Camp Redhawk is a summer leadership camp designed for new students preparing to enter their first semester at Southeast Missouri State University.

This 4-day, 3-night experience offers you an introduction to campus life and traditions, immerses you in school spirit, and gives you the opportunity to meet other new Redhawks. You will become more familiar with campus and the community where you will spend the next four years.

Is Camp Redhawk for me?

If you are enthusiastic about your upcoming college experience and like meeting new people, Camp Redhawk is for you! If you want to get familiar with campus before you move in, Camp Redhawk is for you! If you want to build your leadership skills and enjoy lots of fun activities, Camp Redhawk is for you!

What will we do at Camp Redhawk?

You'll be busy! Activities will include:

  • Ziplining and high ropes course at Southeast's Outdoor Challenge Course
  • Competing in team challenges ·Getting to know campus and Cape Girardeau
  • Learning tips and tricks for involvement and success from current student leaders
  • Experiencing the "Redhawks Rally"

What does Camp Redhawk cost?

The cost to attend Camp Redhawk is $180 if you register by June 1, 2021 (and $200 thereafter). You can make a payment upon registration or pay later via secured link from your confirmation email.

The fee cannot be covered by University scholarship awards or financial aid; however, limited scholarships for participants with demonstrated financial need are available. Submit scholarship inquiries to

Sign up for Camp Redhawk!

Are you ready to spend a week at SEMO and meet other Redhawks? Register for your desired Camp Redhawk session.

I'm registered! What's my next step?

We are so excited you registered for camp! Below is some basic information and some required paperwork that each camper will receive via email about 2-3 weeks before their session; however, we hope some of you are so excited for camp that you just can't wait for an email from us, so we have compiled some of the information below:

Liability & Medical Forms (to be completed and returned at your camp check-in). These forms must be completed fully and returned to staff at check-in of your camp session. Parent/Guardian signatures are only required if the camper will be under 18 when they attend camp.

We will have extras of these forms at check-in, but it is helpful to have them completed in advance, so all we have to do is verify the form and hand you your room key!

Are you ready?

Day 1

Time Activity
3 p.m. Check-in
5 p.m. Nest Chat
5:45 p.m. Dinner
6:45 p.m. Camp Redhawk Opening
7:30 p.m. Nest Games
9:30 p.m. Backyard Bash
Midnight Lights Out

Day 2

Time Activity
7:30 a.m. Wake Up
8 a.m. Breakfast & Nest Check
8:45 a.m. Depart for River Campus
9:15 a.m. True Colors Personality Type Assessment
10:15 a.m. River Campus Tour
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Explore Downtown Cape Girardeau
1:30 p.m. Return to Main Campus
1:45 p.m. Responsible Redhawks
2:15 p.m. Leadership Programs
2:30 p.m. Nest Project Prep
3 p.m. Map of Myself
4:30 p.m. Activity of Choice
6 p.m. Dinner
6:45 p.m. Nest Challenge Part II at the Aquatic Center
9:30 p.m. Return to Hall
9:45 p.m. Nest Chat
Midnight Lights Out

Day 3

Time Activity
8 a.m. Breakfast & Nest Chat
9 a.m. Cultural Competence / #CollegeHacks
11 a.m. Redhawk Athletic Rally
12 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. Nest Project Prep
1:30 p.m. A Bird's Eye View from Academic Dome
3:30 p.m. Nest Project Review
4 p.m. Nest Project Presentations
5 p.m. Student Leader Panel Q&A
5:45 p.m. Dinner with Student Leaders
6:45 p.m. Building Challenge
9:30 p.m. Return to Hall
9:45 p.m. Final Nest Chat
Midnight Lights Out

Day 4

Time Activity
7:30 a.m. Wake Up
8 a.m. Breakfast, Room & Nest Teardown, and Nest Check
8:45 a.m. Depart for Rec Center/Outdoor Challenge Course
9 a.m. Open Rec and Ziplining!
11 a.m. Depart for Closing
11:30 a.m. Closing Ceremony & Awards
12:15 p.m. Room Check Out

It's time to start packing!

The Essentials:

  • Insurance information
  • Comfortable, casual clothing
    • Include a Southeast shirt or a red or black shirt for activities on Day 2
  • Active wear for physical activities
    • Ziplining and high ropes course at Southeast's Outdoor Challenge Course: We recommend you wear longer shorts or athletic/yoga pants and a t-shirt with sleeves for this event. Many students have recommended bringing a spandex type material for under your shorts to increase comfort during this event.
  • Tennis shoes or other footwear suitable for significant walking and activities
    • Two pairs recommended
  • Personal toiletries including handsoap and required medicines, and a towel for the bathroom.
  • Pillow and bed linens (extra-long twin) or sleeping bag
  • Sunblock and bug spray
  • Light snacks

Optional things

  • While no money beyond the cost of the camp is required, we do advise students to bring some spending money for outside snacks or treats, visits to the bookstore, etc. All meals are covered by the camp fee.
  • Small fan (residence hall is air conditioned)


  • Candles
  • Firearms, knives, or any kind of weapon
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Fireworks
  • We also encourage you to not bring any unnecessary valuable items

Camp Redhawk Staff

Name Title Email Phone Office
Michele Irby Director - Campus Life and Event Services (573) 651-5120 University Center 414
Tiffany Comfort Coordinator - Leadership & Involvement, Campus Life and Event Services (573) 651-2280 University Center 414
Katie Krodinger Director - New Student Programs (573) 651-5166 Academic Hall 123
Megan Thompson Senior Nest Leader
Breawna Austin Nest Leader
Madelyn Johnson Nest Leader
Matt Wilde Nest Leader
Contact Us
University Center, Room 414
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 1200
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701