About YAP

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 6th – 12th grades in the Fall of 2019. Exact dates for YAP 2019 are listed below:

YAP TAMU: June 16th – June 21st (Rising 12th graders only)
YAP A: June 16th – June 21st (Rising 6th – 9th graders)
YAP B: June 23rd – June 28th (Rising 8th – 11th graders)
YAP Costa Rica: June 29th – July 6th (Rising 9th – 12th graders)
YAP X: July 14th – July 19th (Rising 7th – 10th graders)
YAP Y: July 21st – July 27th (Rising 9th – 12th graders)
YAP Japan: July 26th – August 4th (Rising 9th – 12th graders)

For the purpose of registration, a rising 6th grader is a current 5th grader who will enter grade six in Fall 2019
A rising 12th grader is a current junior in high school.

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: yap@tamu.edu