The Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth
Another camper once said, “When I'm at home, everything seems so black and white, but when I'm at VAMPY, everything is in color.” It's so true. I can't explain VAMPY to those who don't go. They say, “Why would you spend three weeks going to school?” It's so much more than that. This is a place where I found myself. I'm just so lucky to have been here.
— Hannah Jawed, VAMPY 2015-18
There are no grades here, but I try really hard because I want to see what I can do, to show myself that I can do it. I'm not trying to show other people what I can do — I'm just trying to prove it to myself that I'm capable. It's a really big self-confidence thing for me.
— Hayden Teeter, VAMPY 2015-18
I made friends here more easily than at any other time in my life. I love it here. It's my happy place.
— Mikah Burdette, VAMPY 2015-18
For a lot of my educational career, I've been “the smart one.” Once I went to VAMPY, I had to find my own identity beyond that. That's really empowering.
— Christian Butterfield, VAMPY 2015-18
A three-week residential camp held in June and July, VAMPY offers high-ability students who have finished grades 7–10 the chance to focus on one course during six class hours each weekday plus a nightly hour-long study hall. Classes are taught by highly motivated WKU faculty and area high school teachers who are thrilled to have equally highly motivated students.
Students arrive at the WKU campus from counties around Kentucky, states across the nation, and countries all over the world to form a community of diverse backgrounds and interests. For gifted and talented students who crave knowledge, academic challenge, and peers who accept then as they are, 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 as they spend three weeks immersed in a topic of their choosing that ignites their curiosity. Unlike “regular” school, VAMPY classes are centered on the students’ interests and consistently challenge them. Says one camper, “Everyone here wants to learn, and everyone is at relatively the same level of learning, so it's really easy to go in depth. It’s a much better environment than school because everyone is learning together as a class.” For a list of last year’s courses, go here.
When not in class, campers participate in a wide range of activities that bring them together as a community. Ask students what the other campers are like, and they’ll respond with answers like, “family,” “accepting,” and “universally kind.” Many camp activities are created by their counselors, most of whom are college students who attended VAMPY themselves. While they compete in Capture the Flag or make chalk art during evening Optionals; attend cookouts, baseball games, or dances on the weekends; or play endless card games with their hallmates, campers make friendships that can last a lifetime.
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.
Some need-based financial assistance is available for campers for whom the expense might prevent attendance. Contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (270) 745-6323 for more information.
The Bowling Green Daily News recently wrote about VAMPY in a front-page article: WKU hosts summer camp for gifted students.
Dates: June 23 - July 13, 2019