Group shot of all the 120 campers plus their camp leaders, dressed in matching maroon shirts.
  • Group shot of all the 120 campers plus their camp leaders, dressed in matching maroon shirts.
  • Group shot of a small group with their arms around each other. There are three girls in the front, two with their hands on their knees and one with her arms spread wide open.
  • A chalkboard full of what Dawg Days participants loved about Dawg Days.
  • Students in the water at a beach preparing for the Dawg Days Water Relays.
  • Dawg Days students sitting in a circle, listening to a professor at SIU answer their questions about school.

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Dawg Days Freshman Retreat

Dawg Days Freshman Retreat is a four day and three night retreat for incoming freshman at Southern Illinois University. The retreat takes place on the beautiful grounds at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, an SIU facility located about ten minutes south of Carbondale.

Dawg Days welcomes the freshman class to Southern Illinois with the purpose of giving them an opportunity to have fun, make friends, and learn more about life at Southern Illinois University.

Dawg Days is led by SIU students who are passionate about making the first year of college a success for our incoming freshmen. All of our staff have valuable experience and knowledge to offer, can fill you in on the fun things to do at SIU and can offer great advice about classes and about being successful in those classes. Check out our camp schedule here.

Registration for Dawg Days 2017 is in the works!

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Dawg Days 2017 Sessions

Session 1: August 6th - 9th

Session 2: August 12th - 15th

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