Join us in celebrating
30 years of Frog Camp!

A TCU tradition for 30 years, Frog Camp provides incoming students with an opportunity to make new friends, experience TCU spirit, and learn what it takes to be a Horned Frog.

 

 

What is Frog Camp?

Frog Camp is an extended orientation program that introduces incoming students to the TCU community. Frog Camp is offered off-campus in different locations, including travel destinations. Students walk away from Frog Camp with new friends, faculty & staff resources and upper-division mentors. Participants also get an inside look at what it means to be a Horned Frog, learn TCU traditions, and have some fun along the way!

Although there are different camps, all incoming students will have a similar small group experience. Participants are placed into small groups with two upper-division facilitators, and a faculty & staff mentor. Small groups will be home base for campers throughout their Frog Camp experience, and they will explore and discuss many aspects of going to college and becoming a Horned Frog.

TCU Faculty & Staff Partners

TCU Faculty & Staff Partners support Frog Camp by attending and participating in small groups with incoming students and current student leaders. Recruitment for faculty/staff partners for Summer 2024 will occur mid-Spring.

All the Details

We have multiple types of camp and dates throughout the summer! Here are the dates in chronological order, check out the Frog Camp Descriptions & Locations below for specific information about each camp.

Challenge A: May 31-June 2, 2024 (Dates being confirmed and subject to change)
Casa Nueva A: June 7-9, 2024
Mystery: June 12-16, 2024 (cost associated)
Casa Nueva B: June 15-17, 2024
All Stars A: June 21-23, 2024
Casa Nueva C: June 26-28, 2024
All Stars B: July 6-8, 2024
Nashville: July 10-14, 2024 (cost associated)
Casa Nueva D: July 11-13, 2024
Iceland: July 15-21, 2024 (Dates being confirmed and subject to change; cost associated)
Alpine A: July 22-26, 2024 (cost associated)
Alpine B: July 27-31, 2024 (cost associated)
Challenge B: August 8-10, 2024

Only incoming students who have submitted their tuition deposit will have access to Frog Camp registration.

Beginning in late March, those who have submitted their tuition deposit can login to their myTCU portal, click on the Admission Status & Checklist tile. Students will be prompted to complete several general information forms and then will have the ability to register for a Frog Camp session.

Each camp has a limited number of spots. Once a camp is full, there will be an option for students to be added to a waitlist. We recommend waitlisted students also register for a camp that is available. This is because there is no guarantee spots will become available at the camp a student is waitlisted for. Spots can go quickly, so we recommend that students register as soon as possible.

TCU has recognized the value of this experience, and we are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to attend Frog Camp at no cost for any of our camps located in Texas.

Travel camps (out of state) have separate fees associated with each individual camp. Those fees will be determined by March and posted below.

Frog Camp Cancellation & No-Show Policy

  • There is a late cancel or no show fee of $300 for our camps in Texas.
  • Travel (out-of-state) camps have a late cancel or no show fee reflecting the price of the respective camp.
  • Should participants cancel their registration after the cancellation deadline listed below, this fee will be charged to their student account. Similarly, students will receive this charge if they do not show for the camp for which they are registered.
  • Cancellation dates for each camp will be posted by mid-March.

When scheduling travel, students must plan to attend their registered camp in its entirety. Students are unable to arrive late or leave early from camp, please make travel arrangements accordingly.
TCU is not responsible for any missed or delayed personal flights. Please plan time in between returning from Frog Camp and your own personal travel accordingly.

Housing Accommodations

If you are attending a Frog Camp and will be participating in an Orientation session the next day, you have the option to remain in accommodations on campus between programs. If you are participating in an Orientation session and attending a Frog Camp the next day, the same applies. Students with either of these back-to-back occurrences are is automatically included in additional accommodations on-campus on your registration form. Our office will confirm your need once you arrive for Orientation or Frog Camp (whichever you attend first).
Unfortunately, TCU cannot provide additional housing accommodations outside of these situations. If you are arriving  prior to your session or staying additional nights after your session late, please make your own accommodation reservations off campus at a local hotel.

  • Who can I contact with questions or more information?
  • What do I do if the camp I want to attend fills up?
    • Each camp has a limited number of spots. Once a camp is full, there will be an option for students to be added to a waitlist. We recommend waitlisted students also register for a camp that is available. This is because there is no guarantee spots will become available at the camp a student is waitlisted for.
  • How do I register for Frog Camp?
    • Those who have can register for Frog Camp starting in late Spring by logging in to their myTCU portal and clicking on the Admission Status & Checklist tile. Students will be prompted to complete several general information forms and then will have the ability to register for a Frog Camp session.
  • Why should I attend Frog Camp?
    • Frog Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is designed to help with your transition into TCU. Frog Camp provides an opportunity to connect with other incoming students, learn more about TCU, and further prepare you for life in college. Most importantly, Frog Camp is FUN!
  • I have a dietary restriction, how can I make sure that I have food at camp?
    • Upon registration, you can provide any dietary restrictions or special accommodations. Please make sure you fill this out so we can ensure we have the proper food and accommodations prepared for you.
  • How do you staff your camps?
    • We always have two, trained professional staff members at each camp for safety and risk management purposes. In addition, we have graduate student interns, student directors, student facilitators, and faculty/staff members all affiliated with TCU that are prepared to ensure that students are having a fulfilling experience at Frog Camp.

Frog Camp Descriptions & Locations

Frog Camp Casa Nueva will introduce you to everything we love about living in Fort Worth. During this three-day camp, you will stay at a local hotel. This camp visits the Stockyards, Sundance Square, the zoo, and eat at several of Fort Worth’s local favorites.
Casa Nueva A: June 7-9, 2024
Casa Nueva B: June 15-17, 2024
Casa Nueva C: June 26-28, 2024
Casa Nueva D: July 11-13, 2024
Packing List: Casual clothes for summer weather, Billy Bob’s attire (country-western or wear whatever you are comfortable with!), Closed – toe shoes, refillable water bottle, Spending money (enough for 1-2 meals and any spending money for downtown shops), Toiletries, Sunblock, Hat/sunglasses (if you want to avoid the heat), Weather gear in case of rain. *This is a general packing list. Students will be sent a detailed packing list via email prior to Frog Camp.
Frog Camp All Stars will enthrall any sports fan. At this three-day camp, students will get to experience some of the professional sports offerings in the DFW area by touring AT&T stadium and attending a local sports game. Campers will also get to learn about and get ready to cheer for our TCU athletic teams. This camp will be hosted at a local hotel.
All-Stars A: June 21-23, 2024
All-Stars B: July 6-8, 2024
Packing List: Casual clothes for summer weather, Closed – toe shoes, Spending money (enough for 1-2 meals and any spending money for downtown shops), Toiletries, refillable water bottle, Sunblock, Hat/sunglasses (if you want to avoid the heat), Jersey/Sporty attire for stadium visit/game attendance, Weather gear in case of rain. *This is a general packing list. Students will be sent a detailed packing list via email prior to Frog Camp.
When you come to Frog Camp Challenge, get ready to stretch yourself during our challenge course and get head-to-toe dirty during Grimy Games. During this three-day camp there’s time to relax by the water, roast marshmallows by the campfire, participate in some friendly competition, or get in on a random dance party. This camp is held at a local campgrounds. Cabins and all indoor facilities are air-conditioned.
Challenge A: May 31-June 2, 2024 *Dates being confirmed and subject to change
Challenge B: August 8-10, 2024
Packing List: Casual clothes for summer weather, Sleeping bag or twin-size bedding and a pillow for cabins, Towel and washcloth, Toiletries, Close-toed shoes, Set of clothing for Grimy Games that you can get REALLY Dirty, Swimsuit, Sunscreen, Bug Spray, Shower shoes, Flashlight, refillable water bottle, Weather gear in case of rain. *This is a general packing list. Students will be sent a detailed packing list via email prior to Frog Camp.
Journey with Frog Camp to Music City! In the heart of country music, Nashville offers unique experiences including a trip to the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, eating good-old-fashion southern barbecue, and so much more. Frog Camp Nashville is a ton of fun, while making great friends along the way.
Nashville: July 10-14, 2024
Packing List: ID for Travel, Casual clothes for summer weather, Reusable Water Bottle, Closed – toe shoes, Spending money (enough for 1-2 meals and any spending money for downtown shops), Toiletries, Sunblock, Hat/sunglasses (if you want to avoid the heat), Weather gear in case of rain. *This is a general packing list. Students will be sent a detailed packing list via email prior to Frog Camp.

Participants will travel together with TCU Frog Camp & Faculty/Staff partners from DFW to our Nashville location. More details can be found upon registration. Nashville fee and payment information will be posted by mid-March.
Start your TCU journey at 10,000 feet by traveling to Alpine. At this five-day camp high in the Colorado Rockies you’ll have a chance to rock climb, white-water raft, hike, tackle the high ropes course and experience long lasting connections in an “off the grid” experience. During Alpine, you’ll sleep in rustic cabins, eat family-style meals and make great new friends in a setting that will literally take your breath away. Alpine does have limited access to cell phone service, which allows for deeper connections that will leave you connected to the experience for years to come.
Alpine A: July 22-26, 2024
Alpine B: July 27-31, 2024
Packing List: Casual clothes for Colorado summer weather (mix of long and short sleeves and pants/shorts), two reusable water bottles (totaling 64 oz), Rain jacket, Warm jacket/Sweatshirts, Gloves and hat, Socks (a pair of wool socks if your feet get cold), Two pairs of comfortable shoes for outdoor activities (one pair will get wet, we also recommend at least one pair of closed-toe shoes), Swimsuit, Pool towel, Quick drying clothing for rafting (no cotton) – neoprene rafting socks will be provided, Toiletries, Towel and washcloth, Sunblock, Lotion, Insect repellent, Chapstick, Hat/sunglasses (it’s bright on the mountain!), Flashlight or head lamp, Warm sleeping bag, Pillow, Personal spending money for one meal, snacks, souvenirs, etc. *This is a general packing list. Students will be sent a detailed packing list via email prior to Frog Camp.

Campers are responsible for their own transportation to/from Colorado Springs Airport. Alpine fee and payment process will be posted by mid-March.
Like the element of surprise? Well, Frog Camp Mystery is the camp for you. Join us on a trip to a secret destination you will not know until we take off at the airport. No worries, we are only traveling in the US, but that means there are hundreds of destination possibilities!
Mystery: June 12-16, 2024
Packing List: ID for Travel, Casual clothes for summer weather, Closed – toe shoes, Spending money (enough for 1-2 meals and any spending money for shopping), Toiletries, Sunblock, Hat/sunglasses, Weather gear in case of rain. *This is a general packing list. Students will be sent a detailed packing list via email prior to Frog Camp.

Participants will travel together with TCU Frog Camp & Faculty/Staff partners from DFW to our Mystery location. More details can be found upon registration. Mystery fee and payment information will be posted by mid-March.
Join Frog Camp on an adventure outside of the U.S! We are thrilled to host the opportunity to provide a seven-day experience for students to immerse themselves in another culture, as well as connect to their new peers at TCU. Participants will be able to experience the incredible sights of Iceland, take the leap to build connections, and make unforgettable memories.
Iceland: July 15-21, 2024 *Dates are  being confirmed and subject to change
Packing List: ID for Travel, Passport, Casual clothes for summer weather in Iceland, Reusable Water Bottle, Closed – toe shoes, Spending money (enough for 1-2 meals and any spending money for downtown shops), Toiletries, Sunblock, Hat/sunglasses (if you want to avoid the heat), Weather gear in case of rain. *This is a general packing list. Students will be sent a detailed packing list via email prior to Frog Camp.

Participants will travel together with TCU Frog Camp & Faculty/Staff partners from DFW to our Iceland location. More details can be found upon registration. Iceland fee and payment information will be posted by mid-March.


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