camp is named after an individual who has impacted UH and given one of the four Cub Camp colors. Within your camp, you will then be separated into a smaller discussion groups, or DG, led by 2 of the 12 counselors. The DG will provide you with a support system that will last through your entire college career at UH.

Cub Camp: It takes G.U.T.S.!

Cub Camp is built on a set of Core Values that guides your experience for the three days and two nights that you are at Trinity Pines Retreat Center. Those Core Values are Growth, Unity, Tradition & Spirit or G.U.T.S. We focus day one of Cub Camp on Spirit and Tradition, day two on Unity and Growth, and day three on bringing everything you learned at Cub Camp back to campus.

It is the responsibility of Cub Camp to allow new COOGS to explore UH traditions and find a way to connect to something larger than themselves. Our spirit is rooted in the pride we have for UH’s academic excellence, its emerging culture of campus involvement, student success resources and traditions. Cub Camp staff and counselors are leaders who will guide you to exploring what Spirit and Tradition mean to you as a new COOG. We desire unity not uniformity. Cub Camp strives to create an unconditionally inclusive environment at Camp which celebrates the diversity of our institution. New COOGS are asked to step out of their comfort zone from the moment they arrive at Check-In until they come back to Houston. You will be provided with opportunities to bond, share, work and encourage, all the while learning valuable leadership and social skills.

As a result, all those involved with Cub Camp will understand how to develop relationships and networks of support that aid in their success at the University of Houston.

Your First Tradition

Cub Camp is your first tradition to being a UH COOG! You won’t just learn about the history and traditions that make UH unique, you will experience being a part of each tradition while at Cub Camp.

On day one of Camp after Check In and our Welcome Session at TDECU Football stadium, we will travel to our camp center in Trinity, Texas. There our first day will be focused on Sprit and Tradition. You will be introduced to your camp, participate in discussion groups, learn about traditions, and start your experience with the best part of camp: Camp Fiesta! Camp Fiesta will include a carnival similar to Frontier Fiesta and end with variety shows staring: You, the incoming freshman! You will spend the first two days of camp coming up with variety show skits in your individual camps. Day one will end with Camp Takeover, a spirit and chant war between our 5 camps, then all camp themed mixer. This year’s mixer theme is Red Out, so don’t forget to bring all of your UH gear!

Experience the Growth

Cub Camp is designed to help you make a successful transition to college life, and provide you with the resources to be successful. On the second day of Cub Camp we focus on Growth and Unity. This day is dedicated to learning about your leadership, wellness and diversity on campus, how to get involved, and time with your camp. Students will have the opportunity to relax with some camp free time, and we will end the day with Camp Fiesta skits.

On the last day of camp, we close out our program by tying in everything you learned at camp with how to bring it back to the UH campus. You will get to spend more time with your individual camp, then you will have the opportunity to choose student led sessions on academic skills to help you be successful on campus. The Cub Camp program aims to help you grow and build your community prior to starting your Fall semester.


The freshmen attending Cub Camp are divided up into four camps (green, yellow, blue, purple) and each camp is led by 2 student Co-Chairs and 12 student Counselors. Every camp is then named after a University of Houston faculty, staff, or alumnus who has positively impacted students' success for students. Namesakes have the opportunity to interact with and impact student camp staff and incoming freshman students in their camp over the course of the year and attend camp in August! Current students or members of the UH community may nominate a faculty member, staff member or alumnus as a way to honor the passion and dedication these individuals have for the Red and White! Current undergraduate and graduate students will not be included for consideration. The Cub Camp Executive Team will review nominations and make Camp Namesake selections.

2018 Namesakes:

Namesake nominations are closed in February 2018. Thank you for your interest!

2017 Namesakes:

Leanica Adams | Jeronimo Cortina | Jeff Fuller | Teri Longacre | Rebeca Trevino

2016 Namesakes:

Danny Arocha | Ann Oliver Cheek | Malachi Crawford | Jared Gogets

2015 Namesakes:

Cedric Bandoh | Jay Neal | Joe Pratt | Paula Myrick Short

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