Panther Camp

Panther Camp is an extended orientation for new first-year students that provides insight into what it’s really like to be a Panther. This program is a three-day, two-night experience in August held at a camp in the Milwaukee area where students are given the opportunity to establish life-long friendships, learn about UWM traditions, and make a plan to be successful in every way during their first year.

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Students participating in Panther Camp will:

  • Make connections and build relationships with other new students
  • Learn UWM Traditions and develop Panther Pride
  • Enjoy the outdoors and stay overnight at a camp off-campus
  • Learn more about how to be academically and socially successful at UWM

When: August 24-26, 2018

Where: Panther Camp will be held at the Salvation Army Lake Camp in East Troy, WI this year.

How to apply: Follow this link or click the button above! Applications will be due July 28th.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why should I go to Panther Camp?
Panther Camp occurs before Fall semester classes begin and it is a great chance to get a jump start on your college career. This is a time to build friendships, develop Panther Pride, and have fun!

Studies show that students who participate in programs like Panther Camp are more likely to be engaged on campus and connect with other students. Panther Camp is a space for students to discuss and process the anticipation of the transition to college. After attending Panther Camp, students will have a network of friends and feel confident going into their first week of class!

What does Panther Camp entail?
At Panther Camp, students spend time meeting new people, learning about themselves and UWM, and of course having fun! There will be several team building and community building activities, socials, and other sessions designed to help students learn about UWM and make a plan to succeed during their first year.

Do we “camp” at Panther Camp?
Not really. Participants will sleep in an air-conditioned lodge with indoor plumbing and WiFi. Many of the activities during the program will take place outside and there will be optional evening bonfires. While we’ll be at camp, we will not be roughing it by any means.

When and where is Panther Camp?
Panther Camp will be held at the Salvation Army Lake Camp in East Troy, WI from August 24 to 26. We’ll meet at the Union on campus and bus to the camp in the afternoon on the 24th and return the morning of the 26th.

How much does it cost to go to Panther Camp?
There is no fee to participate in Panther Camp this year. Instead of a fee, participants are required to complete two evaluations of the program as well as volunteer during Fall Welcome in the following capacity:

  • Work two shifts during Residence Hall Move-In (you pick the shifts between 8/28 and 8/30)
  • Volunteer to help with logistics during Panther Academic Welcome (afternoon of 8/31)

If I attend Panther Camp do I still need to attend a New Student Orientation?
Yes. New Student Orientation is still mandatory even if you plan to attend Panther Camp.

I have conflicting plans on one of those days, will I need to be at Panther Camp the entire duration?
Yes. Unfortunately students will not be allowed to transport themselves (you must travel on the bus with the group) and remain on-site the entirety of Panther Camp to be eligible to attend.

When and how will I know if I get to go to Panther Camp?
Applications are due July 28th and applicants will be notified via email August 3rd.

What will I need to bring to Panther Camp?
A full packing list will be provided to selected participants. Nothing too extreme, though. Clothes, shoes, toiletries, sun screen, etc.