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Frequently Asked Questions about SCATS

 The following is a list of questions typically asked regarding SCATS.  
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at

When may parents visit?  
Many campers come from too far away for visits from parents, so visits are not expected. Parent visits are limited to weekends. Saturday or Sunday afternoon work best, especially if parents help with laundry. All visits must be planned ahead with written and signed notification from parents. So that we know your plans, please do one of the following by Thursday noon preceding the intended visit: Leave a completed, signed Parent Visit Form with your child’s counselor, or fax the completed, signed Parent Visit Form to the office at 270-745-6279, or email the completed Parent Visit Form with a scanned signature to gifted@wku.edu. If permission for a visit does not arrive by noon Thursday, parent visits will be limited to having lunch with their campers at the Fresh Food Company on campus.The parent visitation form is available here.


What is the cost of SCATS?

The 2018 tuition for residential students is $2,100 and the tuition for non-residential students is $1,050.


What is the difference between being a residential or nonresidential camper?

Residential campers live in an air-conditioned residence hall with residential counselors who will be involved in activities when the campers are not in class. In the evenings and on the weekend, residential campers will participate in a variety of cultural, educational, and recreational activities, which include cookouts, a dance, and a talent show.

Nonresidential campers will be dropped off each morning before classes and picked up each afternoon, and they do not participate in extracurricular activities, with the exception of the banquet and dance on the final Thursday of SCATS and the talent show during the final week.


What do campers eat?

All meals are provided for residential campers, and lunch is provided for nonresidential campers. Students will eat their meals together, with most meals being provided in Fresh Food Company, WKU's cafeteria. A wide variety of choices are offered, including vegetarian meals.


What is the daily class schedule?

Each camper will take four classes throughout the two weeks of SCATS, two each morning and two each afternoon. Classes start each morning at 8:45 and conclude each afternoon at 4:15. Parents dropping off nonresidential students should decide on a place to drop their students off near their first class before 8:45 and a place to pick them up near their last class after 4:15. On the last day, afternoon classes are shortened slightly; classes on Friday, June 22 will conclude at 3:45 p.m.

What should campers bring to SCATS?

The following is a checklist of things to bring to SCATS:

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 and the dinner/dance, athletic shoes or comfortable walking shoes, umbrella and rain coat, paper, notebook, pencils, racquetball racket and other athletic equipment, backpack and water bottle.

Clothing choices must abide by the SCATS dress code. If students arrive at class or other activities wearing clothes that do not abide by the dress code, they will be sent back to change. Download the dress code

What may campers NOT bring to SCATS?

Television sets, computers, skateboards, scooters, bicycles, roller blades, high caffeine drinks, expensive items, laser pointers, weapons (including toys), pets, candles, fireworks

How much spending money should campers bring?

Everything needed in a regular day is provided for in the registration fee. All recreational activities are included. The only money students need is for laundry and miscellaneous items or snacks. Bringing large sums of money is discouraged!

What arrangements are made for campers arriving by plane?

Please schedule your flight to arrive at the Nashville, TN, Airport on June 10 between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (CDT). On June 22, please schedule your return flight to leave from the Nashville, TN, Airport between 3:30 p.m. 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 will be due by May 15.

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.

How can campers receive communication?

By mail:

Student’s Name
C/O Dr. Julia Roberts
The Center for Gifted Studies
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #71031
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031

To ensure prompt delivery, please do not send any mail to the residence hall. Letter writing instead of calling is encouraged. For some young people, this experience will be the first extended period away from home. Parents are encouraged to write positive, supportive letters to help students get the most out of SCATS.

By phone:

In an emergency, your parents may phone the office 270-745-6323 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (CDT), and a staff member will arrange for your child to phone you. After normal office hours and on weekends, your parents may call the front desk at the residence hall, and the desk clerk will see that your child gets your message. The counselor’s phone should not be used as a means of chatting with your child.

What if campers get homesick?

For some campers, this will be the first extended period away from home. Homesickness is not unusual. Campers, if you feel homesick, speak with your counselor. Parents, in the event that your son/daughter writes or calls you saying he/she is homesick or having roommate problems, it is important that you stay positive and not overreact to this information. Please contact your child's counselor or Dr. Julia Roberts so that together we can help your child work through this problem and have a positive experience.

SCATS Information 



Dates:  June 10 - 22, 2018



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 Last Modified 6/9/18