Welcome to Bearkat Camp!

Bearkat Camp is a four day, three night experience for incoming SHSU Freshmen.
Experience the spirit, pride and tradition that have been part of Sam Houston students since 1879. Incoming freshmen will be engaged in learning activities that are interactive and student led. Camp will keep you moving with a variety of group activities like tribal competitions, pride groups, socials and optional activities like sand volleyball, basketball, ropes course, and waterfront activities. The facility features air conditioned cabins with modern conveniences, great food, and opportunities to beat the Texas heat at the pool. Amidst the great activities planned for camp are the opportunities for students to build lasting friendships with many other members of the class of 2020! Friendships that allow students to feel comfortable and at home as they become part of the Sam Houston community.

2016 Dates

  • Session 1 – August 7-10
  • Session 2 – August 12-15
  • Session 3 – August 17-20
  • Session 4 - Transfer Camp – August 21-22
Sessions 1-3 are now accepting names for the waitlist. To be placed on a waitlist, please email bearkatcamp@shsu.edu. Please include your name, phone, email, gender, and session preference.

Registration Forms
Register Online Program Release and Permission to Treat Form

Bearkat Camp is $115, Transfer Camp is $50. Bearkat Camp registration fee includes all meals, lodging, transportation and programming.

Cancellations made after July 15 are non-refundable.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • When is Bearkat Camp?

    Bearkat Camp takes place in the August weeks prior to start of school.

  • Are there other programs that conflict with Bearkat Camp?

    Please check directly with your organizations.

  • Where is Bearkat Camp and how do I get there?

    Bearkat Camp will be held at SHSU University Camp. Students will check in on the SHSU campus and ride charter busses to camp.

  • Who goes to Bearkat Camp?

    Bearkat Camp is open to all incoming students who are enrolled in the Fall semester at SHSU and graduated high school in 2016. There will also be current SHSU students serving as counselors

  • How much does it cost?

    The cost of camp is $115, Transfer Camp is $50. Payment is collected as part of the online registration process. This price includes your lodging, charter bus transportation from SHSU to University Camp and back, programming, meals, and a camp T-shirt. The only extra money needed would be for drinks from the vending machines.

  • How do I register?

    You can register online or in person during Orientation. See the registration page for more details.

  • Does registration fill up?

    Yes! We have limited space at Bearkat Camp, and traditionally camp space fills up completely

  • What do I do with my forms?

    Send your permission to treat and waiver forms to the Bearkat Camp office by August 1. You can email them to bearkatcamp@shsu.edu or fax them to 936-294-4340.

  • When is the last day I can get a refund for camp?

    The last day to receive a refund for camp if you decide to not attend is July 15. After this date, no refunds will be given.

  • How do I notify you about any special needs, dietary needs, food restrictions, etc.?

    Please contact the camp director to discuss any special needs or accommodations. (936) 294-CAMP (2267). The director will be in contact with you to gather the details. You can also email the camp director at cmahlen@shsu.edu.

  • What if I am having trouble with online registration?

    If you are having problems with registering online, please contact us at (936) 294-CAMP.

  • Where do I park when I come to camp?

    The charter busses will be picking you up on the scoreboard side of the Bowers Stadium parking lot off of Bearkat Blvd. You do not need to have a SHSU parking pass to leave your car here during camp.

  • What if I'm not a camp or outdoors person?

    Camp is active; however, there are a variety of optional activities, some of which will be indoors. This is not a camping trip! You will be staying in air conditioned cabins with modern restrooms. The dining hall and meeting rooms are air conditioned as well. You can also beat the Texas heat in the camp swimming pool.

  • What do I need to bring to camp?

    What to bring to Bearkat Camp:

    • Linens for a twin/ twin XL bed (sleeping bag, sheets, pillow)
    • Towels for shower and pool
    • Shower shoes
    • Comfortable and modest clothes for recreation and activities such as shorts and T-shirts are appropriate for all activities and you may want more than one set per day.
    • Toiletries
    • Closed-toed shoes for recreation and optional activities
    • Protection from the sun, such as hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
    • Swimwear
    • Women: One or two-piece swimsuit as per camp policy. No thong bottoms allowed.
    • Men: No Speedos
    • Swim Cover Ups: No cotton cover ups/shirts allowed in the pool. Dri-Fit shirts are acceptable and available if you do not have one.
    • Optional: Evening socials will have the following themes: Throwback Night (any decade or neon attire), Luau, and Western. We would love for you to dress the part with us.

  • What should I not bring to camp?

    Valuable items that could easily be misplaced such as jewelry, credit cards, or more than $20 cash. Any drugs, alcohol, weapons of any kind, including pocket knives, are not allowed at camp. This is a sanctioned SHSU event and any violations will be handled in cooperation with the university police and/or university disciplinary council (see Student Handbook.) Students who violate these policies will be asked to leave camp without a refund.

  • Will I have cell phone service at camp?

    Cell phone service is not very reliable at camp and we offer no secure personal storage. We strongly urge you to not bring/use your phone at camp, you will be too busy making new friends to need it anyways! In case of an emergency where someone needs to get a hold of you while you are at camp, they can call University Camp at (936) 294-CAMP.

  • Do people really dress up for the social events?

    Yes, of course we do! You do not need to have an expensive costume to participate either. The cheesier, the better!!

  • Who do I contact for more information?

    For more information, you can call (936) 294-CAMP or email us at bearkatcamp@shsu.edu.

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