Camp UKnight

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Camp UKnight 2016 will take place August 5 – 7 and August 12 – 14.

These pre-orientation sessions are three day, two night sessions that take place in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at Stony Acres Adventure Camp. First-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.

Camp UKnight is designed to help incoming first year and transfer students build an instant and sustainable community of friends to help ease the transition into college life at one of the largest institutions in the country. A large institution like Rutgers can be intimidating, but Camp UKnight helps you to build amazing friendships that will last through your college career and beyond. Also, since Camp UKnight is run by a dedicated group of established Rutgers Student Leaders, you will build a network to jump start your first year on campus!

Camp UKnight also gives you an opportunity to develop your leadership, teamwork, and communication skills before you even arrive on campus as a student. You can build these skills by hiking the natural wonder of Boulder Field, repelling off a 30-foot climbing wall, having fire side 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.

The enrollment fee is only $199 which includes lodging, all meals, all on site activities, branded apparel, and all transportation expenses to and from the camp site.

Don’t take our word for it, below are testimonials from Camp UKnight Alumni:

“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 2018

“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 2017

“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 2017

 

Discovery Program

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The Discovery Program 2016 will take place August 30 – September 1.

The Discovery Program is a three day, two night immersion retreat that will take place just before you arrive for your first days at Rutgers. While the program takes place in various locations both on and off the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus, all participants will be granted early move in. The housing for the dates of the program will be in the local New Brunswick area.

Together with various community partners, The Discovery Program builds new relationships with incoming students while introducing them to the community they will be joining in a whole new way. The program has three track focuses:

  • Community Service – Start With Service
  • Adventure Learning – Start With Adventure
  • Social Justice – Start With Advocacy

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 build an instant and sustainable community of like-minded friends to help ease the transition into college life at one of the largest institutions in the country. The Rutgers community is very large, the 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 $150 which includes lodging, all meals, all on site activities, and all transportation expenses to and from sites.

The Discovery Program is a truly remarkable experience, but, don’t take our word for it, below are testimonials from last year’s participants:

“[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

Camp UKnight FAQ

Who goes to Camp UKnight?

Camp UKnight is open to any new students who will be attending Rutgers in the fall. This includes both first year students and transfer students. There are two camps available.

When and where is Camp UKnight?

Camp UKnight is located at Stony Acres in Marshall’s Creek, Pennsylvania and is scheduled for the following dates:

August 5, 2016-August 7, 2016

August 12, 2016-August 14, 2016

How much does Camp UKnight cost?

The cost of Camp UKnight is $199, which includes all program meals, lodging, activities, branded apparel, and transportation to/from Rutgers University.

Is financial aid available for Camp UKnight?

Financial Assistance is available to those who demonstrate need for financial aid. Please click here to access our Financial Assistance Form where 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 (at least one pair of closed-toe shoes is required)
  • Pillow, twin sheets, blanket, and/or sleeping bag
  • Flashlight
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Travel-sized toiletries, shower-shoes, and bath towel
  • Any prescription medication or inhalers
  • Insect repellent
  • Mini-fan (optional)

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 at camp. 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 July 7, 2016 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 848-932-4091.

Start with Service FAQ

Who goes to Discovery Program?

Discovery Program is open to any new students who will be attending Rutgers in the fall. This includes both first year students and transfer students.

When and where is Discovery Program?

While the program takes place in various locations both on and off the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus, all participants will be housed overnight in a location close to the New Brunswick/Piscataway area. All tracks for the Discovery Program will run concurrently and are scheduled for the following dates:

August 30, 2016 – September 1, 2016

How much does Discovery Program cost?

The cost of Discovery Program is $150, which includes all program meals, lodging, activities, and transportation to/from service sites.

Is financial aid available for Discovery Program?

Financial Assistance is available to those who demonstrate need for financial aid. Please click here to access our Financial Assistance Form where you can apply for scholarships, payment plans, and partial/full fee waivers.

How do I register for Discovery Program?

Register for Discovery Program by clicking here.

Do I need to bring extra money?

All activities and meals are included in the cost of Discovery Program.

What do I bring to Discovery Program?

  • Clothes, underwear, and socks for two days, one night (including active-wear)
  • Sneakers (at least one pair of closed-toe shoes is required)
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Travel-sized toiletries, shower-shoes, and bath towel
  • Any prescription medication or inhalers

What do I not bring to Discovery Program?

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. 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 July 26, 2016 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 848-932-4088.