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Looking for a fun, educational pre-college program 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!  
Kean’s pre-college summer programs are developed and led by Kean University faculty and held on campus in state-of-the art facilities in Union, New Jersey and on Kean’s newest campus in the New Jersey Highlands. 
Kean also hosts a variety of community summer camp programs for kids of all ages.  For more information on these camps, click on the link on this page.

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

Kean University Pre-College and Summer Youth Programs

Camp Premiere: engages students, grades 6th -8th and high school, in the magic of theater.


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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Golf Camp PAR FORE:  through the sport of golf, fosters positive personal, social and physical development for adolescents at-risk of joining youth gangs.


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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NJ DECA Summer Leadership and Competitive Events Program: prepares high school and college students for successful careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.


NJ DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in high schools and colleges for successful careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. This overnight immersion experience is designed for current and prospective DECA students to learn from industry professionals, participate in mock events and develop new skills through expert leadership training. 

Dates and times Tuesday-Thursday, July 31 to August 2, 2016
Age/Target  Current or Rising NJ High School DECA Students

Jeffrey Victor |

NJCSTM Summer Scholars Research Program: allows high-school students interested in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) careers to participate in dynamic hands-on and group activities.


The NJCSTM Summer Scholars Research Program is a six-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 and 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 20; 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 their 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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Steps to Your Future: college-immersion program open to young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


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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Summer in Environment/Sustainability Science (SESS) Summer Program: provides high school students with a unique opportunity to explore the biodiversity of the New Jersey Highlands.


The Highlands Summer Program in Environmental and Sustainability Science provides high school students with a unique opportunity to explore the biodiversity of the New Jersey Highlands. Participants will explore 47 acres of protected forest and gain practical skills to identify plants and insects, purify water, examine the ecology, and survive in the wild fields of the region’s delicate ecosystem. Two 5-day sessions are available.


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


 Contact: Dongyan Mu | | (908) 737-3737


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Thinking Creatively Design Camp: teens learn from Kean University design faculty and other professionals to develop original design solutions to real-world projects.


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 15-17 years old who are enthusiastic participants interested in advertising design, graphic design, motion graphics, interior design, and/or industrial design.

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

Activities include individual studio projects, a professionally organized design charrette, a field trip to a professional studio and / or design event, and a trip to the National Design Museum in NY.  There will be project critiques, group and team studio projects, and a 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 26, 2016
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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Upward Bound- Kean University: 9th and 10th grade students are invited to apply for the Upward Bound Project where they learn the skills necessary to pursue and attain a bachelor’s degree.


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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Summer Athletics Programs

Kean Elite Girls Volleyball

Department Athletics and Recreation
Dates and times Thursday, July 21- Saturday, July 23 (2 programs) - One day clinic on Sunday, July 24 
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


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 65-0 record in Skyline Conference play over the last four years.

• 2016, 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 Wednesday, July 13 - Friday, July 15, 8am - 7pm
Overnight/Day Overnight and day
Age/Target 14-18 year old boys (8-12 grade)
Cost and Registration  
Contact Charlie Ginex, Head Men's Volleyball Coach
Kean University 1000 Morris
(F] 908-737-0605
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Offense-Defense Football Camp


This camp focuses on teaching and improving basic skills and the fundamentals of football.  Specialty drills are created by our experienced coaching staff that guarantee player skill advancement through creative and motivating coaching. All drills are customized to challenge individual players. This camp caters to beginners, intermediate players and elite high school players preparing for the collegiate game.

Dates Sunday, July 3 -  Wednesday, July 8, 2016
Days/Times Sunday drop off - 7:00 AM  Day Campers pick up - 4:30 PM, Extended Day Campers pick up - 8:30 PM

Monday and Tuesday drop off - 8:30 AM Day Campers pick up - 4:30 PM, Extended Day pick up - 8:30

Wednesday drop off - 8:30 AM  All campers depart by 5:30 PM

Target Ages Ages 7-18

For Information go Offense-defense Sports at and you can register on line. Review details under location page. There is also a downloadable registration form that can be faxed or emailed in
(fax: 843.903.2749, email: Our customer service group can help and answer questions at 843.903.1888.

Contact fax: 843.903.2749, email:, phone: 843.903.1888

Rapid Fire Field Hockey Camp


This camp will focus on teaching and improving basic skills and fundamentals of field hockey. The Camp Director is Kean University's Head Field Hockey Coach Leslie LaFronz. Specialty drills are created by our experienced international coaching staff that guarantee player skill advancement through creative, fun and motivating coaching. All drills will be customized to challenge individual players. This camp caters to beginners, intermediate players and Elite High School players preparing for the collegiate game.

Dates Monday, July 11 - Thursday, July 14, 2016
Times Overnight and or Day Camp
Target Ages 6th Grade - High School

$495 Overnight Camper. $325 Day Camper. Early Bird $485/$310 if received by March 1, 2016. Team Discount $485 if received by April 1, 2016 (for groups of 8 or more)

Summer Lacrosse Camp


La Cross County Camp and Competition


This is a team camp and tournament held on the beautiful campus of Kean University.  Athletes will have use of multiple turf fields, and state of the art athletic facilities. At the end of the week there will be both an all-star and future-star's games.  The camp will focus on enhancing individual play and team concepts. Competitive games will be played daily against varsity level competition.

Dates July 25 - July 28, 2016
Times 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Mon.-Wed.) and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Thurs.)
Target Ages Boys ages 12-19

Registration is available at or contact Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Shelley Sheiner at or call 908-737-0629. The weekly cost is $300 per individual athlete or team registration is available.


Have your Coach or team leader contact Coach Sheiner.; or call 908-737-0629

Additional Summer Camps

AETS International ESL Program


AETS provides summer programs for international teens. Program length is 2, 3 or 4 weeks.  Students live on campus in Kean residence halls, attend morning English classes, practice lessons with afternoon and evening activities, and enjoy excursions to NYC. We provide programming 7 days/week.  AETS provides on-campus staff to plan, operate and supervise the program. Local students have the option of not living on campus. Daily drop off and pick up 7 days/week is required for students living off campus.

Dates July 1 - August 13, 2016. Weekly start dates
Times For students living off campus: drop off 8:45 a.m.; pick up: 10 p.m. daily (7 days/week)
Target Ages Ages 13-17 

The price varies based on length of stay and on- or off-campus accommodations.

Contact For information, please visit or send an email to

Carolyn Dorfman Dance- NJ Summer Dance 2016


Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary dance and the dynamic art, artists and processes of Carolyn Dorfman Dance. Daily classes are offered in modern/contemporary technique, repertory, partnering, Pilates, Body Therapies, and workshops with renowned guest artists. Join our inner circle through daily meetings with the company. The week culminates in a performance featuring all participants and the Carolyn Dorfman Dance company. Students may register for the Pre-Professional/Professional track (video audition required) or the Open Level/Community track.

Dates August 15 through August 19, 2016
Times 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Target Ages Ages 14 and up

Full Registration: $350; Master Class: $30. Merit and need-based scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis. Scholarship application and video audition deadline: June 15, 2016. Register now at


For more information, contact (908) 687-8855 or

Children’s Specialized Hospital Pal’s Paradise Day Program


Pals Paradise is a one-week inclusive day program for children with special Families may register an additional child (sibling or friend) without disabilities to participate.

Activities include cooperative games, crafts, sports, water play, special visitors, and music. Transportation is not provided.

Dates and times

August 8-12, 2016

Drop off: 9:00 a.m.; Pick up: 3:30 p.m.

Target Ages 8-13 years old
Registration Information

Interested families may visit our website to register

iD Tech


iD Tech is the leader in summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education programs for students ages 7-17. At iD Tech programs, students mod with Minecraft, design video games, create mobile apps, code creatively, engineer robots, make movies, and more. They gain hands-on experience, meet new friends, and learn 21st century skills that give them a competitive advantage in school and future careers.

Dates M7/4-7/8, 7/11-7/15, 7/18-7/22, 7/25-7/29, 8/1-8/5, 8/8-8/12 - 2016
Times Check-in: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. / Check-out: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Target Ages 7-17 years old

To register or find more information about iD Tech Camps on campus at Kean University, visit or call 1.888.709.8324.


visit or call 1.888.709.8324

Kid Care Concierge's College for Kids


Less - Kid Care Concierge's College for Kids offers a fun, engaging and academically enriching summer camp experiences for students entering grades 1-8.  Campers have so much fun that they forget they're learning in Kid Care Concierge's College for Kids Summer Camp!

Classes mirror professional and college-level courses, which include Entrepreneurship, Public Speaking, Math, Language Arts and much, much more!  Some students will be a real published author upon completion of camp! Kean affiliation, multiple child and early bird discounts may apply.

Dates and times Before care- 8 am - 9 am.  Morning Session- 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  Afternoon session- 12:30 p.m. -4 p.m. After care 4 p.m. -5 p.m. Supervised lunch period from 12-1
Target Ages Entering grades 1-8

OASIS in Union


at Liberty Hall, Kean University


Oasis in Union is a traditional summer day camp.  Campers have the opportunity to be active, think creatively and make new friendships in a safe environment.  Oasis Day Camp is for children ages 5-11.  Activities include athletics, creative and performing arts, nature exploration, swim instruction, team building and more.  Also offered is Early Start Imagination camp, which was specifically developed to meet the physical, and emotional needs of 3-5 year old pre-K campers.  Oasis is excited to be located on the grounds of Liberty Hall Museum and to use the athletic fields and pool of Kean University.

Dates June 27 - August 19, 2016
Times A.M. Drop-off between 8:30-9 a.m. / P.M. Pick-up between 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Early Drop-off available from 8-8:30 a.m. / Late Pick-up available from 5:30-6 p.m.
Target Ages Ages 3-11
Registration Online enrollment is easy at  You can also email us at or call (718) 596-4900 to request a brochure and enrollment form.
Kean University employees and students receive a 10% discount off of their camp tuition.
Contact or call (718) 596-4900

RLS Summer Media Camp


Technology and fun are the core ideas in which we bring you RLS Media Camp. This summer camp features several distinct courses across varied areas of media interest. All are designed to be project-driven hands-on training that gives students a real experience in the media industry. This program exposes middle school students to media and technology topics including video production/movie making, web design, and photography.

What You'll Learn: 
Video Production / Movie Making

  •  Using video camera
  •  Conceptualizing a project
  •  Storyboarding and shooting
  •  Video editing
  •  Final Cut Pro
  •  Camera and accessory
  •  Equipment usage
  •  Editing video footage


  •  Using photography camera
  •  Discover professional shooting techniques
  •  Editing software
  •  Image touch ups and tricks

Web Design

  •  Building Web Page
  •  Front end development
  •  HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Activity Logging
Dates Monday, July 5 through Thursday, August 11, 2016
Times 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Target Ages Ages 9-14

The cost of this 6-week session (trips included) is $1,040; Early-bird (before May 7) is $990. There is a $45 registration fee (2 Camp T-shirts included). Registration and full details:




The Irish Music and Dance Experience


Studio2Stage is a performance experience for amateur musicians, singers and Irish dancers, who wish to break into the touring show industry. The selected performers from all over the world, work together at Kean University to learn, produce and stage a professional show on the final night which is open to the general public.  Dancers and musicians will witness first hand, life as a professional performer, experience living away from home, making new friends, immersed in nine days of intense rehearsals and watching a full scale show production come to life! Learn about performance production and management, the role of a tour manager and dance captain, what to look for in your first touring contract and much more! We want to pass down the knowledge and experience that we and others working with us have learned over the years assisting amateur performers in getting closer to achieving their dream.

Dates July 23 - July 31, 2016
Times Varies
Target Ages Ages 15 years up

Auditions for studio2stage are ongoing. To apply, visit for the full list of details

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