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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 7th through 12th grade in the Fall of 2024. 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 2024, our College Station-based schedule is as follows:

YAP A: July 7-12 (for rising 11th-12th graders)
-Attending Texas A&M University

YAP B: July 14-19 (for rising 7th-10th graders)
-Bio & Nano Technology (must be at least 15 years old)
-Careers in Agriculture
-Engineering Design
-Oceanography & Meteorology
-Performance Theatre
-Veterinary Medicine (must be at least 15 years old for full access)

YAP C: July 21-27 (for rising 9th-12th graders)
-Entrepreneurship
-Experimental Science (must be at least 15 years old)
-Mechanical Engineering
-Smash Chemistry (must be at least 15 years old)
-VizKids: Game Design

In addition, we are offering a destination session this summer to Washington D.C. The schedule for our destination session is below:

YAP Washington D.C.: June 22-29 (for rising 10th-12th graders plus rising college freshmen who previously attended YAP)
-Law School

Campers may only enroll in one course of YAP B or C each year, but they may enroll in YAP A or either destination session on their own OR in addition to YAP 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 2024 COLLEGE STATION SESSIONS

Session

Cost

YAP A

$1,299

YAP B

$1,299

YAP C

$1,299

 

YAP 2024 DESTINATION SESSION

Session

Cost

YAP South Dakota

$3,299

 

To register for YAP 2024, 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 $799. 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 our destination session is $3299. 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 (for our College Station based courses) or in 5 equal payments from January-May (for our destination sessions).

Payments for YAP A, B, and C are fully refundable through March 1st, 2024. Payments for our destination session are fully refundable through January 24th, 2024. 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 yap@tamu.edu for access to our scholarship application.

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?

Open registration for YAP 2024 will begin on Wednesday, February 1st. For early enrollment access, please email “yap@tamu.edu” requesting to join our early enrollment list.

Registration will occur 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 yap@tamu.edu 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
Email: yap@tamu.edu
Phone: 979-845-1802

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

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