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What is CampRedhawk?

Camp Redhawk
Southeast Missouri State University students share their experiences from Camp Redhawk

CampRedhawk is a summer leadership camp designed for new students preparing to enter their first semester at Southeast Missouri State University. It will offer an introduction to campus life and traditions, immerse you in school spirit, and introduce you to other new Redhawks. You will become more familiar with campus and the community where you will spend the next four years.

Please make sure that you have registered for FirstSTEP Orientation prior to attending CampRedhawk. For details on orientation, or to register for FirstSTEP, click here

If you are enthusiastic about your upcoming college experience, and like meeting new people, CampRedhawk is for you!

There will be four sessions in summer 2019. Dates will be announced January 2019.

You'll be busy! Activities will include:
  • Southeast's high ropes 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"
Basic Schedule
 The Essentials:
    • Insurance information
    • Comfortable, casual clothing
      • Include a Southeast shirt, or a red or black shirt for activities on Monday
    • Active wear for physical activities
      • Ropes Course: We recommend that 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 towel for bathroom.
    • Bed linens, including pillows
    • 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). 
Are there things I cannot bring?


      • Candles
      • Firearms, knives, or any kind of weapon
      • Drugs and alcohol
      • Fireworks

We also encourage you to not bring any unnecessary valuable items. Time to use laptops, tablets, etc. is very limited.

The charge for CampRedhawk 2018 is $180.00. 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 

Registration for 2018 is closed. 2019 Registration will open in February 2019. 

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:

Basic Camp Schedule

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 that all we have to do is verify the form and hand you your keys for your home for the week!

The application period for 2019 CampRedhawk staff will open in late fall 2018. 

For summer 2018, we have one Senior Nest Leader and four Nest Leaders. Positions began in late Febraury with planning meetings and recruitment events throughout the spring semester. For more information about the duties, requirements and salary of the Senior Nest Leader or Nest Leader positions, please read the full job descriptions here.  

If you have questions, please contact Gretchen Grojean, Assistant Director for Event Services & Scheduling at or (573) 651-2280.


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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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