Cards Camp

Cards Camp has been cancelled for summer 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, and in recognizing that our living and dining quarters and programming for Cards Camp will not allow for proper social distancing requirements to be met, the University has made the decision to cancel Cards Camp for 2020.

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What is Cards Camp?

Cards Camp is a 4-day, 3-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 at Family Scholar House that will allow participants to engage with and learn more about our compassionate campus and 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 lunch and activities around campus, campers and staff will travel to Camp Piomingo right outside of the city on Monday evening.  This is a rustic camp experience and most programming will be held outdoors, with traditional summer-camp style housing in non-air conditioned cabins with twin bunks.  Students will return to campus and their residence hall on Wednesday night, and gather to participate in the service project 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


Registrations for Cards Camp will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  The registration limit is 60 total students (30 female and 30 male).

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.  

Click here to register for Cards Camp!

Schedule of Events

Students will move into their Residence Hall for the Fall 2020 semester and check-in to Cards Camp on the morning of Monday, August 10.  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 later that evening to begin the adventure portion of their camp experience.  Cards Camp students will return to the UofL campus on Wednesday evening.  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 4 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.