Bear Down Camp Information & FAQ

HOLA GATITOS!

Congratulations on taking the first step towards a successful first year at the University of Arizona! As a Bear Down Camp camper (Gatito) you have the advantage of familiarizing yourself with the UArizona campus and Tucson community. In addition, you will have the opportunity to create a strong network of peers and mentors that many campers carry with them through their freshman year and beyond.

Dates: Sunday, August 14 - Thursday, August 18th,  2022 (Early Move-In will be Saturday, August 13th)

Registration for Bear Down Camp 2022 is not yet open but will open on Monday, May 23rd! ​The registration link can be found on the homepage. 

Please email ASUA-beardowncamp@email.arizona.edu with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to email us at 

ASUA-beardowncamp@email.arizona.edu

We are extremely happy to confirm that Bear Down Camp 2022 will be held in person and on the UArizona campus for the year!

Bear Down Camp will be held from Sunday, August 14th - Thursday, August 18th. With Housing move-in happening on Saturday, August 13th. Our team is working diligently to develop an action and informative packed schedule and will update our website and email participants as soon as this information is available.  You can be certain that the camp will offer a balance of high-energy activities and calmer information sessions and learning opportunities each day. Camp is an inclusive experience and all activities are "challenge by choice" meaning you choose what you are comfortable with each step of the way. Our camp counselors (Gatos) are here to encourage, assist, and support you with having the best camp experience. 

Registration For Bear Down Camp 2022 has closed. 

Thank you for your interest in Bear Down Camp. We did reach capacity fairly quickly. Unfortunately, there is no waitlist for camp but if you complete the form HERE with your email information we will be in touch if we have more availability for camp.

The Bear Down Camp attendance cost is $250. This fee will cover the camper's food for the duration of camp, camp shirts/merchandise, and all camp activities. There is an additional early move-in fee that will be a $30/day charge from Housing & Residential Life will be billed to your Busar account. This is applicable from Sunday, August 14-Tuesday, August 18, 2022 and is separate from your registration payment. You will not be charged up until Thursday as regual move-in begins on Wednesday, August 13th and does not require a fee.

All campers will receive an email confirming their spot in the program in addition to any missing or incorrect information that we may need but was not included upon initial registration. If you have registered for camp and have not received a confirmation email within 7 days, contact the administrative team immediately at asua-beardowncamp@email.arizona.edu. Once registration has closed, weekly messages will go out to both campers and parents with information regarding camp.

Gatos (“cats”) are Bear Down Camp counselors and Gatitos (“little cats”) are Bear Down Camp campers. Simple as that!

Early move-in will have a $30/day charge from Housing & Residential Life will be billed to your Bursar account. This is applicable from Sunday, August 14-Tuesday, August 18, 2022 and is separate from your registration payment. You will not be charged up until Thursday as regular move-in begins on Wednesday, August 13th and does not require a fee. Check in for Bear Down Camp move-in is Sunday, Aug. 13 from 12-3PM. Students will move into their assigned dorm for the year at the time of move-in.

For questions about Move-In, please contact Housing at housing@arizona.edu, or (520) 621-6501, or visit www.housing.arizona.edu/movein.

If you have reached the “Thank you for registering” page and paid by credit card, your registration is complete! You should receive a confirmation email with more information from the Bear Down Camp Directors. If you chose to pay by check, please mail it to ASUA as soon as possible, this information will be located on your registration page. An e-mail confirmation will be sent within 7 days upon receipt.

For those living off-campus, you are responsible for your transportation to and from campus for each day of camp. 

Several resources exist via the University as well as the Tucson Downtown Metro area to assist you. 

For information regarding the on and around campus shuttle service — Cat Tran — please refer to the parking.arizona.edu website.

Additionally, for students living farther from campus in the broader Downtown and surrounding area, the Sun Link Street Car is an excellent option — with a stop conveniently located just steps from the Students Union.

Also be aware of Tugo bike share stations peppered around the University area. Tucson is a bike friendly community; this is a great way to commute and familiarize yourself with the area. 

We are aware that incoming pre-professional students are required to attend a mandatory Eller UA Clicks event on Monday, August, 17. If this applies to your camper, we will make accommodations for them to attend their virtual event during their designated time and rejoin camp upon completion.