YAP 2018 Frequently Asked Questions

What is YAP?
Where is YAP held?
When is YAP held?
When is YAP check-in?
How much does YAP cost
Who teaches the YAP courses?
So do I just sit in classes all day every day for a week?
How do I register for YAP?
How do I get to YAP?
If I want to arrange air transportation for my son/daughter’s arrival or departure for YAP camp, is this allowed and is airport transportation to/from the camp provided?
When/where is YAP check-out?
Is it possible to talk to someone on the phone about YAP, so we can ask more questions?

What is 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. The camp is open to any student age 12 and older entering 7th through 12th grade in the Fall of 2018. YAP applicants are typically students who are highly motivated to learn, think, and solve problems, and they typically have a strong interest in going to a college, university, and/or professional school. Each YAP participant selects one area of interest and studies only that area for an entire YAP session, getting in-depth insights into the experiences of professionals in that particular field. Applicants are admitted on a first come basis.

Where is YAP held?
This year YAP STEM, YAP June, and YAP July 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 campers will be housed at Hullabaloo Hall on campus. Information on YAP Costa Rica and YAP NYC housing is coming soon. 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 special “getting-to-know-you” activities. Other evening events will include game shows, swim parties, and our heralded “Wacky Olympics” and “Picture Scavenger Hunt” competitions.

When is YAP held?
The Youth Adventure Program is hosted for different age groups during different weeks of the summer. In 2018, there will be six different YAP sessions:

YAP STEM (formerly known as YAP A): June 17-22 (Sunday-Friday)
Students (age 12 and up) entering grades 7-10 in the Fall of 2018

YAP June (formerly known as YAP C): June 24-30 (Sunday-Saturday)
Students entering grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2018

YAP Costa Rica: June 30-July 6 (Saturday-Friday)
Students entering grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2018

YAP July (formerly known as YAP B): July 22-27 (Sunday-Friday)
Students entering grades 8-11 in the Fall of 2018

YAP NYC: July 28-August 3 (Saturday-Friday)
Students entering grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2018

When is YAP check-in?
Check-in for all sessions of the Youth Adventure Program occur between the hours of 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. on the day each session begins. Parents (guardians) should plan to deliver YAP students to the dormitory on the Sunday/Saturday of their respective session. Detailed driving directions to the dorm will be included in your information packet (once accepted to the program). Early check-in is not allowed.

How much does YAP cost?

For YAP TAMU, YAP STEM, & YAP July:
The total coast is $1050.00. A $350.00 deposit is required for registration with a completed application and is necessary to hold a student’s spot. The remaining balance of $700.00 must be received by the May 18th, 2018. Without final payment, the student’s reservation is subject to cancellation. Payment in full is also accepted at the time of initial registration. The camp tuition covers dorm accommodations, full meal services, instructional materials, transportation around campus, professor fees, a camp t-shirt, and all recreational events. Students may wish to bring spending money for personal expenses.

For YAP June:
The total cost is $1200.00. A $500.00 deposit is required for registration with a completed application and is necessary to hold a student’s spot. The remaining balance of $700.00 must be received by the May 18th, 2018. Without final payment, the student’s reservation is subject to cancellation. Payment in full is also accepted at the time of initial registration. The camp tuition covers dorm accommodations, full meal services, instructional materials, transportation around campus, professor fees, a camp t-shirt, and all recreational events. Students may wish to bring spending money for personal expenses.

For YAP Costa Rica & YAP NYC:
The total cost is $2200.00. A $500.00 deposit is required for registration with a completed application and is necessary to hold a student’s spot. A $1000.00 registration fee is required by February 18th to purchase airfare and accompanying travel reservations. The remaining balance of $700.00 must be received by the May 18th, 2018. Without final payment, the student’s reservation is subject to cancellation. Payment in full is also accepted at the time of initial registration. The camp tuition covers dorm accommodations, full meal services*, instructional materials, transportation around campus, professor fees, a camp t-shirt, and all recreational events. Students may wish to bring spending money for personal expenses.
*Students enrolled in YAP NYC will need to bring additional money for lunches. $100-150 should suffice for the week depending on appetite.

Who teaches the YAP courses?
University professors and other professionals will teach YAP classes. While they may do some lecturing to introduce concepts and principles, YAP places a major emphasis on discussion (i.e., yapping) and hands-on activities to get students in the investigative process!

So do I just sit in classes all day every day for a week?
Classes usually meet from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. But as the multimedia section on this web site will show you, YAP also includes a significant portion of social and recreational time in the late afternoons and evenings to provide for student interaction in other settings. From swimming and athletic activities at the TAMU recreation facility to nights out on the town, scavenger hunts, and energetic team competitions, YAP is an action-packed week that provides valuable career insights and creates lifelong friendships.

How do I register for YAP?
Registration for YAP 2018 officially opens on February 1st, 2018. For early enrollment access, please email yap@tamu.edu to be placed on our mailing list for early enrollment.

How do I get to YAP?
Most students are brought to YAP by their parents, grandparents or guardians. Parents should plan to deliver students to the camp dorm between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. on the first day of the appropriate session. Please contact the YAP office and inform us if your child is a licensed driver and will be driving himself or herself to camp.

If I want to arrange air transportation for my son/daughter’s arrival or departure for YAP camp, is this allowed and is airport transportation to/from the camp provided?
Parents (guardians) who wish to have their student arrive via air will need to complete a travel information form and have that on file with YAP staff prior to arrival so that appropriate transportation arrangements can be made.

Shuttle service can be provided to and from the College Station airport (airport code CLL) for students flying in to attend YAP. Continental and American Airlines service the College Station airport from Houston and Dallas respectfully. There are no non-stop flights from any other cities into College Station. Students arriving from out of state or from other cities will have to change planes before arriving into College Station.

Due to insurance and liability issues, we may not transport parents to and from the airport (if arriving with their student).

When/where is YAP check-out?
All students participating in a YAP camp session will check-out at the same dorm where they checked in.
YAP TAMU (June 17-22) students will depart on Friday, June 17th from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
YAP STEM (June 17-22) students will depart on Friday, June 17th from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
YAP June (June 24-30) students will check out on Saturday, June 21st from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
YAP July (July 22-27) students will check out on Friday, June 27th from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Check out times for YAP Costa Rica and YAP NYC will be released at a later date.

Is it possible to talk to someone on the phone about YAP, so we can ask more questions?
Absolutely! For more information than you can possibly need, contact:

Dr. Jay Woodward, Director
Phone: (979) 845-1802
Department of Educational Psychology
4225 – TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4225
Web site: www.youthadventureprogram.com
E-mail: yap@tamu.edu