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The Summer Destination: Camps at Kean University

UNION, NJ - What should you do with the kids this summer? Come to Kean University, Union County’s leading institution of higher education, which offers an outstanding variety of summer camps during the 2010 season. Numerous artistic, academic and athletic programs for grade school, middle school, high school and college-bound students take place on campus during the months of July and August.

A diverse course schedule provides training in Theatre, Playwriting, History, Science, Chamber Music, Visual Art, Musical Theatre, Diplomacy, Public Relations, Language Studies and Sports. These exceptional programs are presented in collaborations with Premiere Stages, Liberty Hall Museum, American String Teachers Association, The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kean, Eldridge Overton Educational Programs, Kean University Athletics as well as working professionals and teaching artists in these fields. Camp sessions are one or two weeks in duration and campus housing is offered for some areas of study. Camps at Kean University include:

PREMIERE STAGES: So You Want to Write a Play… (July 19th through July 30th) For ages 11 - 14. Campers study with professional actors, directors and playwrights in a creative and collaborative environment to develop original plays. Participants learn the elements of playwriting through innovative, active exercises and games that help them translate their creative ideas and impulses into theatrical scripts. This camp session culminates in a public performance of the campers’ original plays. (Contact: Erica Nagel at 908.737.4092 /

PREMIERE STAGES: Taking the Stage (July 26th through August 8th) For ages 15 -18. Students focus on the craft of acting including scene work, audition technique, monologue preparation, movement and voice/speech. All participants work closely with professional actors and directors, as well as guest artists in fields such as stage combat and improvisation. A final performance demonstrates campers’ work. (Contact: Erica Nagel at 908.737.4092 /

LIBERTY HALL MUSEUM: History Day Camp (July 12th through July 16th and August 23rd through August 27th) For ages 8 -12. In a week-long visit to Liberty Hall, children become time travelers and experience the 225 year history of this renowned museum. Junior tour guides share historical crafts, activities and games with new visitors to the museum. At the end of the week, children host their parents at an exhibition and tea party! (Contact: Lorraine Libby Bartone at 908.527.0400 /

CHAMPIONS SCIENCE ADVENTURES DAY CAMP (July 12th through August 6th) For ages 6 – 12. Each week long camp program is filled with fun experiments, individual projects and engaging science. With the largest provider of science enrichment programs in the U.S. with 30 years of experience, children are sure to enjoy an enlightening and unforgettable summer experience. The 2010 topics include “Mystery of the Pharaoh’s Treasure,” “Go Wild,” “Space and Rocketry” and “Gizmo’s Robot Factory.” (Contact: 888.458.1812 or visit

AMERICAN STRING TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION: NJ Chamber Music Institute (July 25th through July 31st and August 1st through August 7th) For ages 12 – 19. Advanced chamber music players or newcomers to the genre work with top performers and instructors to develop chamber music performance skills. Master classes, instrumental workshops, special reading sessions, free elective courses, and presentations by leading string educators and performing artists comprise this exceptional camp. Guest artists (Daedalus Quartet, Kean Concert Artist Ensemble, JACK Quartet and the Jade Trio) perform for students and the general public in Kean University’s stunning new concert venue, The Eugene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall. Each session concludes with student ensemble performances. Housing in Kean University’s brand new student residence halls gives participants a taste of college life during the warm summer months! (Contact: Christopher Kenniff at 908.656.1548 /

ROBERT BUSCH SCHOOL of DESIGN at KEAN UNIVERSITY: Design Camp (July 7th through July 30th) For ages 15 to 18. Campers learn creative design through exercises and projects with Kean design faculty, and visiting professional designers, and art directors. A collaborative environment develops original design solutions to real world assignments, expanding creative thinking. Campers’ work may be displayed on the Thinking Creatively Design Camp website and at the final exhibit day. (Contact: Rose Gonnella at 908.737.4432 /

KEAN’S SUMMER MUSICAL THEATRE INSTITUTE (July 12th through 23rd) For ages 14 – 19. The institute provides classes in voice, movement, acting and improvisation taught by distinguished Kean University Faculty and alumni. Campers participate in daily private instruction in singing based on a healthy, pedagogically sound vocal technique, daily coaching in the musical theatre repertoire and private classroom monologue study. The session culminates with a musical review that demonstrates the exciting collaboration among participants, faculty and alumni. An overnight option exists for this camp. (Contact: Hope Hudson at 917.941.1721 /

ELDRIDGE OVERTON EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: The Debate Team (July 5th through 16th for 8 – 10 year olds and July 19th through 30th for 11 – 13 year olds) Public speaking techniques and debate skill strategies build student confidence in this 10 session course. Students participate in mock trials and learn to prepare speeches. Through this program, future district attorneys will be prepared to argue cases before the Supreme Court! (Contact: Natasha Eldridge at 908.595.2106 /

ELDRIDGE OVERTON EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: Model United Nations and Advanced Geography (July 5th through 16th for 8 – 10 year olds and July 19th through 30th for 11 – 13 year olds) Whether nations are trying to save whales, track the spread of disease or care for refugees, they present their concerns to the United Nations as a step toward international cooperation. In this course, students learn the structure, authority and processes the U.N. employs to address global issues. Assuming the role of ambassadors, students hone their writing, speaking and critical thinking skills as they develop the art of compromise, negotiate resolutions, practice parliamentary procedure and build coalitions to represent their nation’s best interests. (Contact: Natasha Eldridge at 908.595.2106 /

THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUMMER CAMP at KEAN UNIVERSITY (July 18th through August 14th with a two, three or four week option) For ages 13 – 17. Young learners from around the world get the opportunity to improve their English language skills. Students experience a variety of cultural, social, and academic activities to maximize their awareness of the American culture. The ISSCKU provides speakers of English as a second language opportunities to improve their oral and written communication skills. (Contact: Lilliam Hodge Banner at 908.737.0350 / /

KEAN COUGAR ELITE VOLLEYBALL CAMP (July 25th through 28th) For girls ages 14 – 18. The Cougar Elite Volleyball Camp is a high intensity training experience for the competitive volleyball athlete. Our Camp trains players in all volleyball skills, tactics, and strategies. A high level of detail is demanded of Kean’s college athletes, and the same expectation is employed in the summer camp, preparing participants for a successful high school season. An overnight option exists for this camp. (Contact: Don Perkins at 908.737.0609 /

JUST DO IT NOW! SUMMER BASEBALL CAMP (July and August, dates to be announced) For ages 8 – 18. America’s great past-time is passed on to the latest athletes in this sports camp. Participants enjoy lessons in pitching, catching, hitting and statistical comprehension. Campers practice and play on Kean’s excellent sports fields and gymnasiums. (Contact: Neil M. Ioviero at 908.737.0614 /

LACROSSE COUNTY CAMP AND COMPETITION (August 2nd through August 5th) For boys ages 13 – 18. Campers receive detailed Lacrosse Instruction, including rules and tactics of the sport. Their skills on the field are honed in regular Game Competitions. (Contact: Shelley Sheiner at 908.737.0629 /

Camp fees range from $295 to $1,300 and reservations or auditions are required for all camps. For further information on the camps and the enrollment process, please contact the individual camp coordinators or visit