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Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031
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Kentucky Association for Gifted Education

World Council for Gifted & Talented Children

National Association for Gifted Children

The Association for the Gifted

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VAMPY campers form fast friendships

While VAMPY is only three weeks, the friendships formed at camp last much longer. Surrounded by their intellectual peers, VAMPY campers form strong friendships.

VAMPY campers get hands-on with science

In science classes, students delved right into labs and experiments in the first few days of VAMPY.

Field trips enrich the VAMPY learning environment

Campers might eat, sleep, and study on the campus of Western Kentucky University for three weeks during VAMPY, but that doesn’t mean their learning experiences are limited to the school grounds.

Beloved VAMPY traditions kept alive by campers

From Cryfest to Paper Theatre, there are dozens of traditions that make VAMPY unique. These rituals are passed down year after year and become cherished memories for campers past, present, and future.

High school credit possible for students in VAMPY math

By working at their own pace, some VAMPY campers are able to cover multiple math courses during the three weeks of camp and earn credit at their high schools.

Campers travel thousands of miles to attend VAMPY

Campers come from not just across the United States, but from around the world to attend VAMPY. The 3 farthest travelers to VAMPY 2015 covered a combined 15,502 miles to get to Bowling Green.

The Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth

VAMPY, the Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth, assembles some of the brightest and most enthusiastic minds from counties around the Commonwealth, states across the nation, and countries all over the world. The VAMPY community reflects the diverse backgrounds, interests, and pursuits of its students who all have at least one thing in common: a love of learning.

Since 1984, The Center for Gifted Studies through a cooperative agreement with the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), has made the VAMPY experience the centerpiece of summer vacation for hundreds of seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth graders. Each summer more than 200 students spend three weeks living on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green, KY, studying one topic in great depth. For gifted and talented students who crave knowledge and academic challenge, VAMPY offers a life-changing world of both learning and friendship.

The primary emphasis of VAMPY is academics. VAMPY’s rigorous educational environment reminds students that learning is an enjoyable process. Students spend six hours a day immersed in a topic of their choosing that ignites their curiosity and inspires their thinking. VAMPY instructors are veteran teachers, college professors, and experts in their fields. When not in class, students are playing sports, participating in cookouts, dances, and talent shows, or hanging out on the lawn in front of their residence hall, playing music, making crafts, and getting to know one another. VAMPY allows gifted students the opportunity to forge lifelong friendships with other young people who are also passionate about learning.

One participant described the VAMPY experience as "one of the most wonderful, enriching, and memorable of my life. I learned immeasurable things about myself as well as the subjects I studied… The knowledge and wisdom I gained through The Center has proven invaluable.”

VAMPY Information 

Dates:  June 26 - July 16, 2016

Applications will be available in early spring. The Center encourages students to apply as early as possible. Qualified participants will be accepted and placed in classes in the order applications are received. 








Parent Visit Form

Please CLICK HERE to view and download the parent visit form. This form is for parents who would like to pick up their child for a visit during camp, and is limited to parents of the students only.


Spotlight on The Center's Summer Programs


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