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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 2022. 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 2022, our schedule is as follows:

YAP A: July 10-15 (for rising 6th-8th graders)
Performance Theatre
Veterinary Medicine
VizKids: Graphic Design

YAP B: July 17-22 (for rising 7th-10th graders)
Law School
VizKids: 3D Animation

YAP C: July 24-29 (for rising 9th-12th graders)
Attending Texas A&M University (rising 11th-12th graders only)
Mechanical Engineering
Smash Chemistry
VizKids: Game Design

Campers may only enroll in one course of YAP each year.

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. 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?










To register for YAP 2022, submit an application and $399 deposit using the link from our home page. Once you have registered, we will be in touch with your official confirmation letter and a detailed information packet that will outline everything you’ll need to know prior to check-in!

The total cost of tuition of all courses is $1299. This price is all-inclusive and will cover absolutely everything from check-in to check-out. (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 (i.e. snacks at the movies).

The $399 deposit is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance payment can be made in 3 monthly payments of $300 from March-May.

All payments are fully refundable through May 22nd, 2022.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, we do have a limited number of need-based scholarships available each year. Please email for access to our YAP 2022 scholarship application. Scholarship applications are due by April 8th, 2022.

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!

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

How do I register for YAP?

Simply click on the link below to register!


Each course has a capacity of between 12-24 students. If a course is full, you will still be able to join the wait list for it without paying a deposit. We will contact you if a space becomes available!

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.

Still have questions?

For all the information you could possibly want (and then some), please feel free to contact our office by email or phone using the info below:

Youth Adventure Program
Director: Dr. Jay Woodward
Recruiting Director: Matthew Bowen
Phone: 979-845-1802

We’d be more than happy to help answer any remaining questions you may have!

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