Frequently Asked Questions

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
FACULTY & STAFF
SCHEDULE & FACILITIES
APPLICATION, TUITION & FEES
POLICIES
QUESTIONS & FEEDBACK

 


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Are the two sessions of Kids Create the same in terms of curriculum and activities?
Each week’s offerings are unique, so children may participate in one or both weeks. The overall structure of Camp weeks will remain the same.  However, the projects and activities will vary significantly from week to week.

How many students typically participate in Kids Create?
Last year we enrolled 50-60 children per session.

Are children auditioned to be a part of Kids Create?
No.  Simply register and we will place children according to age into appropriate groups for instruction. All parents must fill out the Participant Questionnaire after registering for Kids Create! The Participant Questionnaire can be found here.

How are students assessed to provide for proper ensemble in classes?
Students are grouped into classes by age, not ability.  Our expert faculty is adept at providing needed challenge to gifted students while making all feel comfortable and successful.

May parents observe instruction?
Non-camp participants are not allowed to be present during instructional or other non-public events.  Safety considerations mandate that the Extension Division keep strict boundaries between the public and campus events involving the instruction of minors… even if the adult attending is a parent of a student.

Are there opportunities for family & friends to observe Kids Create?
Yes, each session ends in a performance for family & friends in Shindell Choral Hall at Robert E. Mortensen Hall (free parking in lots nearby).  Come one, come all!

 

FACULTY & STAFF

How are instructors selected?
Faculty members are selected based on their outstanding accomplishment as educators and/or performers, and their demonstrated ability to work effectively with pre-college students.  We do favor Mason Gross faculty, as well as teaching artists who have a strong connection to Mason Gross School of the Arts (i.e. alumni).

Classes are taught by professional musicians and artists from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and area arts organizations. Faculty listed below are from summer 2017,  summer 2018 faculty announcements coming soon!

  • Daniel Swern, director of coLab Arts, and highly regarded director/producer and acting instructor.
  • Erika Jade Cintron, Assistant Director of the Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory
  • Rebekah Sterlacci, Artistic Director Rutgers Children’s Choir & Scarlet Singers
  • Megan Suozzo, Conductor, Choirsters and Chamber Singers divisions of the Rutgers Children’s Choir & Scarlet Singers
  • Gabriella Meiterman Rodriguez, Mason Gross School of the Arts EdM and creative dance instructor.
  • Melissa Denholtz, Coordinator and instructor of the Extension Division’s Creative Movement at East Brunswick’s After School Kids program.
  • Brian Buler, David Torres, Anna Palaski, and Jeanna Dressell; Rutgers MFA Alumni and Extension Division ART-Haus Academy visual arts instructors.

How do you manage to work with so many children?
We hire counselors with appropriate training and experience to maintain order and provide optimal levels of supervision for the entire period of time that students are on campus.  We also engage teaching assistants to aid instructors in working with groups of students.

How are counselors and teaching assistants selected?
Counselors and teaching assistants are typically invited members of our staff.  They often times are instructors or staff of the Extension Division throughout the year.  Thus, we know them to be trustworthy, reliable, and familiar with policies and expectations.  All counselors undergo interviews and Kids Create-specific training.

 

SCHEDULE & FACILITIES

Is a schedule of activities available?
Yes.  Our schedule can be found here.

Do children select activities to participate in?
No.  All children participate in all activities.

Where are camp activities held?
All morning camp activities are held at the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University in the Nicholas Music Center Dance Studios. Click here for building location and directions.

Afternoon visual arts activities are held in the Civic Square Building, home to the Mason Gross School of the Arts Visual Arts Department. Click here for building location and directions.

How do students travel from the Nicholas Music Center to the Civic Square Building?
We ALL (faculty, staff & kids) take the free campus bus!

Where do I drop off and pick up my child each day?
Student drop-off and pick-up is at Bettenbender Circle at the Nicholas Music Center, Mason Gross School of the Arts.

What time and where should participants plan to arrive on campus each day?
8:45 a.m. at Bettenbender Plaza, Nicholas Music Center.  Classes start at 9 a.m.

What time and where should participants plan to depart campus each day?
4:30 p.m. at Bettenbender Plaza, Nicholas Music Center.

Are college classes in session during Kids Create?
No.

Are meals included in tuition?
No.  We do include a snack during the afternoon sessions. This typically includes pretzels, cheese sticks and water, or something similar.  Students may bring their own snacks if parents wish.

APPLICATION, TUITION & FEES

When does registration begin? 
December 15, 2017

How do I register for Kids Create?
Please find more information on registration here.

Can I register over the phone? 
No.  We only accept registrations online.

How do I pay for camp?
Initial payment is made online via our secure registration system. You will set up a username and password to access your registration account,  complete online forms as prompted and then pay the required deposit, or pay for the entire camp at once.

How can I pay my balance due?
You can pay in person via check or cash at the Extension Division Office, Rehearsal Hall, room 101 between the hours of 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday through Friday, or 8 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturdays.  Please make an appointment to come to the office by calling 848-932-8618.

If you wish to pay by credit card from your home computer (Visa or Master Card only) via your account using our secure online registration & payment system. Please contact our registrar the Mason Gross Extension Division at extdiv.office@mgsa.rutgers.edu or 848-932-8618 if you need assistance.

If you wish to pay by mail via check, please make all checks payable to “Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey”, identify your child’s name and the camp/institute s/he will attend and send the check to our mailing address:

Mason Gross Extension Division
Kids Create
Rehearsal Hall, room 101
85 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

A $25 fee will be assessed for any returned check.

Are payment plans available?
For information regarding payment procedures and payment plans for summer programs, please visit the “Payment Procedures” section of our summer program policies page, which can be found here.

Are there any discounts available?
Yes. There is a sibling discount of $50 applied when a camper and sibling are registered for Kids Create.  Multiple siblings will all receive the discount. There is also a multi-session discount is available – add a second or third session and save $100 on the added sessions.

Are there any discounts for Rutgers faculty or staff?
Yes, Rutgers Faculty & Staff are eligible for a 10% discount.  This discount may not be combined with other offers.

Is financial aid available?
No. However, financing is available via the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. If financing or cost is an issue, we urge you to fill out the Rutgers Federal Credit Union Continuing Education Loan application. Click here to go to the Rutgers Federal Credit Union website for more information.

What is the application deadline?

  • Session I registration deadline is July 18, 2018; session I health forms are due by July 25, 2018
  • Session II registration deadline is July 25, 2018; session II health forms are due by August 1, 2018
  • Session III registration deadline is August 1, 2018; session II health forms are due by August 8, 2018

Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis following the close of registration.

 

POLICIES

What are your policies regarding cell phone use?
Students may use cell phones in-between instructional sessions and during instructional sessions in the event of emergency only. Cell phones must be silenced during instructional sessions.

Student Behavior
The Extension Division reserves the right to dismiss any student for inappropriate behavior. Students are provided with clear guidelines for behavior during an orientation session at the start of each camp session. Refunds will not be provided to any students dismissed from camp for inappropriate behavior. Examples of inappropriate behavior that may result in dismissal:

  • Bullying
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol or being in possession of alcohol
  • Use of illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs or unapproved use of prescribed medication
  • Failure to obey Extension Division policies and procedures
  • Abusive behavior towards camp faculty and staff
  • Theft
  • Vandalism of university facilities or property

In most cases, students are informed of behavioral issues detected by camp faculty and/or staff and given the opportunity to modify their behavior while continuing in the camp. The Extension reserves the right to dismiss students without warning in cases of egregious breach of policies and/or procedures, or in cases where the safety/well-being of other campers is threatened. Parents of minors will be informed of any pending disciplinary action.

Participant waiver & photo release form
A participant waiver that includes a photo release form and a waiver of liability is included in the registration process.

 

QUESTIONS AND FEEDBACK

I have specific questions not addressed in this FAQ document.  Can I speak with someone?
Yes! Please e-mail us your name, phone number, the best time to reach you, and your question(s). In the subject line of your email, please indicate the following your name, the name of the camp, and your quesiton.

We will contact you with the answer to your question at the next available opportunity.

Call us at 848-932-8618.  Please note that the best way for us to put you in touch with someone who can answer your question is to email us first and let us then contact you via phone.

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