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The SCATS Experience

Residential and Nonresidential Campers

Students may choose between being residential or nonresidential campers. Residential campers live on campus while nonresidential campers travel to and from campus each day. Nonresidential campers do not participate in after-class activities except for the talent show and the final dinner and dance.

Each residential camper will live with one other camper in an air-conditioned residence hall room. Residential counselors will be involved in all camp activities. In the evenings and on weekends, campers participate in a variety of cultural, educational, and recreational activities, such as concerts, theater productions, cookouts, a dance, and a talent show, as well as individual and team sports. Residential campers have the option of attending a worship service on Sunday morning and will have supervised access to WKU’s library facilities. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available. Each residential camper is issued a room key and a lanyard. Campers may request a specific roommate.


Groups of 12 to 16 campers will be assigned to each residential camp counselor. Since the residential counselors must work closely with gifted young people and are expected to serve as positive adult role models for these students, individuals selected for these positions must:

  1. Have completed at least one year of college
  2. Have demonstrated a high level of academic performance
  3. Be of high moral character
  4. Have had successful experience working with young people
  5. Have recreational interests/skills which can be shared with young people.

Many counselors are college students or young teachers. Residential counselors live in the residence halls with the campers and work seven days a week. The counselors are responsible for planning, implementing, and supervising individual and group recreational activities for campers in the evenings and on weekends. The residential staff will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Julia Roberts, Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Studies.

Great care is taken in selecting residential counselors and other faculty and staff for the summer programs offered by The Center. All workers have undergone criminal background checks as required by legislation. Every effort will be undertaken to ensure the safety and happiness of campers. Campers will be supervised by adult staff members, by classroom teachers, or by residential counselors.


If your child is flying to SCATS, please schedule his or her flight to arrive at the Nashville, TN, Airport on Sunday, June 10, between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (CDT). On June 22, please schedule a return flight that leaves from the Nashville, TN, Airport between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. There will be a $100 charge ($50 each way) for transportation by chartered bus or van to and from the Nashville Airport. Payment for airport transportation is due by May 15th.  

If your airport arrival and departure times do not fit our guidelines, we can arrange transportation with an airport limousine service. The cost will be $100.00 each way.

Suggested Packing List

  • blankets
  • sheets (extra long twin or two twin flat sheets)
  • pillowcases
  • pillow
  • towels
  • washcloths
  • soap and toiletries
  • casual summer clothes such as shorts, jeans, or khakis
  • shirts appropriate for class
  • one or two dress outfits for worship (optional) and the dinner/dance
  • athletic shoes or comfortable walking shoes
  • umbrella and rain coat
  • paper
  • notebook
  • pencils/pens
  • athletic equipment
  • backpack
  • water bottle
  • sweatshirt or light jacket

**Important: T-shirts/tops should be long enough to cover the midriff and undergarments at all times.  No “low-riding” pants can be worn. Jeans/khakis should not drag on the floor. All lettering, slogans, and art work on clothing must in good taste. No “short-shorts.” No clothing with holes. Clothing should NOT draw attention to campers.

Campers MAY NOT bring:

  • television sets
  • computers
  • skateboards
  • scooters
  • bicycles
  • roller blades
  • high caffeine drinks
  • expensive items
  • laser pointers
  • knives
  • weapons (including toys such as Nerf and dart guns)
  • pets
  • candles
  • fireworks
  • tablet devices (unless approved by The Center for classwork)


Meals will be eaten together on campus. A wide variety of fruits, salads, vegetables, meats, and beverages are available at each meal. Food selections are made by the students. All meals are included in the tuition for residential campers. Only lunch is included in the tuition for nonresidential campers.



The residential counselors will plan events for residential campers for the evenings and weekends. Activities range from athletics and games to crafts and imaginative events. A dinner and dance will be held on the last Thursday night for all campers. All campers are also invited to participate in the talent show. Please bring any supplies needed for your act. Performing is optional but a lot of fun!


Code of Conduct

SCATS participants and their parents will be asked to sign a code of conduct which states that the camper will abide by the rules of the camp and by the standards of conduct set forth by their teachers. It also stipulates conditions for use of the Internet. The code of conduct also states that campers may not leave campus unless a parent/guardian has made prior written arrangements. Finally, it emphasizes the severe consequences — being sent home without refund of registration fee — if a camper is found with tobacco products, illegal drugs or alcohol, or if a camper endangers his or her own health or welfare or that of others. This code of conduct exists to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Special Needs

Please let us know about any dietary needs, such as a vegetarian or diabetic diet. If a camper needs to take medication or shots during camp, the medication and written instructions from a physician should be provided.

SCATS Information 



Dates:  June 10 - 22, 2018



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 Last Modified 5/29/18