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What is YAP?

The Youth Adventure Program (YAP) is a series of one-week courses designed to encourage career exploration in fields of interest to gifted-and-talented students. The camp is open to any student entering 6th through 12th grade in the Fall of 2021, plus rising College Freshman who could not attend YAP 2020 due to COVID-19. YAP applicants are typically students who are highly motivated to learn, think, and solve problems, and they typically have a strong interest in going to a college, university, and/or professional school. Each YAP participant selects one area of interest and studies that area for the weeklong session, receiving in-depth insights into the experiences of professionals in that particular field. Applicants are admitted on a first-come basis.


Where is YAP held?

YAP campers are housed at The Cambridge, a private dormitory located near the Texas A&M campus that features suite-style accommodations and double-occupancy bedrooms. YAP is a residential summer camp meaning that campers stay with us for the duration of the week.

When is YAP held?

The Youth Adventure Program is hosted for different age groups during different weeks of the summer. In 2021, our schedule is as follows:

YAP A: July 11-16 (for rising 6th-8th graders)
Architecture *
Law School
VizKids: Animation *

YAP B: July 18-23 (for rising 8th-11th graders)
Health Sciences
Veterinary Medicine

YAP C: July 25-30 (for rising 9th-College Freshman)
Bio/Nano Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Attending Texas A&M – for rising 11th & 12th graders

YAP Russia: International Business (Virtual)
June 13-25
Rising 6th-12th graders

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are pending final confirmation from their respective professors. Students interested in one of these marked courses are encouraged to join the wait list of an additional course as a back-up.

Campers may join the wait list for multiple courses, but may only enroll in one session of either YAP A, B, or C.

When is YAP check-in?

Check-in for all sessions of the Youth Adventure Program is between 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the day each session begins. Families will be assigned a 30 minute check-in window to reduce the amount of traffic in the building. Additionally, only one parent/guardian will be allowed inside to help with move-in. Parents or guardians should plan to deliver YAP students to the dormitory on the first day of their respective session. Detailed driving directions to the dorm will be included in your information packet — once accepted to the program. Early check-in is not allowed.

How much does YAP cost?










YAP Russia: International Business (Virtual)


To register for YAP 2021, first join the wait list of a course. Starting on April 1st, 2021, families will be notified in the order of their wait list position to make a deposit payment ($624) and claim their spot.

NO payment is necessary to join the wait list.

All payments are fully refundable through May 21st, 2021.

All prices are all-inclusive. Camp tuition covers dorm accommodations, full meal services, instructional materials, transportation around campus, professor fees, a camp t-shirt, and all recreational events. Students may wish to bring spending money for personal expenses.

Who teaches YAP courses?

University professors and other professionals teach YAP classes. Session leaders introduce concepts and principles with the major emphasis for YAP students applying those through discussion and hands-on activities.

What is an average day like in YAP?

Classes usually meet from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, but YAP also includes a significant portion of social and recreational time in the late afternoons and evenings to provide for student interaction in other settings. Normally, these activities can range from swimming or athletic activities at the Texas A&M Rec Center to nights out around town, scavenger hunts and energetic team competitions. Our YAP 2021 recreation schedule will still consist of these events you’ve grown to know and love, but all recreation will have the appropriate precautions taken to minimize the risk of COVID-19.

YAP is an action-packed week that provides valuable career insights and creates lifelong friendships.

How do I register for YAP?

Registration is NOW OPEN for YAP 2021! No deposit is necessary to register. Payments will begin starting on April 1st. To claim your spot in line on the “wait list,” click on the link below:


Students may only attend one session of either YAP A, B, or C each year but may register for multiple wait lists. Each course has a capacity of between 12-16 students. Students with a wait list position of 1-12 essentially have a guaranteed space in the course. Students with positions further in line are encouraged to register for an additional course as a back-up.

Starting on April 1st, families will be contacted in the order of their wait list position to make their deposit payment ($624) and claim their space in the course. Registration is not complete until a deposit has been received.

How do I get to YAP?

Most students are brought to YAP by their parents, grandparents or guardians. Students and parents should plan to arrive at the camp dorm between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. on the first day of the appropriate session. Please contact the YAP office and inform us if your child is a licensed driver and will be driving himself or herself to camp.

Can air transportation and transportation to/from the airport be arranged?

Yes. Parents or guardians who wish to have their student arrive via air will need to contact our offices at to complete a travel information form prior to arrival.

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