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Camp Big Red

Camp Big Red

Western Kentucky University
Camp Big Red is canceled for 2021!
Camp Big Red 2021 has been canceled due to a lack of staffing.

We regret to inform you that Camp Big Red has been cancelled for the summer of 2021.  We have continually worked to provide a summer Camp experience for 2021, but we have been ultimately unable to make this happen.  Camp Big Red, like all programs and services offered by Campus Recreation & Wellness relies on student employees to be successful.  Since returning to operations after the Covid-19 pause, it has been increasingly difficult in all our services to find the student employment support necessary for these offerings.  This challenge has forced us to make several adjustments such as reducing our facility’s operating hours, the number of programs and services we are offering, etc.  While we know that this is not what our participants wanted to hear, we felt the need to make this move now to hopefully provide as much opportunity to find alternatives as possible.

We will continue to take this time to plan for our intended goal of Camp Big Red 2022 being better than ever!


2021 registration days and times:

WKU Students/Faculty/Staff

Once online registration opens it will remain open until all sessions are full.

Preston Center Members

Once online registration opens it will remain open until all sessions are full.

Community members

Once online registration opens it will remain open until all sessions are full.

Before you can register you must create an online account. Please follow the category that you associate with link below. If you are not affiliated with WKU (alumni would fall under community) please follow the new guest link.

WKU affiliates

Community (returning guest)

New Guests

You are encouraged to set up your account as soon as you can, so when registration opens later, your account will be ready.

Our Department has hosted Camp Big Red for the past 25 years. It is a day camp for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years old. Our camp allows campers to experience positive group interactions in a safe and fun environment.

We give campers the opportunity to develop teamwork skills, experience fun adventures, and create new lasting friendships through arts & crafts, daily recreational activities, special events, sports, as well as field trips.

The Camp Big Red staff is a high-energy, dedicated team, certified in Adult & Child CPR/AED and First Aid. Our philosophy is that all activities must be SAFE, FUN, & FAIR. Campers get the care they deserve with our 8-to-1 camper-to-staff ratio. Our staff is under the direction of Sean Sherwood, Camp Director. COME JOIN THE FUN!!!

Camp sessions are Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm with organized activities starting at 9:00am. Organized activities end at 3:30pm. Campers should be dropped off at the blue basketball courts in the Preston Center. Campers may arrive as early as 7:30am and should be picked up no later than 4:30pm. Late fees will be charged for campers picked up after 4:30pm.








A Typical Day at Camp Big Red

7:30 - 9:00am - Camper Drop Off/Free Play

9:15 - 10:30am - Swim Time (Mon-Thurs)

9:15 - 10:30am- Kid Yoga (Friday-NO SWIM)

10:40am - Snack Time (Camp Will Provide)

11:10 - 11:50am - Organized Games

12:05 - 1:15pm - Lunch location DSU (Mon-Thur);

Lunch @ Preston Center (Fri)

1:30 - 3:30pm - Arts & Crafts (Mon & Weds)

1:30 - 3:30pm - Organized Activities (Tues)

1:30 - 3:30pm - Field Trips & Special Events(Thurs)

1:30 - 3:30pm - Pizza Party & Movie Day (Fri)

3:30 - 4:30pm - Free Play/Camper Pick Up

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 Last Modified 4/23/21