Get All You Can from Youth Programs with CRU Membership

CRU (Campus Recreation and Unions) Membership, formerly known as ARC Membership, incorporates the amenities and services of the ARC and other CRU programming. Benefits include significant discounts at the Craft Center, Equestrian Center, Outdoor Adventures and Youth Programs. They also include low-cost access to Fitness and Wellness programs such as Group Exercise, Instructional Series and Personal Training. In addition, CRU Members enjoy free access to Intramural (IM) Sports, the Rec Pool and Hickey Pool. To explore your own CRU lifestyle, visit

Bio Boot Camps Leadership Training

Price Key

A: UC Davis Student/CRU Member
B: Non-UC Davis Student/Non-CRU Member

Bio Boot Camps

Bio Boot Camp 1

Entering Grades 7–9
June 19-23

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (Overnight Thursday)
Fee: $425

Together with the  UCD Museum of Wildlife & Fish Biology  and  Campus Recreation and Unions we launched Bio Boot Camp in 2011, a camp for junior high aged students who are interested in the natural sciences. There is limited enrollment and so we ask that the students themselves be part of the enrollment process. This is a full day camp from 8:30 am-5:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on Thursday morning we travel to Tahoe to the UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station in odd years (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) and the coastal UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Lab in even years (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018) for an overnight and exploration. We return to Davis on Friday afternoon. Transportation (vans), 3 meals and housing (bunkhouse or cabin) are provided. This camp has an enrollment of 12 students and 2 instructors.

Monday-Wednesday: 8:30 am-5:30 pm & Thursday 8:30 am-Friday 5:30 pm
Partial need-based scholarships are available.

Due to limited space in this specialized camp, there is a separate application process for this camp. Some need-based, partial scholarships are also available. To inquire about the application process and scholarships, please contact Tabatha Yang at or visit

BBCBT1 June 19-23

*Overnight stay on Thursday

Bio Boot Camp 2.0

Entering Grades 10–12
One week session: July 23-29
Sunday at noon–Saturday at noon (Overnight Sunday–Saturday camp)
Fee: $795

Camp is longer this year!  Together with the  UCD Museum of Wildlife & Fish Biology  and  Campus Recreation    we launched Bio Boot Camp 2.0 in 2013 after much enthusiasm from Bio Boot Campers who graduated out of the junior high program. The camp  is  7 days and 6 nights, so Sunday at noon to Saturday at noon. Pick-up and drop-off will be at the museums on the UC Davis Campus. The first night will be at UC Davis Quail Ridge Field Station outside of Winters, CA getting to know the Central Valley. We will be stopping at the UC Davis campus on Monday for part of the day before traveling to UC Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station outside of Truckee, CA  to conduct a project and explore the area. Transportation (vans), housing (tents/cabins) and food will be provided, but campers will be expected to help prepare group meals. This camp has an enrollment of 10 students and 3 instructors.

Sunday 12:00 pm -Saturday 12:00 pm (7 days, 6 nights)

Due to limited space in this specialized camp, there is a separate application process for this camp. Some need-based, partial scholarships are also available. To inquire about the application process and scholarships, please contact Tabatha Yang at or visit

BBCBT2 July 23-29

*Overnight stay Sunday–Saturday

Leadership Training

Ages 15–17

Camp Day: 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Campers in Leadership Training (CILT)

Due to low enrollment, this program has been cancelled. 

A $130 / B $140

Campers will learn valuable communication and leadership skills during this two week camp. CILTs complete training modules and activities that teach skills they can apply to working with individuals and in group settings. CILTs also discuss strategies for youth management in and outside the camp setting. During the second of two weeks, campers will have the opportunity to practice skills by assisting counselors in Aggie Camps A (ages 4–5), B (ages 6–7) and C (ages 8–10) part of the day. This program is for young people who are highly motivated and ready to work and play hard, and who demonstrate additional responsibility in accepting the challenges of leadership.

While not required, it is recommended that applicants have leadership experience or experience working with children. There are a limited number of spaces and an application is required. If interested in applying, please fill out the application, which will be available starting February 1, and mail it to the Youth Programs Administrative Office at Youth Programs, One Shields Ave, ARC, RM 232, Davis CA, 95616. 

To apply, download the application at the bottom of this page.

For questions, email:

LITCT2 June 26–July 7 CANCELLED!

Volunteer Counselors in Training

Ages 15–17

This volunteer CIT program serves as the follow-up to the CILT Program. The goal of the program is to further develop leadership skills that participants can use throughout life to identify and achieve goals. We also develop participants’ skills in leading and teaching children. If accepted into the program after successful completion of the CILT Program, participants will be assigned a mentor instructor who assists in their development and progress. At the pre-camp training sessions, they will receive training in child development, instructor teaching techniques, child management strategies, child abuse and neglect prevention training, camp logistics, and emergency procedures.

The CIT participant is considered a volunteer member. He or she must register for the CILT Program and will be assigned a schedule and volunteer duties. Volunteers may use these hours to satisfy community service requirements for school or extracurricular purposes.

No enrollment codes. Must apply after completion of CILT.