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Grades 9-12: July 21-26
Students entering the ninth grade in the fall of 2013 have the option of choosing to attend one or both weeks.
The cost for attending Cougar Quest is $630. This camp fee includes: workshop instruction and supplies, supervision, a Cougar Quest T-shirt, name badge, recreational and evening activities, all-you-can-eat meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner, starting with dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day), snacks, shared residence hall room, linens, and additional nighttime supervision.
Campers are encouraged to register early - registration
for 2013 opens in March. Workshop enrollment is limited to a maximum of 22 campers and so registering early raises the chances you will get the workshops you
pick as your first choice. Registration and workshop enrollment is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Program capacity is based on equipment and resource availability.
Cougar Quest is dedicated to equal opportunity
education. Cougar Quest believes that everyone should have the
chance to immerse themselves in an exploration of higher education. Cougar Quest has a "tuition assistance" program for campers who face financial hardship and will benefit from Cougar Quest. To learn more about Cougar Quest scholarships scroll down.
will need to provide their own transportation to Pullman. On
the registration form there is the option of choosing to have
your contact information available to other families in your
area who are attending Cougar Quest. This is to enable carpooling.
Should you want to carpool, remember to check the box that will
authorize Cougar Quest to give out your contact information
to other parents.
There is also a local airport serving Pullman and Moscow that handles commercial flights. Using a bus service (Greyhound) is another option, too. For travel information (driving directions, airlines, accommodations) click here. Courtesy transportation from the Moscow/Pullman airport or the bus depot to the camp will be provided for campers arriving by bus or plane. Campers must provide transportation information to Cougar Quest a minimum of two weeks prior to the camp session.
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Our qualified counselors provide supervision and guidance appropriate to each age group 24 hours a day. Campers are escorted by camp staff everywhere they go and counselors accompany them to all of their workshops. All staff are trained and prepared for emergencies.
Campers and parents alike have passed along countless thank-you notes showing appreciation for our Cougar Quest counselors who have made a positive impact in the lives of young people. Our counselors are all WSU students who have at least sophomore standing. Campers will enjoy the Cougar Quest counselor's endless energy, great jokes, and will find them to be inspiring mentors. We hire an elite level of counselors out of hundreds of students that apply. Take a look at the stellar counselors for this year.
Cougar Quest Campers will be housed in a residence hall on campus. This year campers will be housed in Gannon-Goldsworthy Hall. Campers are always housed in a room near their assigned Counselor. Campers can request a single or a double room. Campers in a single room have a room to themselves. Campers in a double room will be assigned a roommate based on same gender, same age, and possibly similar interests or workshops. If campers desire to room with a friend, there is a space on the registration form to indicate roommate preference. (Please make sure that your requested roommate submits your name as a roommate, as well or we will not be able to match you up). All the residence halls on campus are VERY warm during the summer months as there is no air conditioning. Please bring a fan(s) to beat the hot weather of the Palouse.
Meals are taken at a campus dining center. This year campers will be going to the Southside Cafe for meals. Those with special dietary requirements should notify the Camp Directors at least two weeks prior to camp in order to plan for and accommodate those special requirements. Campers are served meals in an all-you-can-eat buffet style.
In the event you must cancel your registration, we ask you submit a notice in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not accept cancellations over the phone. With any cancellation Cougar Quest retains a portion of your payment/deposit as an administrative fee to cover the cost of the cancellation (ex. cost of mailer, paying for dining services contract, time taken to make the cancellation, etc.) The cancellation schedule is as follows:
Dates for Cougar Quest 2013
|Deadline||Amount you forfeit|
|March 18, 2013||$50|
|April 15, 2013||$100|
|May 13, 2013||$150|
|After May 13, 2013||$630|
|After May 13, 2013 (with doctor's note)||$150|
The last day to cancel is May 13. Cancellations after May 13 will not be eligible for a refund unless a doctor's note is provided proving illness or accident. A full refund will be given only if your first choice workshop is cancelled by Cougar Quest and you do not wish to participate in either your second or third workshop choices.
Every attempt to arrange for special accommodations will be made for campers with special needs. To learn more about our capabilities and possible scholarships for special need campers call (509) 335-1235.
Cougar Quest is a program with an academic emphasis. Hundreds of youth have enjoyed the camaraderie and atmosphere of this program and the Washington State University campus. A fundamental goal of Cougar Quest is to foster a community environment based on mutual respect and openness. Therefore, any form of discrimination, including but not limited to that based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation, constitutes unacceptable behavior. A breach will be grounds for possible prosecution and immediate expulsion from camp. No refunds will be given upon such dismissal.
Campers will need limited funds for incidentals, such as snacks. They will be given an opportunity to visit the campus bookstore (The Bookie) and Ferdinand's Ice Cream Shoppe. Some students do choose to purchase WSU gear from The Bookie and ice cream from Ferdinand's. Any other purchases would be from the vending machines on campus.
When you view the workshops on this website you are viewing the "Real Time" availability. We do close workshops once they reach capacity at 22 students. Assignment of workshops is based on the order of registrations received, so it is on a first-come, first-served basis. A registration confirmation is sent to the email provided on the registration form, so be sure to enter in a valid email address. If a confirmation is not received within three weeks of registration please notify Cougar Quest via e-mail email@example.com.
Dress at Cougar Quest is casual and appropriate. Campers may wear shorts, T-shirts, or other casual clothes that are neat, clean, and non-revealing. Clothing which exposes undergarments, the torso, or midriff area at any time is not appropriate. Shoes are required at meals, classes, and other program events. Attire that is not appropriate include: halter tops, tube tops, tank tops, short shorts, baggy shorts (showing undergarments), and pajama pants worn to workshops. Campers dressed inappropriately will be asked to change, or will be given appropriate clothing to wear.
Quest has awarded about two scholarships each year of camp. Funding
ability is based on contributions made to the camp, and so are
not guaranteed. Additionally, scholarships do not usually cover
the full cost of camp. If you have questions please feel free
to call (509)335-1235.
The 2013 Cougar Quest Scholarship Application.