Reunions/Camp Cate

Camp Cate 2017

Become a Reunion Chair

Each class has a handful of Reunion Chairs that are put in place the year preceeding the class reunion. Reunion Chairs have many of the same responsibilities as Class Agents, but with the added duties of working with the Advancement Office to plan reunion activities and communicate with the class about the upcoming reunion. This can be an especially rewarding opportunity, as the year-long effort culminates at Camp Cate, Cate’s alumni reunion weekend!

Camp Cate 2017

By registering below for the Full Weekend Pass (2 nights acommodations) or Single Night Pass(1 night accommodations), you are assigned a dorm room on campus. The cost of the pass includes the room. Please let us know if you do not plan to stay on campus. The cost is the same as we encourage alumni and families to stay in the dorms.

For those celebrating their 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th, 70th, 75th, and 80th reunions, there is a separate cost for Saturday night’s class reunion dinners at Mesa House ($95.00 per person) if you do not intend to stay in the dorms or participate in Saturday morning and/or afternoon activities.

Full Weekend Pass: 2 nights accommodations on campus, all meals, and activities Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Single Night Pass: 1 night accommodations on campus, Saturday and Sunday meals only, and activities on Saturday and Sunday only.

50th – 80th Reunion Saturday Evening Pass: Headmaster’s Sunset Reception at ’85 House, Reunion Dinner at Mesa House, and Dessert & Dancing on Saturday.

Junior Camp Cate: Children ages 4-12 (free) are welcome to participate in Junior Camp Cate! Junior Camp Cate runs from 5:30-9:00pm on Friday and 9:30am -2:30pm on Saturday. Activities include a scavenger hunt, arts & crafts, hike, and other games. It is recommended that children 13 & older refer to the general Camp Cate Schedule for activities.

Children under 4 are welcome to attend Camp Cate, but can not participate in Junior Camp Cate. A babysitting list for Friday and Saturday evening will be made available on April 15, 2017. Please contact Andrew MacDonnell at for more information.

Also available for your use:

  • The E.L. Wiegand Community Center: Always open. Enjoy board games, ping pong, foosball, a pool table, and television.
  • Emmett-Horowitz Aquatic Center: Open from 7:00am-5:00pm. There is no lifeguard, to be able to swim at least three people must be in the pool area. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Athletic Facilities: Open from 7:00am-5:00pm. Check out sports equipment from CCHQ and join a game of basketball, tennis, or squash.
  • McBean Library: Open from 10:00am-5:00pm. Check out Cate’s library or use the computers to access the Internet. Newspapers are available in the McIntosh Room.


11:00am–8:00pm Registration

11:00–5:00pm Blue Ewe Sales (New Student Store)

(The Blue Ewe)

Stop by the Blue Ewe and stock up on your Cate gear! The Blue Ewe is located below High House/Lido facing west towards Long House.

12:00–1:30pm Lunch Buffet

(Raymond Commons)

3:00–5:00pm Cate Open Archives

(McBean Library Archive Room)

Join Betty Woodworth and Archivist Ginger Williams in the archives as they answer your questions and reminisce about Cate. Come and share tales of your time at Cate.

5:30–9:00pm Junior Camp Cate Dinner & Movie

See Saturday schedule below for extended Jr. Camp Cate activities. Children are welcome to visit Mesa House prior to the Reception Honoring Cate Faculty for a taco dinner! Campers will connect with staff counselors at this time. At 6:00pm, counselors will walk campers (ages 4-12) to the Hitchcock Theater for a movie and snacks, followed by s’mores! Parents must coordinate pick-up at the McIntosh Room by 9:00pm or schedule a babysitter by this time. The adult reception at Mesa House typically runs from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, so there will be time for parents to check-in with their kids after the event. A list of babysitters will be available on April 15, 2017. For questions, contact Andrew MacDonnell at

5:30–7:30pm Camp Cate Kick-Off Party 

(Mesa House)

Celebrate your return to the Mesa with your classmates and members of the outstanding Cate School faculty. Enjoy a bounty of hors d’oeuvres, beer/wine, and fresh local tacos! Classes organizing their own off-campus dinners on Friday should plan for 8:00pm reservations.

9:00pm–11:30pm Evening Gatherings

(E. L. Wiegand Community Center, Johnson Library, & McIntosh Room)

Join us for a lively evening in the Wiegand Community Center. There will be food from local Cate-favorite Rusty’s Pizza, drinks, and music for a fun opening night of Camp Cate. For quieter venues to converse with classmates, join us for afterglow in the Johnson Library and McIntosh Rooms. A list of babysitters will be available on April 15, 2017. For questions, contact Andrew MacDonnell at

9:00am–6:00pm Registration

8:00–9:30am Breakfast Buffet

(Raymond Commons)

All Day Frisbee Golf

(Meet in the McIntosh Room)

Pick up a Frisbee and a course map in the McIntosh Room anytime during the day and enjoy a round of Frisbee golf.

8:30–9:30am 34th Annual Mesa Race

(2.5 miles, starts from Day Walkway in front of the McBean Library)

Lace up your running shoes for a refreshing run around the Mesa! Race t-shirts will be given to all participants, as well as a prize for both the male and female winners. Runners, walker, and children welcome.

9:00–5:00pm Blue Ewe Sales (New Student Store)

(The Blue Ewe)

Stop by the Blue Ewe and stock up on your Cate gear! The Blue Ewe is located below High House/Lido facing west towards Long House.

9:00-10:00am Mesa Tours 

(Class of 1985 House Admission Building)

Join members of Cate’s Student Alumni Association for a full tour of the campus. The tours will leave from the new admission building at 9:00am.

9:30am – 2:30pm Junior Camp Cate

(Meet in Raymond Commons at 9:30am)

Children ages 4-12 are welcome to join our Junior Camp Cate counselors for a fun-filled day of activities on the Mesa. Parents should arrive at Raymond Commons at 9:30am. Children will be placed in groups by age. Each group will participate in activities such as arts & crafts, climbing wall, lunch, and a Mesa-wide scavenger hunt. After lunch, campers will have the opportunity to choose between the scavenger hunt or the attending the backcountry hike with their parents. Drop-off and pick-up in Raymond Commons. Parents should plan on scheduling a babysitter outside of the Junior Camp Cate times (9:30am – 2:30pm). Please indicate the number of children attending on your online registration. A list of babysitters will be available on April 15, 2017. For questions, contact Andrew MacDonnell at

10:00am–12:00pm Climbing Wall with Cate’s Outdoors Program 

(Climbing Wall)

Join Outdoor Program Director Paul Denison ’79 as you scale obstacles and attempt the climbing walls. No experience necessary. Children under 12 must be with an adult or with Junior Camp Cate counselors.

10:30–11:30am Headmaster’s Hour 

(Johnson Library)

Join Headmaster Benjamin D. Williams IV in a conversation about the state of the School. You will hear an admission and college update, and plans for Cate’s future. Learn how you can be involved in the Alumni Leadership Council’s latest endeavors and help create future programming. Nominations for Distinguished Alumni welcome. All alumni are welcome. Come share your ideas.

12:00–1:30pm Lunch 

(Kirby Quadrangle)

Join your classmates for lunch on the Kirby Quad and take in this beautiful outdoor space. If you are interested in performing music during lunch, please contact Andrew MacDonnell at

1:00pm–2:30pm Backcountry Hike

(Meet at the Kirby Quadrangle)

Enjoy a 90-minute mildly strenuous hike up to Bee Camp led by Outdoor Program Director, Peter Bonning. Please wear sneakers/hiking boots and long pants. Water bottles will be available prior to the hike in the McIntosh Room. Suggested age is 7 years or older. Hiking without a Cate School certified guide is strictly prohibited.

2:00–3:30pm Alumni Tennis Matches 

(Tennis Center)

Join your fellow alumni for this Camp Cate classic. All levels are welcome, as well as spouses and guests.

2:00–3:30pm Alumni Basketball & Squash Games

(Sprague Gymnasium and Fleischmann Gymnasium)

Basketballs, squash racquets, and balls will be available for pick-up games in the gyms. Squash players are required to wear proper eyewear.

3:00–4:00pm Twelve-Step Meeting

(Schoolhouse 1)

Everyone is welcome to attend this Twelve-Step Meeting.

4:00–4:30pm Memorial Service for Alumni and Faculty

(Katharine Thayer Cate Memorial Chapel)

We encourage alumni and friends to remember and remark on schoolmates and faculty who have passed away in the last year.

5:00–6:00pm Kids’ Dinner

(Raymond Commons)

Pick up a boxed, kid-friendly meal in the dining hall.

5:00-6:00pm Headmaster’s Sunset Reception

(Class of 1985 House Admission Building)

Headmaster Benjamin D. Williams IV invites all reunion classes, from ’37 to ’12, to join him at the new admission building for appetizers while enjoying the splendor of the setting sun on the Mesa. This is a chance for all classes to mingle and exchange Cate experiences prior to reunion dinners.

6:30–8:30pm Reunion Dinner

(Various Locations)

Join your classmates for dinner at Mesa House (1937-1967). Thayer Peck Field / Nelson D. Jones Stables (1972-2012). Your class photo will be taken at this event, so please be on time. This event is for adult guests only, please. A list of babysitters will be available on April 15, 2017. For questions, contact Andrew MacDonnell at

8:30–10:00pm Reunion Dessert and Dance

(Thayer Peck Field & Nelson D. Jones Stables Courtyard)

Enjoy the company of your classmates and reminisce as you enjoy dessert and dancing under the night sky. This event is for adult guests only, please.

11:00pm Dodgeball

(Fleischmann Gymnasium)

2’s versus 7’s in this late night version of the classic school game. Proper footwear and enthusiasm required. All alumni and friends are welcome.

8:00–10:30am Brunch Buffet

(Raymond Commons)

8:00–11:00am Blue Ewe Sales (New Student Store)

(The Blue Ewe)

Stop by the Blue Ewe and stock up on your Cate gear! The Blue Ewe is located below High House/Lido facing west towards Long House.

11:00am Dorm Check-out

Please be considerate of check-out time as cleaning is scheduled to begin at 11:00am.