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Become a part of Southeast's newest tradition!

  • Want a jumpstart on getting involved on campus?
  • Interested in campus tradition?
  • Ready to meet new friends?

What is CampRedhawk?

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

CampRedhawk 2020 Health and Safety Measures
Southeast Missouri State University students share their experiences from CampRedhawk
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“I would encourage freshmen to attend CampRedhawk for so many reasons! To name just a few is difficult. For starters it was one of the most fun weeks of my summer! And it will just give you a jumpstart on your college life overall. It gives you connections, experience, and helpful hints to get you through your first semester.”
Beth Bangert
Coldwater, Missouri
Animal Science, Pre-Vet
Attended Summer 2018
Nest Leader Summer 2019


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

CampRedhawk 2021:

  • Session 1: Monday, June 21 – Thursday, June 24 *First STEP Orientation is scheduled Friday, June 25
  • Session 2: Sunday, July 11 – Wednesday, July 14
  • Session 3: Monday, July 19 – Thursday, July 22 *First STEP Orientation is scheduled Friday, July 23

*You can stay an additional night in the residence hall for $30 to attend the First STEP Orientation the following day. This is especially intended for students coming from farther distances who can plan to come to campus just once to attend both CampRedhawk and First STEP Orientation. 

You'll be busy! Activities will include:
  • Ziplining 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"
Basic Schedule
 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 & Outdoor Challenge 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 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). 
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.

The cost to attend CampRedhawk 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

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 room key!


University Center Room 414

One University Plaza, MS1200
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701