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Frequently Asked Questions about VAMPY

 The following is a list of questions typically asked regarding VAMPY.  
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. Sunday afternoons 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. Parent visitation forms may be accessed here.

What is the cost of VAMPY?

The basic tuition for VAMPY 2018 was $3,100. The fee includes room and board, instructional programs, books, and most activities outside of class.  Some classes will have an extra fee to cover the cost of field trips. Please note class descriptions for any additional fee.


What should campers bring to VAMPY?

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

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 or other athletic equipment, backpack, and water bottle.

**Important: T-shirts/tops should be long enough that the midriff and undergarments do not show at any time. “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 art work on clothing must in good taste. No “short-shorts.” No clothing with holes. Clothing should NOT draw attention to campers.

What can campers NOT bring to VAMPY?

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 and even field trip money 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 24 between 12:00 p.m. noon and 2:30 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 (CDT).  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.

How can campers receive communication?

By mail:

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

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 VAMPY.

By phone:

In an emergency, 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, 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. 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.

VAMPY Information 

Parent Visitation Form


Dates:  June 24 - July 14, 2018






Parent Visitation Form

Arabic Class Scholarship



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 Last Modified 6/21/18