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Camp UKnight

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Camp UKnight is back for two Summer 2021 sessions taking place on the weekends of August 6-8 (Session 1) and August 13-15 (Session 2)!

Tickets for both Sessions are now available at getinvolved.tix.com! Get yours before they’re sold out!

About Camp UKnight
These pre-orientation sessions are three-day hybrid (virtual and in-person) experiences that take place at Rutgers New Brunswick with off-campus travel for adventure-based activities. Housing for in-person session days will be provided, but are optional.

First-year, rising second-year, and transfer students are invited to come together to build an instant and sustainable community of friends to help ease the transition into college while learning Rutgers traditions and valuable leadership skills that will allow our students to make an immediate impact on the campus community.

A large institution like Rutgers can be intimidating, but Camp UKnight helps students to build amazing friendships that will last through their college career and beyond. Also, since Camp UKnight is run by a dedicated group of established Rutgers Student Leaders, students will build a network to jump-start their first year on campus! Camp UKnight will also help incoming students learn more about the campus layout as many activities will be held on-campus.

Camp UKnight also gives you an opportunity to develop essential leadership, teamwork, and communication skills before students arrive on campus. They can build these skills through ziplining, hiking, a multitude of trust and adventure-based activities, chats with established leaders and professionals, and much more! Camp UKnight helps build the foundations for success and gives you an opportunity to develop the confidence to make an immediate impact on campus.

Tickets for this amazing opportunity are now ON SALE at getinvolved.tix.com. Spots are limited to 30 students each weekend so be sure to purchase your ticket ASAP! The per student cost is $120.00 and includes apparel, giveaways, meals, and transportation while on-site. Housing is NOT provided. If you would like to request housing for an additional cost ($25 per night), please contact us at lead@echo.rutgers.edu.

Students must have received Covid vaccinations two weeks prior to their start of Camp UKnight. For students participating in Session 1 (August 6-8), students must be fully-vaccinated by July 23. For students participating in Session 2 (August 13-15), students must be fully-vaccinated by July 30.


 

“It was something that genuinely affected me in the best way possible, allowing me to not only understand myself better, but others as well. It was literally life changing and is something I’ll never forget.”
– T.S., Class of 2019

“I loved the experience and I met a lot of great friends who I still see around campus everywhere I go. I recommend this to any incoming student to Rutgers.”
– T.R., Class of 2018

“Overall, I had a wonderful time at Camp UKnight and feel blessed that I was able to experience the first Camp UKnight ever. As someone coming to Rutgers knowing absolutely nobody, it certainly made me feel a lot better.”
– C.H., Class of 2018

Discovery Program

DiscoveryProgram2Discovery Program will return in summer 2022.

Participants are able to will explore tracks that expand globally. Together with various community partners, the Discovery Programs builds new relationships with new Rutgers students while introducing them to the University community in a whole new way. The program focuses on four tracks: Service, Social Justice, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship.

The Discovery Program encourages incoming students to be active in their own learning and provides opportunities to develop powerful leadership skills that will be instantly useful both in and out of the classrooms at Rutgers

The Discovery Program is designed to help incoming first-year and transfer students make connections with other like-minded Scarlet Knights. The Rutgers community is very large and this program helps to make it feel more like home by providing opportunities for new friendships with other incoming students and current Rutgers Leaders.

The enrollment fee is only $30 which includes your very own Discovery Starter Kit, access to our online group chat, and opportunities to connect with speakers who are experts in their field.



“This encouraged me to become more engaged in my community because I was able to see the impact I made on people while serving. I made new friends that I still have to this day.”

– V.E., Program Participant

“I started with [this] just because I feel like it’s important to be involved in the community around you. This program stood out to me because it’s an easy way to connect and learn about the community before you even come to Rutgers.”
– N.G., Program Participant

Frequently Asked Questions

Camp UKnight FAQ

Who goes to Camp UKnight?

Camp UKnight is open to any new incoming students who will be attending Rutgers in the fall (including both first year and new transfer students) as well as rising sophomores. There are two camps available. There will be a mix of both first year student and transfers at both sessions.

When and where is Camp UKnight?

Camp UKnight will be taking place on Livingston Campus at Rutgers – New Brunswick. There will be some off-site travel provided through the program. Camp UKnight will have two sessions in August 2021: Session 1 will be August 6th – 8th and Session 2 will be August 13th – 15th.

How much does Camp UKnight cost?

The cost of Camp UKnight is $120, which includes all program meals, activities, branded apparel, and transportation around Rutgers University. Housing is available at an additional $25 per night.

Is financial aid available for Camp UKnight?

Financial Assistance is available to those who demonstrate need for financial aid. You can apply for scholarships, payment plans, and partial/full fee waivers.

How do I register for Camp UKnight?

Register for Camp UKnight by clicking here.

To attend Camp UKnight, do I have to register for the accompanying Orientation session?

No. Although Camp UKnight is a convenient extension to the Orientation sessions that are scheduled before each camp, we encourage students to sign up for whichever Orientation session works best for them. More information regarding New Student Orientation can be found at here.

Do I need to bring extra money?

All activities and meals are included in the cost of Camp UKnight.

What do I bring to camp?

  • Clothes, underwear, and socks for three days, two nights (including active-wear)
  • Sneakers/hiking boots (closed-toe shoes are preferred)
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Any prescription medication or inhalers
  • Insect repellent
  • Mini-fan (optional)
  • For those requesting housing…
    • Pillow, twin sheets, blanket, and/or sleeping bag [for those requesting housing]
    • Travel-sized toiletries, shower-shoes, and bath towel

What do I not bring to camp?

Any items that are extremely important to you or expensive should probably be left at home. Any alcohol, drugs, or weapons of any kind (including pocket knives) are not allowed on-campus. We take this issue very seriously, and if you are caught with any of these items, you will be sent home without a refund and referred to the Rutgers Office of Student Conduct. More information regarding the University Code of Student Conduct can be found at studentconduct.rutgers.edu.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

It is the student’s responsibility to send a cancellation request email to lead@echo.rutgers.edu by August 2, 2021 in order to cancel and receive a full refund. No cancellations will be taken by phone. There will be no refunds issued after this date.

What if I have more questions?

Feel free to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @RutgersUSCA! You can also reach out via email at lead@echo.rutgers.edu or call us at 848-932-4087.

Discovery FAQ

Who goes to Discovery Program?

Discovery Program is open to any new students who will be attending Rutgers prior to their first semester. This includes both first year students and transfer students.

When and where is Discovery Program?

The Discovery Program is currently on hiatus until Summer 2022.

How much does Discovery Program cost?

The cost of Discovery is usually $249, which includes your very own Discovery Starter Kit, early move-in accommodations, lodging, meals, travel, and opportunities to connect with speakers who are experts in their field.

Is financial aid available for Discovery Program?

Financial Assistance is available to those who demonstrate need. Only a limited number of financial aid opportunities are currently available. To inquire, email us at lead@echo.rutgers.edu.

How do I register for Discovery Program?

Registration is currently offline but is usually available through getinvolved.tix.com.

What do I bring to Discovery Program?

  • Laptop is preferred, but any electronic device that will give you access to Discord/Zoom will work
  • Notebook, pen
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Snacks and water

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

It is the student’s responsibility to send a cancellation request email to lead@echo.rutgers.edu two weeks prior to the program start date in order to cancel and receive a full refund. No cancellations will be taken by phone. There will be no refunds issued after this date.

What if I have more questions?

Feel free to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! You can also reach out via email at lead@echo.rutgers.edu or call us at 848-932-4087.