The YOUTH ADVENTURE PROGRAM (YAP) is a series of one week courses designed to encourage career exploration in fields of interest to gifted and talented students. YAP is held on the College Station campus of Texas A&M University. Although no admission criteria are utilized, applicants should be highly motivated to learn, think, and solve problems and should have a strong interest in future college, university, and/or professional school attendance. Only one course is selected per week of attendance, and applicants are admitted on a first come basis.
University professors and other professionals will teach YAP classes. While they may do some lecturing to introduce concepts and principles, major emphasis is given to “discussing (yapping) and doing” as a strategy for engaging students in the investigative process. Classes meet from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. YAP also includes social and recreational activities in the late afternoons and evenings to provide for student interaction in other settings.
YAP campers will be housed at The Cambridge, a private dormitory located near the Texas A&M campus that features suite-style accommodations and double occupancy bedrooms. YAP TAMU stays on campus at Hullabaloo Hall. Camp orientation will be held on Sunday night following the check-in period. At this time, campers will be provided with opportunities to meet the camp staff and fellow “Yappers” through get-to-know-you activities. Other evening events will include game shows, swim parties, and our heralded “Wacky Olympics” and “Amazing Race” competitions.
YAP 2019 Dates and Sessions
YAP 2019 will feature sessions for students entering 7th – 12th grades in the Fall of 2019. Exact dates for YAP 2019 sessions are in the process of being finalized and will be posted as soon as possible. All sessions will fall between the end of June and the first week of August.
For the purpose of registration, a rising 7th grader is a current 6th grader who will enter grade seven in Fall 2019
To attend YAP 2019, students must have completed 6th grade and be at least 12 years old by the start of camp.
A rising 12th grader is a current junior in high school. Current 12th graders/seniors are ineligible to attend YAP 2019.
Camp tuition covers private dorm accommodations, full meal services, instructional materials, transportation around campus, professor fees, camp t-shirt, and all recreational events.
QUESTIONS? Contact YAP office at (979) 845-1802 or by email: email@example.com