The VAMPY Experience
The residential component is an integral part of the VAMPY experience. 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, students participate in a variety of cultural, educational, and recreational activities, which include a theater production, cookouts, a dance, and a talent show as well as individual and team sports. Students have the option of attending a worship service on Sunday mornings and will have supervised access to WKU’s recreational and library facilities. Laundry facilities are available. Each student is issued a room key and a lanyard. Students may request roommates.
Groups of 12 to 16 students 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
- Have completed at least one year of college
- Have demonstrated a high level of academic performance
- Be of high moral character
- Have had successful experience working with young people
- 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 students and work seven days a week. The counselors are responsible for planning, implementing, and supervising individual and group recreational activities for students 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 students’ safety and happiness. Students will be supervised by teachers in class or by counselors in the residence hall.
Please schedule your flight to arrive at the Nashville, TN, Airport on June 24 between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (CDT). On July 14, please schedule your return flight to leave from the Nashville, TN, Airport between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m noon. 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 on or before June 1.
If your airport arrival and departure times do not fit our guidelines, we will arrange transportation with an airport limousine service. The cost will be $100.00 each way.
Suggested Packing List
- sheets (extra long twin or two twin flat sheets)
- 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
- athletic equipment
- water bottle
**Important: T-shirts/tops should be long enough to cover the midriff and undergarments at all times. “Low-riding” pants can only be worn with shirts that ensure complete coverage of the midsection and underwear. Jeans/khakis should not drag on the floor. All lettering, slogans, and artwork on clothing must in good taste. No “short-shorts.” Leggings are not to be worn as pants. No clothing with holes. Clothing should NOT draw attention to campers.
Campers MAY NOT bring:
- television sets
- roller blades
- high caffeine drinks
- expensive items
- laser pointers
- weapons (including toys such as nerf and dart guns)
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.
Code of Conduct
VAMPY participants and their parents will be asked to sign a Code of Conduct which states that the student will abide by the rules of the camp and by the standards of conduct set forth by the teachers, counselors, and staff. It also stipulates conditions for use of the Internet. In addition, the Code of Conduct states that students 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 student is found with tobacco products, illegal drugs or alcohol, or if a student endangers their own health or welfare or that of others. This Code of Conduct exists to insure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
Please let us know about any dietary needs, such as vegetarian or diabetic diet. If a student needs to take medication or shots during the camp, the medication and written instructions from a physician should be provided.