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 2023. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 2023, our College Station-based schedule is as follows:
YAP A: July 9-14 (for rising 6th-8th graders)
-VizKids: Game Design
YAP B: July 16-21 (for rising 8th-11th graders)
-VizKids: Graphics & Animation
YAP C: July 23-28 (for rising 9th-12th graders)
-Attending Texas A&M University (rising 11th-12th graders only)
In addition, we are offering two study abroad sessions this summer to Washington DC and the Dominican Republic. The schedule for our study abroad sessions is below:
YAP Dominican Republic: June 24-July 2 (for rising 9th-12th graders plus rising college freshmen who attended YAP 2022)
-Earth and Life Sciences
YAP Washington DC: July 29-August 3 (for rising 9th-12th graders plus students who were enrolled in the YAP Law School course in 2022)
*Students may take this course in addition to the Law School course in YAP C or as a standalone course
Campers may only enroll in one course of YAP A, B, or C each year, but they may enroll in either study abroad session on their own or in addition to 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. 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 2023 COLLEGE STATION SESSIONS
YAP 2023 STUDY ABROAD SESSIONS
YAP Dominican Republic
To register for YAP 2023, submit an application and deposit using the link from our home page. For our College Station based sessions, the deposit is $399. For our study abroad sessions, the deposit is $1299. 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 College Station based 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 cost of tuition for all study abroad sessions is $3799. Like our College Station based sessions, this price is all-inclusive and will cover absolutely everything from check-in to check-out. (Transportation to the airport, flights to and from our destination, full meal services, lodging, transportation while abroad, instructional materials, professor fees, a camp t-shirt. and all recreational events.) Students may wish to bring spending money for personal expenses (i.e. souvenirs)
The deposit is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance payment can be made in 3 equal monthly payments from March-May.
All payments are fully refundable through March 1st, 2023. After this date, should you need to cancel your registration, we will be able to refund your tuition if we are able to find a replacement for your child’s enrollment.
Are scholarships available?
Yes, we do have a limited number of need-based scholarships available each year. Please email email@example.com for access to our YAP 2023 scholarship application. Scholarship applications are due by April 7th, 2023.
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?
Registration for YAP 2023 is now open! To register, simply click on this link to enroll via our online registration platform. Once you have made your deposit payment, you are officially registered and will receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
We’d be more than happy to help answer any remaining questions you may have!