About RAM CAMP


RAM CAMP is a week-long on-campus leadership experience designed to connect incoming freshmen to VCU traditions, campus resources, and fellow Rams. Campers are divided into small groups and participate in various activities led by a VCU upperclassmen student leader. These leaders, along with university staff and faculty, create opportunities for campers to develop leadership skills, engage in community service, and build their Ram community. If you are selected, you will need to arrive on campus a week before freshmen move-in.

2017 Dates to Remember


July

7

Camper Acceptance Notifications Begin

July

19

Application Priority Deadline

Aug.

1

Final Deadline

Aug.

13

RAM CAMP Move-in

What to Expect at Camp


From the second you step foot onto campus, RAM CAMP Leaders will be by your side to get you ready for the RAM CAMP experience. You will be given the opportunity to build strong bonds through small group facilitation and numerous competitive activities. It is guaranteed that you will be personally challenged along the way. To sum up RAM CAMP you can expect:

RAM CAMP Fees and Accommodations


Fees

The cost to attend RAM CAMP is free. However, participants who either:

  • Register and do not attend ALL scheduled RAM CAMP sessions
  • Fail to fill out the pre-camp and post-camp evaluation due Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017
  • Fail to assist with New Student Move-in

will be required to pay the early move-in fee and other expenses related to being a participants at RAM CAMP, totaling $200. This fee will also be assessed to those students who fail to fill out the pre camp and post camp evaluation due Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 after RAM CAMP ends or assessed to those who fail to assist with New Student Move-in. This fee is not assessed until after the conference is completed and will be charged directly to your student account.

There is also a "No Show" fee of $500. If there are circumstances that prohibit your attendance at RAM CAMP, we ask for advance notification via the options provided within the emailed confirmation materials. Please know the RAM CAMP registration process is separate from the Housing Application Process. Should you cancel your plans to be a VCU student, you will still need to cancel your RAM CAMP registration by emailing RAMCAMP@vcu.edu by August 1, 2017.

Accommodations

The RAM CAMP registration process is separate from the Housing Application Process. You must have a housing assignment to participate in the RAM CAMP program. RAM CAMPERS will need to arrive on campus a week before freshmen move-in. You will be able to move into your permanent residence hall room assignment without being assessed any additional fees. If for some reason your permanent housing assignment is not available at the start of RAM CAMP, you will be temporarily housed in one of our residence halls for the duration of RAM CAMP. At the completion of RAM CAMP, you must move out of your temporary housing assignment by the communicated deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions


How many CAMPERS will be selected to participate in RAM CAMP Program?
700 incoming freshmen will be selected as RAM CAMPERS.

Can I move in early?
RAM CAMPERS can only move in between 10am-2pm on Sunday, August 13. RAM CAMPER may not move in earlier than this date. RAM CAMPERS should be sure to bring everything with you as this is your official move-in for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Do I have to live on campus to be apart of RAM CAMP?
Yes, you must have a housing assignment to participate in the RAM CAMP program.

Can I live off campus and participate in the RAM CAMP Program?
No, in order to participate in the RAM CAMP program you must have a housing assignment.

Is the RAM CAMP and Housing Application the same thing?
No, they are two separate applications. The RAM CAMP Application is separate from the Housing Application 

What meals are included for the week of RAM CAMP?   
If selected to attend the RAM CAMP Program, all participants will receive dinner on Sunday, August 13, breakfast, lunch and dinner through Thursday, August 17 and a brunch meal on Friday, August 18 at no cost to the participant.  Please note all meal plans begin on Friday, August 18 for VCU students that purchase a meal plan.

When will I be notified if I am accepted to participate in the RAM CAMP program?
For all applications submitted before the July 19 priority deadline, we will begin notifying applicants July 19 of their RAM CAMP status. All other notifications we be sent on an ongoing basis throughout the summer.

If I leave RAM CAMP Early will I be charged? 
Yes, participants who register, move-in and do not attend ALL scheduled RAM CAMP sessions (this includes all meals and evening activities) will be required to pay the early move-in fee and other expenses related to being a participant at RAM CAMP, totaling$200.

Announcement for Accommodations
Please let RAM CAMP staff know if you are a VCU student with documented disabilities and registered with VCU Disability Support Services (DSS).  

2017 RAM CAMP Schedule


Sunday, Aug. 13
10 a.m. - 2 p.m: RAM CAMP Move-in
4:30 pm: Gather in Building Lobby to walk to Evening Kickoff
5 pm: Opening Kickoff  

Monday, Aug. 14
7 – 9 am: Breakfast 
9 am –  noon: Morning Programming Sessions 
Noon – 1 pm: Lunch 
1 –  5:30 pm: Afternoon Programming Sessions
5:30 – 7 pm: Dinner 
7 – 8 pm: Squad Meetings 
8 – 10 pm: Evening Socials

Tuesday, Aug. 15
7 – 9 am: Breakfast 
9 am – noon: Morning Programming Sessions 
Noon – 1 pm: Lunch 
1 – 5:30 pm: Afternoon Programming Sessions
5:30 – 7 pm: Dinner 
7 – 8 pm: Squad Meetings 
8 – 10 pm: Evening Socials

Wednesday, Aug. 16
7 – 9 am: Breakfast 
9 am – noon: Morning Programming Sessions 
noon – 1 pm: Lunch 
1 – 5:30 pm: Afternoon Programming Sessions
5:30 – 7 pm: Dinner 
7 – 8 pm: Squad Meetings 
8 – 10 pm: Evening Socials

Thursday, Aug. 17
7 – 9 am: Breakfast 
9 am – noon: Morning Programming Sessions 
noon – 1 pm: Lunch 
1 – 5:30 pm: Afternoon Programming Sessions
5:30 – 7 pm: Dinner 
7 – 8 pm: Squad Meetings 
8 – 10 pm: Evening Socials

Friday, Aug. 18
10 am – 2 pm: Closing Ceremonies

Saturday, Aug. 19
7 am – 5 pm: Freshmen Move-in

 

*Please note the schedule is subject to change*

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