SummerRetreats

Discovery Program

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Discovery Program 2020 is a two day immersive experience taking place on Tuesday, August 25th and Wednesday, August 26th. While the program takes place virtually, all participants 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: ServiceSocial JusticeSustainability, 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

Camp UKnight

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In response to the University’s operating status, all Rutgers-affiliated programs are suspended until August 14th, 2020. Therefore, Camp UKnight is currently suspended. Please continue to monitor this website for any updates. For the latest COVID-19 information visit coronavirus.rutgers.edu.

About Camp UKnight

These pre-orientation sessions are three day, two night experiences 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.

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 also gives you an opportunity to develop essential leadership, teamwork, and communication skills before students arrive on campus. They 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.


 

“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

Frequently Asked Questions

Discovery 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?

The Discovery Program 2020 will take place, Tuesday, August 25th through Wednesday, August 26th. This program will take place virtually using Zoom and Discord, so access to an electronic device will be necessary to participate.

How much does Discovery Program cost?

The cost of Discovery is $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.

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?

Register for Discovery Program by clicking here.

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 by August 17th, 2020 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.

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. There will be a mix of both first year student and transfers at both sessions.

When and where is Camp UKnight?

Camp UKnight is located at Stony Acres in Marshall’s Creek, Pennsylvania.The dates for Summer 2019 are Session ONE from August 2-4 and Session TWO from August 9-11.

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. 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 12, 2019 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 848-932-4089.