Bear Down Camp Information & FAQ


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 15 - Thursday, August 19th,  2021

Registration for Bear Down Camp 2021 is not yet open but will open on Monday, May 3rd! ​ Click [HERE] to be redirected to the registration site. The deadline to register for camp is August 1st, 2021.  Please email sends e-mail) 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

We are extremely happy to confirm that Bear Down Camp 2021 will be held in person and on campus for the year!

Bear Down Camp will be held from Sunday, August 15th - Thursday, August 19th. 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. 

To register for Camp, please click [HERE] to be redirected. Please note that camp registration will open Monday, May 3rd.

The Bear Down Camp attendance cost is $100 and that 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 $55/day charge from Housing & Residential Life will be billed to your Bursar account. This is applicable from Sunday, August 15-Tuesday, August 17, 2021 and is separate from your registration payment.


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 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 $55/day charge from Housing & Residential Life will be billed to your Bursar account. This is applicable from Sunday, August 15-Tuesday, August 17, 2021 and is separate from your registration payment. Check in for Bear Down Camp move-in is Sunday, Aug. 15 from 12-3PM. For questions about Move-In, please contact Housing at<> or (520) 621-6501 or visit

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 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.