Cards Camp

August 11-15, 2019

It's Time to Explore!

What is Cards Camp?

Cards Camp is a 5-day, 4-night immersive experience designed to give students a jump start on their college journey.  On and off campus programming will include small group activities, team building exercises, and other engaging opportunities to discuss meaningful topics surrounding transitions to college life.  Camp participants will connect with peers, student mentors, faculty and staff to begin building their Cardinal community.  Cards Camp will end with a service opportunity in the Louisville community that allows students to learn more about our compassionate city.  Campers will conclude the experience by joining in on the Welcome Week opening picnic, confident and eager to begin their first year at the University of Louisville!

Students will have the opportunity to move into their residence hall early prior to the Cards Camp Kick-Off Luncheon.  After the lunch, campers and staff will travel to Camp Piomingo right outside of the city.  Students will return to campus for additional programming on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Cards Camp Guiding Pillars


  • Personal reflection
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Exposure to university programs, resources, and traditions


  • Connect with students and faculty in a diverse environment
  • Build lasting relationships with peers and student mentors
  • Engage with university faculty and staff


  • Participate in a community service project
  • Learn about service opportunities and ways to contribute to your campus
  • Begin learning about social issues in our community and leave with a personal plan of action


  • Step outside of your comfort zone
  • Challenge yourself and support your peers
  • Short-term immersion in a rustic camp experience with outdoor team building activities


The registration fee for Cards Camp is $200, due within one week of registration submission in your New Cards Gateway.  Students will be notified via email to their campus email when the fee is applied to their account.  Students must already be registered for and/or attend New Cards Orientation before registering for Cards Camp. 

The Cards Camp registration fee includes all meals, lodging, transportation, two camp t-shirts, water bottle, and all programming materials.  The camp fee also includes attendance at the Kick-Off Luncheon for up to two guests.  (There will be a $10 fee for any additional guests, charged at registration.)

No refunds will be issued for cancellation of Cards Camp registrations after payment is submitted. 

Login to the Cards Camp registration form with your New Cards Gateway login credentials.  

Register NOW for Cards Camp!

Schedule of Events

Students will move into their Residence Hall for the Fall 2019 semester and check-in to Cards Camp on the morning of Sunday, August 11.  After hall move-in, there will be a Kick-Off Luncheon on campus for Cards Campers and their families before campers depart campus for Camp Piomingo to begin the adventure portion of their camp experience.  Cards Camp students will return to the UofL campus on Wednesday evening for on-campus programming.  Thursday morning all Cards Campers will participate in a community service project before transitioning into the first university-wide Welcome Week event.   View full schedule of events. 

What to Bring

You'll be with us for 5 days. You'll need to bring some basic items for your overnight stays, as well as some optional comfort items. View packing list.

Meet the Cards Camp Staff

We've assembled a group of Cardinal Allstars to help you have a great Cards Camp experience. Meet our team.