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The Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth

A message from Dr. Roberts and map:
Dear VAMPY Parents,

Pick up for VAMPY campers is between 9:00 a.m. (CDT) and 11:00 Saturday followed by times to visit your child’s class between 10:00 and noon.

There are two ways to pick up the belongings. The first is to take the luggage to your car. If you choose to do that, you may park on levels 1 or 2 of Parking Structure 1. The second way is to drive up to level 3, and then walk to the residence hall where your child is staying - Bates-Runner or Schneider Hall.

If you choose the second option, bring suitcases and plastic tubs with snap-on covers out to the loading areas for Bates-Runner Hall or Schneider Hall (other items you must transport to your car). Then, you will proceed to Parking Structure 1, Level 3. When your child’s luggage arrives at the parking garage, you will be told to proceed to Level 4 where you will load the luggage in your car. Please be sure to arrive at the parking garage before 11:00 to collect your luggage.

One hundred and eighty campers have come from 11 states and the Virgin Islands. Our 35th year of VAMPY has been a good one.

Julia Roberts
Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies


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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.

Dates: June 24 - July 14, 2018

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The Center for Gifted Studies Camp Blog

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Dates:  June 24 - July 14, 2018






Parent Visitation Form

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