Camp ARCH: July 9-15 (Sunday-Saturday)
Students entering grades 10-12 in the fall of 2017

YAP A: July 9-14 (Sunday-Friday)
Students (age 12 and up) entering grades 7-10 in the fall of 2017

YAP B: July 16-21 (Sunday-Friday)
Students entering grades 8-11 in the fall of 2017

YAP C: July 23-29 (Sunday-Saturday)
Students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2017

YAP Costa Rica: July 30-August 5 (Sunday-Saturday)
Students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2017

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.

This year 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. Camp ARCH attendees will be living 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.

The cost of the Youth Adventure Program for 2017 is: $1050.00 for YAP TAMU, YAP A, & YAP B sessions; $1200.00 for Camp ARCH and YAP C; and $2200 for the YAP Costa Rica experience. A $350 deposit (for YAP A, YAP B, YAP TAMU) or $500 deposit (for Camp ARCH, YAP C, YAP Costa Rica) is necessary to hold a student’s position and must accompany the application. There is also a $1000 registration fee due by February 17th for those interested in reserving a spot for a student to attend the YAP Costa Rica session. Personal checks may be mailed to the address listed below or pay online with a credit card via the secure link to the Texas A&M Marketplace. The remaining $700 balance must be received by the May 17th due date. Without final payments, the student’s reservation is subject to cancellation. Payment in full is also accepted at the time of initial registration.

The camp fee covers private dorm accommodations, full meal services, instructional materials, transportation around campus, professor fees, camp t-shirt, and all recreational events. Students may need spending money for personal expenses.

A registration packet will be mailed or emailed to each student directly following their acceptance into the program. This packet will include detailed information including arrival and departure times/directions, an itemized checklist of things to bring, and a link to download the medical, insurance, and release forms necessary for attendance. All paperwork is due by the date specified in your registration packet. Non submission of any required form may result in student being dropped from the program and/or their space released (without refund).

For more information, contact:
Dr. Jay Woodward, Director
Department of Educational Psychology
4225 – TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4225

Phone: (979) 845-1802