What is Aggie Transition Camps (ATC)?
Aggie Transition Camps (ATC) is the umbrella organization that organizes and runs T-Camp in the fall and Howdy Camp in the spring. For more information on camps, please refer to our About Us page.
What is Transition Camp (T-Camp) and Howdy Camp?
T-Camp and Howdy Camp are extended orientation programs designed to introduce new students to the traditions, yells, and many opportunities that exist at Texas A&M; we accomplish this through skits, discussion groups, and other programs. Our main goal is to have campers leave with a newly ignited Aggie Spirit, and many lasting friendships.
Are T-Camp and Howdy Camp the same as New Student Conferences?
While they are being held in a similar format, T-Camp/Howdy Camp will serve incoming students differently than New Student Conferences do. You will be placed in a camp and discussion group, and will be able to participate in a number of different activities, discussion times and various programs to learn about traditions, campus resources, etc.
Camp does not take the place of a New Student Conference. In order to attend Texas A&M University, you MUST attend a New Student Conference. For more information, visit http://newaggie.tamu.edu
Why should I attend Camp?
The counselors and staff for Aggie Transition Camps are dedicated to easing the transition experience for new students. We want to provide you with information about Texas A&M and welcome you into the Aggie family. Campers will leave with a network of friends to help ease the anxiety of entering a university with over 50,000 students.
Who is eligible to attend Camp?
Any student entering the university during the spring semester, whether as a transfer, freshman, or graduate student may attend Howdy Camp. Howdy Camp is also open to Texas A&M students who were not able to attend Fish Camp or T-Camp when they entered the university.
Any student entering in the fall semester may attend T-Camp regardless of classification. T-Camp is also open to Texas A&M students who were not able to attend Fish Camp or Howdy Camp when they entered the university.
What do you do at Camp?
First, students are split into “camps” that have a designated theme and color. In your respective camp (color and theme), you will furthermore be divided into Discussion Groups (DGs) and spend time getting to know each other and developing bonds that will last you throughout your college career.
Counselors have prepared skits to help teach you about the traditions and opportunities at A&M. In addition, our very own group of “yell leaders,” known as Team, will teach the yells and hold yell practice every night. We will also have guest speakers and programs such as Carpool and The Association of Former Students come and inform us about the amazing benefits their respective organizations provide Texas A&M students. There will also be small group interactions and a recreation of Silver Taps, Muster, and Bonfire.
As mentioned earlier, within each camp, you will be divided into Discussion Groups of 6-10 transfers and 2 counselors. These DGs are where the lasting friendships are made. In addition to meeting new friends, you will have the opportunity to learn about Aggie life through your counselors and ask them any questions that you may have.
What does T-Camp look like for 2020?
Due to COVID-19, we have had to adapt our program to follow university and CDC guidelines. Instead of our traditional format of three-day, two-night program, we will host three three-day sessions held virtually. There will be scheduled breaks throughout the day between camp activities. This decision enables us to accommodate campers to the best of our ability and keep everyone’s health and safety our top priority.
Why did T-Camp go virtual?
After continual discussion with University staff and local officials, the decision was made to transition T-Camp 2020 to a virtual format in order to provide the safest and most impactful program possible. Given the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Texas, and with campers, counselors, and staff coming from throughout the state and country, it was imperative to ATC that we do all we can to protect our members and campers. Moving to a virtual delivery ensures the safety of all during Camp, and our members are fully committed to making it just as incredible of an experience for all.
When is T-Camp?
T Camp has 3 sessions listed below:
Session 1: July 22-24
Session 2: July 25-27
Session 3: July 28-30
How do I register for T-Camp 2020?
Due to the recent developments concerning COVID-19, registration will open 6/15 at 1:00 PM. To register, please go to the camper registration tab and follow the link. This will take you to maroonlink, and you will be able to register for camp. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Catherine Martinez at email@example.com.
How much does T-Camp cost and what does that cost cover?
T-Camp costs $25 per participant, and this price includes a t-shirt and mask as masks are now required on campus. When campers come to campus in the fall semester, ATC will have a way to pick up your T-Camp t-shirt and mask. Be on the lookout for more information about pick up times and locations in your TAMU email. If you will not be coming to campus this fall, ATC will work with you to get your camp items to you.
If I registered and paid for camp when it costs $150, how do I get a refund?
You will receive a refund in the amount of $125 in the upcoming weeks if you still want to participate in T Camp. If you no longer want to participate in camp, you will receive a full $150 refund. You should have received an email with information about requesting your refund. Please keep in mind that there are several departments our organization has to go through in order for all refunds to be approved.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Director of Registration, Catherine Martinez, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What methods of payment are accepted?
We can accept credit cards through the Texas A&M Marketplace when registering online. If you do not have a credit card, or MarketPlace will not work for you, please contact our Director of Finance at email@example.com and they will inform you of other payment options.
Are there fee waivers available to attend Camp?
Yes! Fee Waivers are available in partial and full amounts. The Fee Waiver Application Form is located on maroonlink under the “Forms” tab. If you choose to apply for a fee waiver, please make sure to also register for camp; we cannot grant you a fee waiver if you have not yet registered for camp.
Please check back frequently for the latest updates regarding waivers for T-Camp 2020.
I have a question regarding the T-Camp program itself, who do I contact?
Because our Directors are mostly working remotely during camp, the ATC office will only be staffed from 8:30am-12:00pm on Day 1 of each session of camp to answer phone calls. You can call us at (979) 862-1785. After this time on Day 1, every camper will have the contact information of their Discussion Group (DG) leaders to contact with any questions. Campers can email our Director of Registration at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions leading up to, during, and after camp.
I’m registered for Camp, now what?
Once we have received your registration, we will send you a confirmation letter via email. This email will provide detailed instructions of where to go the morning of Camp, what is needed to participate at Camp, Zoom links/passwords, and more. Give us time to submit these confirmation emails as there is a heavy influx of people registering the closer it gets to camp. If you clicked the final submission button, you are in fact registered for camp and should receive an automated email from Texas A&M confirming your form submission. Please don’t worry if it still says pending; because we are a student-run organization, we may have delays in processing registrations.
What is the Camp Cancellation Policy?
Due to COVID-19, we are adapting our program, and this may affect dates on our cancellation policy. Please check back frequently for the latest updates.
Where is Camp located?
Traditionally, Howdy Camp and Transfer Camp are both held at Trinity Pines Conference Center located in Trinity, TX. Due to COVID-19, T-Camp 2020 will be held online via Zoom.
How do I participate in T-Camp?
T-Camp activities will be held over Zoom and all camp resources will be located on eCampus. You will receive more information before your camp session.
How do I log onto eCampus?
You will login to eCampus with your TAMU email address or Net ID at https://ecampus.tamu.edu/
I’m not able to log into eCampus – how can I log in?
Please make sure that you’re using your TAMU email address or Net ID. If you continue to experience issues, please contact Helpdesk at 979-845-8300.
How do I log onto Zoom?
You will login to Zoom with your TAMU email address or Net ID at https://tamu.zoom.us/
I’ve clicked on the Zoom link, but I cannot get into the meeting.
You may have to wait for a few minutes in the waiting room before joining the meeting. If the meeting will not open, check that you are logged into to your TAMU Zoom account. You may already be logged into a different Zoom account. If you still still cannot get into the Zoom meeting, please contact Helpdesk at 979-845-8300.
How do I find the links for the Zoom meetings?
Prior to Camp, you will receive an email containing the information for the Zoom meetings for camp. One email will contain the link to the Meeting and any additional information that we need you to complete. Once we have all of the information and forms we need, we will send a confirmation email that includes the passwords to the Zoom meetings.
How do I know which link to use at which time?
In the days leading up to camp you will receive an email full of information about what to expect. You will be provided a workbook to coincide with your experiences at camp, there will be an itinerary within it. You will also have access to an eCampus portal that will house the schedule, zoom links, and other resources and information.
Who do I contact if I have a technical issue?
If you have a technical issue such as trouble logging into eCampus or Zoom, please call Helpdesk at 979-845-8300.
Do I need to attend every session?
We strongly encourage participants to attend all camp programs; however, we also understand that emergencies may come up. Our schedule has allocated time for breaks between camp programs as well. Missing any portion of camp could mean missing out on learning about various aspects of Texas A&M.
What should I do if I need to miss part of camp?
Please communicate with your Discussion Group (DG) leaders if you have to miss part of camp. You will receive the contact information of your DG leaders on Day 1 of camp.
Can my parents or family members join me in virtual T Camp?
This experience is more tailored to incoming students and so we suggest that you enjoy this time for yourself.
Will I get to see my camp again after T Camp?
Yes! ATC aims to be a support system for you throughout your college experience. One of our values is Continuity, and throughout the fall semester, you will get to interact with your camp and DG at various continuity events that we’ll host.
What should I bring?
All you need to bring is a laptop or preferred technological device, a positive attitude, and the Aggie Spirit!
What does AC Time mean?
AC Time is All Camp time. During these times your Individual Camp will be the other Individual Camp in your session to learn more about Yells, campus resources, and traditions.
What does IC Time mean?
IC Time is Individual Camp Time. All campers are split into “camps” that have a designated theme and color. In your respective camp (color and theme), you will furthermore be divided into Discussion Groups (DGs) and spend time getting to know each other and developing bonds that will last you throughout your college career.
How do I register for Howdy Camp?
Registration for Howdy Camp 2021 will open in the Fall of 2020.
When is Howdy Camp?