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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where will students stay while attending camp?

    Stillwater Camps:

    During Stillwater Camp, students will be housed overnight in the University Commons. Students will get to experience living in a residence hall and bedding is provided. Roommates for the weekend are determined on a first come, first serve basis once students check-in on Friday for Stillwater Camp. Staying on campus during camp is mandatory. 


    Quest Camps:

    Quest Camp participants stay outdoors in tents at various campgrounds depending on the trip location. Camp Cowboy will provide Quest participants with a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and a tent they will share with fellow participants.


    If you have further questions about housing conditions/accommodations during either Stillwater or Quest camps, please email

  • Are there opportunities for Early Move-In?

    Students attending our August Stillwater Camp will have the opportunity to move into their Fall 2024 housing assignment. Students will move-in on the morning of Friday, Aug. 9, immediately before the August Stillwater Camp, and will be expected to check-in with Camp Cowboy staff and attend the rest of the weekend's Camp Cowboy activities. More information regarding move in times, housing assignments, etc., will be available as plans are finalized. Communication and time slots for move-in will be sent from OSU Housing and Residential Life.

  • How far in advance do I need to register for Camp Cowboy?

    We suggest registering as soon as possible because Camps fill up fast. You can register for Camp Cowboy through your OSU admissions portal.

  • What time does Camp Cowboy start?

    Check-In for Camp Cowboy varies depending on your specific camp program.

    • Stillwater, Check-In between 3:00-5:00pm
    • Quest, Check-In around 8am, departing by 9am

    More detailed instructions about parking, check-in location, and camp updates will be included in an email one-week prior to your Camp Cowboy session date.

  • What is included in my registration fee?
    • Five Meals
      • NOTE: For Quest Camp, includes all meals during the camp. Fees DO NOT cover food during travel to and from the trip destination. Participants should bring money for at least two meals and any snacks along the way.
    • On-Campus housing for two nights OR outdoor recreation and camping fees for two days/nights
    • One official Camp Cowboy T-shirt (to be worn on last day)
    • Camp water bottle and other camp participation supplies
    • Transportation to and from any off-campus activities
  • I have a food allergy, what should I do?

    All meals will be provided during Camp sessions, and accommodations can be made for any food allergies/preferences. Please indicate any arrangements that need to be made when completing the camp registration form, or notify us directly via email so that we can ensure appropriate accommodations are made for you. 

  • I’m an incoming transfer/international student. Can I still attend?

    Yes, Camp Cowboy is designed for all incoming new students—first year, transfers, or international students! We would love to have you. Jump into your Admissions Portal and get registered

  • I plan on attending Panhellenic Recruitment. Will I be able to do both?

    Camp Cowboy partners with Fraternity and Sorority Affairs to ensure that students participating in Panhellenic Recruitment can additionally attend Camp Cowboy. If a scheduling conflict arises please email  with additional concerns. 

  • I don't have much time this summer. Is Camp Cowboy really worth it?

    Camp Cowboy will be an unforgettable experience. The three days you spend at camp will impact you for the rest of your life. You will meet some of your first friends at OSU and begin making connections for life. Mark Camp Cowboy on your schedule now.

  • I think I know OSU traditions well enough; do I really need to go?

    Camp Cowboy is so much more than just learning about OSU traditions. You’ll meet new people, develop lasting friendships, learn important skills all first-year students need and most of all - have fun!

  • I'm not a very social person. Is Camp Cowboy really the right environment for me?

    Camp Cowboy can help bring you out of your shell. Studies at similar college first-year camps have shown that 16 percent of campers considered themselves “shy” when they first set foot on campus. After camp, 61 percent of campers felt that they had become more outgoing or more easygoing for having attended the camp. We believe you will love your Camp Cowboy experience regardless if you consider yourself more shy or not. 

    If you have more questions about the Camp Cowboy experience, feel free to email our Camp Cowboy Leadership Team at or call us so we can share our most impactful moments from camp (405) 744-0383

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