The state’s only summer camp for gifted children is now open to rising 5th – 12th graders, giving this special population a chance to be challenged intellectually in a congenial atmosphere with their peers on the beautiful campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. The program is the most affordable program for the gifted in the country and has a venerable 33-year history at Wesleyan.
The two-week, residential program offers advanced classes in physics, higher math, creative writing, computer programming, history, and environmental science. These classes are all taught by college professors experienced in teaching to the gifted. Students room with their age-mates in an air-conditioned dorm, eat college food, and socialize. They are supervised by college-age counselors who serve as guides and mentors.
West Virginia Wesleyan offers extensive facilities (swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, a walking trail, a full library, music practice rooms, a planetarium, and a new arts center). Activities include movies, guest speakers, group activities, short trips off campus, and a talent show at the end of camp.
Dates for 2016 are June 19-July 2. Enrollments will be accepted up until check-in. Online registration is available now and there are plenty of spots open. Interested parents or teachers can see the entire program, view its offerings, learn about the professors, or register their student(s) using the online form, at www.wvwc.edu/summergifted.
The program was developed in 1983 and is open to any gifted student in the world. In fact, several students in the past have come from other countries to attend. Students must be identified as gifted to qualify. Call or write for more information on how to qualify.
Brochures are going out to all schools in the state and should arrive next week, but more information is available online. For further information, contact your child’s gifted teacher, call WSGP at 304-642-9436, or e-mail email@example.com. You can also find the program on Facebook at Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program.