The Best Academic Camps NJ has ever seen!
Beyond the Classroom: What Makes CSS So Great. During the day, we are immersed in academics. But when class is over, there is no homework. We balance the challenging hands-on learning in class with time for relaxation and fun activities. This balance is why we are the best camp the best academic camps NJ has ever seen! To complete the CSS experience, activities are always safe and supervised and allow students from different program tracks to get to know each other outside of class. These team-building activities are designed to build community, strengthen friendships and foster personal growth.
Event Nights and Activities
During free time, students can jump into a game of soccer or frisbee on the quad; go to the recreation center for swimming, court games or working out; or relax with friends, read a book, and play games in the lounges. Sometimes we just enjoy a quiet afternoon break under the umbrellas at the tables near the student center, chatting with friends (see how pretty it is? Here is a picture of the area we are talking about!)
In the evenings, resident advisors (RAs) organize activities that allow all the students and staff to come together and have fun. These activities may include lawn games and spirit wars and also special academic seminars and discussions.
Some nights may feature specialized camp-wide events. From the final social dance on Friday nights, to our Admissions Seminar, we work to make sure the experience is great. We have a lot of fun doing casino night, and we love doing talent shows. If you play guitar, bring it! Some of our kids love to do trivia, some of them like to play massive Risk or other board-game tournaments. Some just like hanging out in their suite, chilling out with their new friends…. these are just some of the reasons why we say that CSS offers the best academic camps NJ has ever seen!
Academic Wednesday: A Trip to NYC
On each Wednesday, we head to NYC for a combination academic and fun day. First, our students travel in supervised groups by major directly to a NYC-based academic destination that speaks to and is part of their studies in their major. Check the NYC Trip page (by clicking below) for any specific detail regarding the destinations as they become released to the public. However, from a vision standpoint, these destinations should serve to enhance and engage our CSS students as they expand their learning to include this real-world component. We are already working with the NYPD to get a special insider tour for the Forensic Science students, for example, a tour that is not normally offered to the public. This is just one of a host of trips we are planning. Join us!
College Admissions Seminar
The point of this seminar is to de-mystify, simplify and prepare for the student for the upcoming college admissions process. Students will meet with members of the CSS Admissions office. We will conduct mock interviews as well as work on specific college entrance essays. We will discuss extra-curricular work, Advance Placement courses and much more. Whether students choose to apply to Centenary or to other schools, this seminar is designed to give students a leg up on navigating the process. Students will create or clarify their own personalized college search plan portfolio focused on their “true identity”. So whether a student is a rising senior (with a unique set of challenges and facing short deadlines) or a rising freshman (with more time to work on their application and extra-curriculars), students will be energized and engaged in the application process.
Led by members of the Admissions Office.
“Centenary Summer Scholars is by far the best camp I have attended in my life. There was a heavy emphasis on meeting people and making friends… the sheer amount of fun I had just hanging around other people was incredible.”
- Michael B., 2013 CSS Student