Camp Bulldog

May 25 & 26, 2018


Camp Bulldog Child Care Programs (4 months to kindergarten)

School-Aged Program (1st through 8th grades)


Reunion child care services will be provided by Bright Horizons Family Solutions in the Payne Whitney Gym, including the new Lanman Center and renovated Lee Amphitheater. In previous years, this popular program has been filled to capacity, so reserve early! Children will be divided into four groups in separate areas of the gym: infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children, as described below.


Program & Registration Information

Space is Limited. Pre-Registration is required.

Who: Camp Bulldog is open to children from four months of age through eighth grade.

Where: Payne Whitney Gym, including the new Lanman Center and renovated Lee Amphitheater. Each group has its own location in the gym with dividers for appropriate supervision.


Hours: 4 pm–11:30 pm, Friday and Saturday nights, as well as 8:30 am–12:00 pm on Saturday. The sign-in/sign-out desk will be open all day. We hope children will attend entire sessions, but they can join in at any time. We ask that each child be checked in and out by the parent that dropped off and received a numbered matching bracelet with their child.  Plan a few minutes at drop off to sign in and get your security bracelet. 


Fees: The Camp Bulldog registration fee is $90 per child for full or partial attendance. Your child must also be registered for the reunion during the sessions they will be attending. Please include payment with your other reunion fees on your Class reunion reservation.


Meals: While parents have the option of picking children up for dinner at their reunion headquarters, Friday dinner and Saturday dinner are served at Camp Bulldog. Two age-appropriate dinners are included and will be served at 6 pm each evening. A nutritious snack will be offered during each session. Water and juices will be available throughout the day. (Parents are asked to supply food and bottles for their infants up to 18 months of age.) Due to allergies, we ask that parents not send any other food into the program. Please note any food allergies or special needs your child has on your registration form.  We are a nut free event.


Staffing: Professionally trained staff from Bright Horizons Family Solutions will be supplemented by Yale undergraduate students. Many of the on-site individuals have First Aid and CPR training. All staff have completed background checks and state required training.


Emergencies: We will use your cell phone to reach you in case there is an emergency with your child during the weekend. Please indicate your cell phone number on the registration form.


Registration: SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THIS PROGRAM! In previous years, this popular program has been filled in advance of the reunion weekend. You may sign your children up for Camp Bulldog when registering for your reunion online. You're given the option to register for Camp Bulldog in the second step of online reunion registration. Within two weeks of receipt of your registration, you will receive a confirmation of your child’s registration. Spaces will be filled on a first come, first-served basis, and registration must be completed by 5pm Eastern time on Monday, May 14.  Due to availability and staffing, we do not accept walk-ins.


Waitlist & Cancellations: aOccasionally, due tot he popularity of Camp Bulldog, certain sessions will hit their maximum. If that happens, you will recieve notification on your registration receipt and reunion confirmation. Though we cannot guarantee that you child will make it off the wait list for that session, if a spot does become available you will receive an email. Cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing to the AYA prior to May 14.


About Bright Horizons Family Solutions: Since 1999, reunion child care services have been provided by Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the nation’s leading provider of work-site child care, early education, and work/life solutions. They operate more than 600 child care centers across the U.S., in Europe, and Canada and serve 700 clients worldwide. Roger Brown and Linda Mason, co-founders of Bright Horizons, are graduates of Yale School of Management. Visit us at


For Child Care Operational Questions

Jodi Chevarella, (203) 606-0523 or  

For Camp Bulldog Registration Questions or Cancellations

AYA, (203) 432-2110 or

Child Care Program

Infant Care: 4–through 18–month–old campers
Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:4
Yale Student Clerks: 0

We will read books, sing songs, and introduce your infant to age-appropriate activities, toys, sensory materials and they may take indoor walks. Our professional caregivers will make your infant feel safe and secure. Infants will be kept on their own schedules as much as possible.

What to bring: Parents are asked to provide the following, as needed: diapers, wipes, diaper cream, bottles, formula/breast milk, baby food, spoon, dish, pacifier, change of clothes, a blanket and comfort items. You may leave your child’s stroller with us if desired.  All other equipment and supplies will be provided by Camp Bulldog. Space is limited to 25 children.

Toddlers: 18–through 36–month–old campers.
Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:4
Yale Student Clerks: 3-5

Toddlers will play with blocks, create artwork, do messy sensory activities, and listen to music. There will be plenty of laps for sitting on and listening to stories, as well as a variety of learning activities to encourage creative expression and exploration. Quiet, restful periods will also be scheduled throughout the weekend. At approximately 8pm each evening lights are dimmed and the children lay down on mats for a G rated movie time till pick up. 

What to bring: Parents are asked to provide the following, as needed: diapers, wipes, diaper cream, prepared bottles, change of clothes, a blanket and comfort items. Feel free to bring in pajamas for us to change your child into if they are staying late.  Space is limited to 30 children.

Preschool: 3–year–olds through children entering kindergarten
Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:10
Yale Student Clerks: 3-5

Curiosity and creative thinking will be encouraged through self-directed or group activities. Your child will choose from dramatic play, movement and music activities, messy masterpieces, story-telling, and science.  At approximately 8pm each evening lights are dimmed and the children lay down on mats for a G rated movie time till pick up. 

What to bring: Parents are asked to provide a change of clothes (including shoes), any comfort items and a blanket for rest time. Space is limited to 50 children.

School-aged Program

Campers entering 1st through 8th grades. 
Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:10
Yale Student Clerks: 10-15

Our program for school-aged children will provide fun-filled activities to suit every child’s interest. The program is divided into younger and older age groups to ensure that everyone stays well within their comfort zone! For siblings enrolled in the school-aged program, rest assured that they will have plenty of opportunities to touch base with each other throughout the day and evening hours—as much as they would like! Children will be able to choose from a variety of events and activities throughout the weekend that include:

  • Sports & Court Games such as basketball, soccer, mini golf, football, volleyball and some tried and true good old-fashioned schoolyard games. Wear your sneakers and get ready for some fun!
  • Arts & Crafts Activities where children can create messy masterpieces, artful collages of beautiful junk, or something to wear to dinner that night.  Face painting and nail art area as well.
  • Favorite Board Games, Puzzle Challenges & Zany Brainy Games like Jeopardy, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Minute to Win It, Name That Tune, and Password that will have them scratching their heads and busting their brains! 
  • Song & Dance Activities like lip-synching and karaoke, jump roping and a Saturday Night Talent Show sure to bring out the performer in everyone!
  • Book nook, where children can hang out in a bean bag chair and read a chapter book.
  • Movie time, children can choose to participate in grabbing some popcorn and watching a PG rated movie.
  • Camp Bulldog Olympic Games, a decathlon of events will take place on the upper track that will playfully test your team’s physical abilities. 

What to bring: School-age children are responsible for the oversight of their items. Children may bring personal items such as age-appropriate books, hand-held games, iPods, etc. Athletic shoes/sneakers are required for participation on the sports courts.

Space is limited to 50 children

Special Activities for Teens (campers entering 7th & 8th grades) Older campers will participate in scheduled and “down time” activities with their peers such as the ones listed above as well as activities exclusively for teens and lead by teens-dedicated staff. Activities include friendly competition in sports, contests & board games, and creating a relaxed & friendly social setting for teens to hang out, listen to music, play games & have fun. (Please note: while we know teens like to be responsible for themselves, a parent or legal guardian will be required to check their teen in and out of the Camp Bulldog program each time. Teens may not come and go on their own.) Space is limited to 35 children.