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Camp Explore

As they measured balloons, created tissue-and-watercolors cupcakes, juggled feathers, tried out tongue twisters, and captured a cloud in a jar, the first, second, and third graders at this year’s Camp Explore investigated this year’s theme of change. Adalyn Hensley of Lebanon, Tennessee, for example, learned, “Physical change means you can change something but it doesn’t change all the way, and chemical change means it changes all the way and can’t change back. Surya Odom of Bowling Green, meanwhile, discovered that “Change is okay because if you mess up something, like if you drop a splat of paint, you can make a picture that’s beautiful.” — from “Camp Explore Students Embrace Change” in The Challenge #42, Summer 2017


The Center for Gifted Studies’ Camp Explore (formerly known as The Summer Camp) is a one-week day camp designed for students with advanced ability and high interest who were in grades one, two or three during the previous school year.


  • The experience features hands-on and minds-on instruction to engage children in learning at advanced levels. Throughout the week, teachers experienced in gifted education guide the students in learning that is differentiated for their particular needs and advanced levels.
  • The camp’s approach is interdisciplinary: students study a single big idea across a variety of disciplines like language arts, math, science, social studies, theater, and art. The big idea, such as “change” and “patterns,” alters each year.
  • The minds on, hands on activities can include such projects as building anemometers, creating origami, reading and writing about about innovators, and doing geometric puzzles.
  • Registration is limited to 50 children.

Camp Explore meets in Gary A. Ransdell Hall on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Ransdell Hall is the home of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. It is located at the corner of Regents Street and Normal Drive.


Children bring their lunches. Teachers and children eat together either in the building or on the patio, depending on the weather.

Additional Information

For articles and photos of past camps, please go to the Camp Explore page on The Center's blog, Happenings at The Center for Gifted Studies.


 “It’s important to incorporate problems in my math class that relate to multiple content areas. For example, one day we did a literature and social studies-themed math class using Little House on the Prairie. On another day we measured and collected data while observing a chemical reaction. In the real world, math tells a story. By giving children experiences like this, we help them learn to question and solve authentic problems that are meaningful to them.”
— Allison Bemiss, Camp Explore math instructor

Camp Explore

June 3 - 7, 2019

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  • Students must be completing 1st - 3rd grade, show high interest and ability, and be recommended by an educator.


  • Tuition is $375.
  • Tuition is due with completed application.
  • Limited financial assistance is available. Contact our office at 270-745-6323 for information.


  • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (CDT) daily

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