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Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031
Phone: 270-745-6323
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College Board Advanced Placement Program Innovate Kentucky: Create a Spark Little Learners, Big Ideas

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (housed at The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU)

World Council for Gifted & Talented Children (housed at The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU)

National Association for Gifted Children

The Association for the Gifted

The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky (located at WKU)

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While VAMPY is only three weeks, the friendships formed at camp last much longer. Surrounded by their intellectual peers, VAMPY campers form strong friendships.

In science classes, students delve right into labs and experiments in the first few days of VAMPY.

Campers might eat, sleep, and study on the campus of Western Kentucky University for three weeks during VAMPY, but that doesn’t mean their learning experiences are limited to the school grounds.

From Cryfest to Paper Theatre, there are dozens of traditions that make VAMPY unique. These rituals are passed down year after year and become cherished memories for campers past, present, and future.

By working at their own pace, some VAMPY campers are able to cover multiple math courses during the three weeks of camp and earn credit at their high schools.

Campers make use of the beautiful WKU campus in and out of class.


The Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth

VAMPY assembles some of the brightest and most enthusiastic seventh through tenth graders from counties around Kentucky, states across the nation, and countries all over the world. The VAMPY community reflects the diverse backgrounds, interests, and pursuits of its students who all have at least one thing in common: a love of learning. For gifted and talented students who crave knowledge and academic challenge, VAMPY offers a life-changing world of both learning and friendship.

The primary emphasis of VAMPY is academics. VAMPY’s rigorous educational environment reminds students that learning is an enjoyable process. Students spend six hours a day immersed in a topic of their choosing that ignites their curiosity. VAMPY instructors are veteran teachers, college professors, and experts in their fields. When not in class, students are playing sports, participating in cookouts, dances, and talent shows, or hanging out on the lawn in front of their residence hall, playing music, making crafts, and getting to know one another.

Since 1984, The Center for Gifted Studies through a cooperative agreement with the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), has made the VAMPY experience the centerpiece of summer for hundreds of students.

The Bowling Green Daily News recently wrote about VAMPY in a front-page article: WKU hosts summer camp for gifted students.

Learn more about the VAMPY experience watching the video and by exploring the stories and photo galleries from recent years below.


Counselor Application

Dates:  June 24 - July 14, 2018



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