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.

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. YAP TAMU 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 “Picture Scavenger Hunt” competitions.

YAP 2018 Schedule & Pricing Structure

For the purpose of registration, a rising 7th grader is a current 6th grader who will enter grade seven in Fall 2018
To attend YAP 2018, 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 2018.

YAP TAMU (Rising 12th Graders Only) Sunday, June 17 – Friday, June 22 $1050
YAP STEM (Rising 7th – 10th Graders) Sunday, June 17 – Friday, June 22 $1050
YAP June (Rising 9th – 12th Graders) Sunday, June 24 – Saturday, June 30 $1200
YAP Costa Rica (Rising 9th – 12th Graders) Saturday, June 30 – Friday, July 6 $2200
YAP July (Rising 8th – 11th Graders) Sunday, July 22 – Friday, July 27 $1050
YAP NYC (Rising 9th – 12th Graders) Saturday, July 28 – Friday, August 3 $2200

Payment Dates & Deadlines

  • For YAP TAMU, YAP STEM, & YAP July, a $350.00 deposit, which is refundable until April 30th, is necessary to hold a student’s position and must accompany the application.
  • For YAP June, the deposit is $500.00 and is refundable until April 30th.
  • For YAP Costa Rica and YAP NYC, a $1000.00 registration fee is due upon enrollment, and a $500 deposit is due by February 18th. All payments for YAP Costa Rica and YAP NYC are refundable until April 2nd.

Remaining balance payments may be made in 2 installments of $350 by April 18th and $350 by May 18th or paid in full upon registration. Without final payments, the student’s reservation is subject to cancellation.

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