Rutgers University Offers Summer Programs To Keep Young Minds and Bodies Active

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Want your children and teenagers to do more than play video games during their summer break? There’ still time to enroll them in a summer program at Rutgers University in Newark that can open their minds to new knowledge or sharpen their athletic skills. Programs are open to boys and girls, and depending on the activity, are available for youngsters as young as six and as old as rising high school seniors.

Engaging the mind is the goal of three free summer offerings:

  • AIM HIGH ACADEMY, a summer earth ecology program.  Accepting high-achieving, low-income and/or first generation college-bound rising high school seniors from across New Jersey.  Program begins July 8 and ends July 26. For more information call 973-353-3570 or email:  For applications: .
  • GEOSCIENCE SUMMER SCHOLARS, open to all rising 9th and 10th graders from Newark, Kearny, and Orange. Program begins July 8and ends on Aug. For more information contact Mike Kalczynski, 973-353-5100.
  • RUTGERS-MERCK SUMMER BIOETHICS INSTITUTE, July 7-July 13, which introduces area high school students to some of the most important issues in bioethics confronting contemporary society. Each daily session consists of lectures by science and philosophy professors, a critical thinking and writing workshop, and an interactive discussion of a case study or problem in bioethics.  Enrollment is limited and free; students must compete for admission; deadline June 21. Apply at

Engaging the body is the goal of both the Scarlet Raiders Basketball Camp and the Summer Youth Racquet Camp.  The camps, offered at the Golden Dome Athletic Center through the Rutgers-Newark Athletics Department, utilize the Dome’s swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court and gymnasium.

The athletics camps are in the Golden Dome Athletic Center, University Avenue and Warren Street, Newark.