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Summer Camps 2016



Looking for a fun, educational pre-college program or summer camp in New Jersey for your teenager? Kean summer programs are the answer. Summer at Kean is a great way to keep kids engaged and learning through the summer months. Kean University offers a wide range of pre-college and summer camp programs for all interests: athletics, science, performance arts... and much more!  

All of our exceptional summer camps are run by Kean University departments, taught by working professionals who are leaders in their field, and backed by Kean’s world-class faculty and facilities.  


Enrollment is limited and advanced registration is required so register today!


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NJCSTM Summer Scholars Research Program

Description The NJCSTM Summer Scholars Research Program is a 6-week, hands-on research experience aimed at attracting and developing talented students who are interested in pursuing an education in science or engineering. Upon entering the program students will be divided into small research teams that are paired with a faculty mentor conducting actual scientific research. Students will learn how to conduct basic and applied research in Analytical and Medicinal Chemistry in Modern Drug Discovery, Astrophysics of New Planetary Systems, Computational Biology of the Human Genome and the Biology of Chemokine Receptor Signaling in Human Glioblastoma. The program will enable students to develop a true appreciation of the scientific research process while contributing first hand to the acquisition of new scientific knowledge. Students will engage in weekly meetings with faculty and team members to solve problems and discuss results, novel ideas and the latest scientific literature.
Dates and times July 5 - August 11, 2016
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target 11th & 12th grade high school students and entering 1st year Kean University undergraduates students
Cost and Registration

Registration opens March 1; application deadline is April 1; acceptance notifications by May 1

To apply students must:
1. Complete the SSRP application form, which can be obtained online at:
2. Ask a science or mathematics teacher to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf
3. Write a letter of interest (no more than 2 pages in length) explaining the following:
a. What field of science or math do you wish to study in college?
b. Why are you interested in participating in the summer research program?
c. What do you expect to gain from participating in the program?

Contact Judy April
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Thinking Creatively Design Camp


The Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University is acceptingapplications for the Thinking Creatively Pre-College Design Camp Program, a four-week design experience for students ages 15-17 years old — enthusiastic participants interested in advertising design, graphic design, motion graphics, interior design, and/or industrial design.

Participants work with the Kean design faculty, visiting professional designers and art directors in a fun, creative and collaborative environment to develop original design solutions to real world assignments and to expand creative thinking.

Activities include individual studio projects, a professionally organized design charrette, a field trip to a professional studio and / or design event, a trip to the National Design Museum in NY, critiques, group and team studio projects, final portfolio exhibition and reception.

Participants will learn the foundations of creative design through innovative, active exercises and projects. They’ll also get a chance to see their work displayed in an exhibition and virtually on the Thinking Creatively Design Program Facebook page.

Department Robert Busch School of Design
Dates and times July 5 - July 30, 2015
Monday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target Ages 15-17
Cost and Registration

The cost for the standard option for participating campers is $950. Students who are already registered as incoming freshman for the Fall 2016 semester at Kean have the option of taking the program for college credit (3 credits) for an additional fee.

Contact Robert Busch School of Design
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Summer in Environment/Sustainability Science (SESS)  
Summer Program


The Highlands Summer Program in Environment/Sustainability Science 2016 provides high school students with a unique opportunity to explore the astonishing biodiversity in the New Jersey Highlands. This one-week program will stimulate interest in earth science, increase experimental and science skills, and prepare students for college study. Activities associated with the program include lectures, discussions, readings, field/lab work, and group presentations.


School of Environmental and Sustainability Science

Dates and Times

Session I: July 11- July 15
Session II: July 18 – July 22 


No Overnight stay. Students must have their own transportation.


Age 16-19

Cost and Registration

To be announced


Call: (908) 737-3737, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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Facebook page: Kean U. Highlands Program

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Upward Bound- Kean University


Kean University's College of Natural Applied and Health Sciences offers an intensive Saturday and summer six week residential program for students beginning in the 9th grade. The Upward Bound Project is one of the eight Federal TRIO Programs designed to identify and provide students from low income families and/or families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree, with the skills and motivation necessary to pursue and attain a baccalaureate degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete high school, enroll and graduate from college in four years

The purpose of the program is to provide the skills and motivation necessary to enroll and graduate from college in a 4 year time frame, upon high school graduation.

Program activities will be held on the Kean University campus located in Union, NJ and the target high schools. The academic component is held during the months of September-May. The summer residential component will be held during the months of June -August.

The academic year and Saturday classes will include courses in math, science, science labs, foreign language, literature, corporate mentoring, and STEM research with university faculty, tutoring, test preparation and financial literacy. Participants are provided college/university tours, parent/student financial aid workshops, career workshops and cultural enrichment activities, along with group, individual and career counseling. Assistance with the college application process including college and SAT fee waivers are available for eligible participants.

Classes are taught by Kean University administration, faculty, professional staff, and professionals from the public and corporate sector. Students participate in the program until they graduate from high school.

Dates and times There are 24 Saturdays during the academic year and a six week residential component during the summer.There are 24 Saturdays during the academic year and a six week residential component during the summer.There are 24 Saturdays during the academic year and a six week residential component during the summer.
Overnight/Day Day/Overnight
Age/Target Eligible students are 9th and 10th graders who attend public schools in East Orange, and Elizabeth, New Jersey. Each student must be enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum. Participants must have an academic need and meet the Federal TRIO Program guidelines.
Cost and Registration

Program tuition is supported by the US Department of Education, Kean University and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Applications are with the target high school guidance counselors or you may contact the program office to request an Upward Bound application.

Completed applications will be reviewed by the Upward Bound Admissions Committee. Applicants that are recommended by the Upward Bound Admissions Committee will be contacted for a personal interview with their parent (s) or legal guardian. The applicant will be notified in writing of their admission status three weeks after the interview.

Accepted participants and their parents and/or primary care giver must attend a mandatory orientation to understand the expectations and requirements of the program. Completed applications must be received on or before October 1 of each year.


Veronica Jackson, Program Director
908 737-3618


Bryan J. Spears, Program Counselor
908 737-3619

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Steps to Your Future


Steps to Your Future is a five-day and optional two-night camp for teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are interested in getting a glimpse into the college experience. Campers will participate in immersion activities that are key to transitioning to life as a college student. These activities will include the experience of eating meals in the campus dining hall, navigating a college campus, attending a college class, completing their own laundry, preparing meals, and participating in on-campus activities and events. Campers will also have the opportunity stay in the dorms at Kean for two nights (on days three and four) to learn what it is like to be away from home and live with a roommate. The program will be supervised by students and faculty from the departments of Occupational Therapy, Special Education, and Therapeutic Recreation. Kean students will also attend the program as mentors to provide campers the opportunity to learn from and socialize with peers their own age who are already in college. Campers will also meet and socialize with other campers who are also interested in attending college someday.

Department Kean University Occupational Therapy Community Cares Clinic
Dates and times

Monday, July 25th-Friday, July 29th, 2016 
8:30am-6:00PM (Monday-Wednesday), optional additional overnight option on Thursday/Friday pick up Friday 12:00pm   

Overnight/Day Day/Overnight
Age/Target Students with autism between the ages of 14 and 21
Cost and Registration $400 for Monday-Wednesday 
$500 for Monday-Friday, including the two overnights 
Contact Geraldine Pagaoa-Cruz
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Golf Camp PAR FORE:
(Perseverance, Accountability, Resiliency, Fellowship, Opportunity, Respect, Empowerment) Free

Description FREE six week, intergenerational mentoring program that utilizes therapeutic principles inherent in the sport of golf to foster positive personal, social, and physical growth and development for adolescents who are at-risk of joining youth gangs. PAR FORE NJ housed in Kean University's Department of Occupational Therapy is one of three current chapters. Within this program, youth engage in a variety of group and individual sessions facilitated by graduate occupational therapy students, under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist. The PAR FORE program objectives include, but are not limited to: empowering at risk youths to develop a sense of self and resilience, develop respect for self, family and community members, and develop a moral and ethical character, pride, and virtues. Each youth is paired with a Kean University student as a mentor. Youth are taught the game of golf as way to further promote responsibility, accountability and proper etiquette
Department Kean University Occupational Therapy Community Cares Clinic, Kean University Department of Occupational Therapy
Dates and times June 27, 2016 –August 4, 2016 (program will be on Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-4pm for 6 weeks)
Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target Youth ages 11 to 17 from Newark and neighboring communities who are at risk for gang membership.
Cost and Registration FREE
Contact Dr. Jennifer Gardner

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Kean Elite Girls Volleyball Camp

Department Athletics and Recreation
Dates and times July 22-26 (2 programs)
9 am-9 pm for 3 days
Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target Ages 15-18
Cost and Registration  
Contact Don Perkins
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Kean Boys Volleyball Camp


Kean Men's Volleyball has built a proven tradition of excellence faster than any program in the history of D-III Men's Volleyball. We have built this tradition of excellence on the court with four straight trips to the NCAA D-III "Elite 8" & a 62-2 record in Skyline Conference play over the last four years.

• 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, Conference Champions
• Four AVCA All-Americans
• Three AVCA National Player of the Week selections
• Four Conference Player of the Year Selections
• 19 All Conference Honorees
• 15 Academic All-Conference Honorees

At Kean we take this TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE and pass it on to our campers, so that they can experience similar philosophies & training methods in order to help develop their individual skills. In addition to fundamental instruction, campers will be exposed to game situations and strategies during Match style competition. Our goal is to challenge our campers and promote individual improvement that will lead to success, on and off the court.

The Kean Volleyball Camp will take place in the beautiful, modern, air-conditioned Harwood Arena, & will be staffed by award-winning expert coaches and athletic trainers.
This camp is open to overnight & day campers. All campers will receive seven sessions of instruction on advanced volleyball skills as well as classroom Breakout sessions.

We take the time to get to know you so we can bring the best out of you on the court. My assistant coaches and I are in the gym along with current Kean team members as well as local and national College and Club coaches to make sure you are getting the best instruction possible.

Department Athletics
Dates and times July 10, 10am - July 12, 4pm
Overnight/Day Overnight and day
Age/Target 14-18 year old boys (8-12 grade)
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Contact Charlie Ginex, Head Men's Volleyball Coach
Kean University 1000 Morris
(F] 908-737-0605
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Camp Premiere

Description Students enrolled in Camp Premiere: Session I (Grades 6 — 8) learn the elements of acting and play development through innovative, active exercises and games that help them translate their creative ideas and impulses into fully conceptualized and mountable original performances for the stage. Working with professional actors, directors and playwrights in a fun, creative and collaborative environment, campers develop and star in their own play.

Students enrolled in Camp Premiere: Session II (Grades 9 — 12) focus on the craft of acting, including scene work, audition technique, monologue preparation, movement and voice/speech. Students all have the chance to work closely with professional actors and directors, as well as guest artists in fields such as stage combat, casting and improvisation. Campers perform monologues as well as scenes from original plays that have been developed through the Premiere Stages Play Festival.

Both camp sessions culminate in a public performance of the students' work, followed by a certificate presentation and a reception for the participants.

Department Premiere Stages
Dates and times July 18 - 29, 2016 (Session I) & July 25 - August 5, 2016 (Session II);
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Overnight/Day Day camp
Age/Target Grades 6 - 8 (Session I) & Grades 9 - 12 (Session II)
Cost and Registration Tuition is $295, and limited scholarships are available. A $25 deposit is required for enrollment, and serves as your initial tuition payment. Register online at  

Christine Scarfuto


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