Baby CTY, officially known as CTY Young Students Program, is for students in grades 2 through 6, as opposed to regular CTY, which is for grades 7 and above. Baby CTY uses the STB, SCAT, PLUS, or PSAT tests as opposed to the SAT of regular CTY. There is no corresponding "baby CAA". The term "Baby CTY" is only used for unofficial purposes, but it is not pejorative.
Baby CTY was initially for grades 5 & 6, then expanded down to grades 2 through 4, which is sometimes referred to as "ultra-Baby CTY" or "fetus CTY", and in some very rare cases "infant CTY." Although young students were rare at first, the program has grown to become more common.
Young students are usually on completely separate sites from older students, or at least separate parts of the campus. Unlike at normal CTY, the average Baby CTYer is a day student (commuter) but some grade 5-6 sites are residential. Baby CTY has rules and classes that are different from normal CTY, mainly due to the age difference.
Most Baby CTY sites have few traditions, since the students are mostly there during class hours, with only brief periods for non-academic activities.
The grade 5-6 residential sites have dances and provide an introduction to a couple of CTY Canon and sub-Canon songs, including "Every Time We Touch" by Cascada, "Here (in my arms)" by Hellogoodbye, "Dragostea Din Tei" by Ozone and "Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex. American Pie is the last song at the dances, although the chorus chant is often changed to, "Die, die, die, die! Live, live, live, live!" (for obvious reasons) and some sites omit the chanting altogether.
Starting in 2013 at the Easton site, most campers chanted, "Die, die, die, die, live, live, live, live, sex, sex, sex, sex, more, more, more, more!" At Bristol, the chant goes, "Die, die, die, die, live, live, live, live, fun, fun, fun, fun, more, more, more, more!" On an Olympic day at another site, a team's anthem was to American Pie. They changed the chant for the purpose of the anthem to, "Die, die, die, die! Live, live, live, live! Swag, swag, swag, swag ! More, more, more, more!" Most of the RAs and TAs tried to make the campers change the chant, but they would not change it.
Sweet Caroline was the second-to-last song played at every dance during CHST 13.2, 14.2, 15.2, and probably all the way up to 17.2, its last session. (Can someone confirm that this still happens?) (RA at Chestertown 16.1 can confirm Sweet Caroline is always the second to last song. It's even in our orientation binder!) During Sweet Caroline, the chant goes:
Sweet Caroline... (Campers scream: BA, BA BA!) The times have never been so good (SO GOOD!)
Additionally, at residential sites, Baby CTYers are introduced to traditional card games and activities (ex. The Worst Activity Ever).
Here are some of the early CTYers to go all the way from ultra-baby CTY (2nd-4th grade) to "big kids" or regular CTY. (Note: it might be good to specify which years).
- Adam Roush, Baltimore and Lancaster
- Amelia Orwant, Bristol, Baltimore, Carlisle, Lancaster
- Anouk, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Seattle, Baltimore
- Becca Samuelson, 9 years & 6 sites (no-more year at Lancaster)
- Bharat Ponnaluri, Alexandria, Chestertown, St. Mary's, Carlisle
- Charlie Mallonee - 8 years, St. Paul School (Baby CTY) and Carlisle
- Daniel Delgado, Windward, Cal Lutheran, Los Angeles
- Daniel Luban, Carlisle
- Derek Jang, Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins
- Diana Delgado, Windward, Cal Lutheran, Los Angeles
- Erica Jang, Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins
- Faran "Pegasus" Savitz, Lancaster
- Jacob Gold, Windward, Stanford, California Lutheran, Los Angeles, Lancaster
- Jessica Liu, Los Angeles
- Julie Kim, Alexandria and Carlisle
- Justine Heritage, Lancaster and Carlisle
- Kat Wilkinson, Loudonville and Skidmore
- Kelson Schilling-Scrivo, Carlisle
- Melina Melgoza Windward, Los Angeles, Bethlehem, Princeton
- Mindy Cheng, Lancaster
- Molly Srour, Windward, Cal Lutheran, Los Angeles, Carlisle
- Pauline Ma - 8 years, 7 different sites
- Philip Nathan, Lancaster
- Rachel Larrowe, Lancaster
- Rachel Luban, Carlisle
- Rachel Todd, Lancaster
- Rory Caskey, Carlisle
- Sage Virtanen, Alexandria, Thousand Oaks, South Hadley, Los Angeles
- Stefan Linden, Roger Williams, Saratoga
- Sarah Badenhorst, Alexandria (15.2 & Ultra-baby CTY), Sandy springs (17.2) and online CTY from 2014-2020 excluding 2019
- Susannah Roush ;), Carlisle and Lancaster
- Taylor Liu, Los Angeles
- Wade Burelbach, Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins
- Washington Urbina, Lancaster
- William Golub, Chestertown twice, Johns Hopkins
- Yana Kaplun, Johns Hopkins
- Zev Hurwich, Lancaster
And some of the not-so-early CTYers to go from ultra-baby CTY to regular CTY:
- Andrew Naiman, St. Paul School (ultra-baby CTY) 09.1-13.1, Lancaster 14.1-18.1 (10 YEARS)
- Arenal Haut, Brooklandville 10-14, Carlisle 15.1-18.1 (9 years, 2 sites)
- Ariel Uy, Brooklandville 08-11, Lancaster 13-16 (8 years, 11 sessions, 2 sites)
- Audrey Yao, Pasadena 08-11, Palo Alto 12, Los Angeles 13-14, Lancaster 15-16 (9 years, 4 sites)
- Ciara Donegan, Brooklandville 08.1-12.1, Lancaster 13.1-16.1 (9 years, 2 sites)
- Griffin Robinson, Easton 13.2-14.2 (plus 14.1), Saratoga Springs 15.1-19.1 (7 years but 8 sessions, 2 sites)
- Isaac Moss, Brooklandville 14-15, Carlisle 16.1-19.1 (6 years, 2 sites)
- Kristin Donegan, Brooklandville 08.1-12.1, Lancaster 13.1-16.1 (9 years, 2 sites)
- Q Harris, Sandy Spring 09.2 and 11.1, CTYonline 10.5, Bethlehem 12.1, Chestertown 13.1, Easton 14.1, Baltimore 15.1 (7 years, 5 sites)