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. YAP is held on the College Station campus of Texas A&M University. Although no admission criteria are utilized, applicants should be highly motivated to learn, think, and solve problems and should have a strong interest in future college, university, and/or professional school attendance. Only one course is selected per week of attendance, and applicants are admitted on a first come basis.
University professors and other professionals will teach YAP classes. While they may do some lecturing to introduce concepts and principles, major emphasis is given to "discussing (yapping) and doing" as a strategy for engaging students in the investigative process. Classes meet from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. YAP also includes social and recreational activities in the late afternoons and evenings to provide for student interaction in other settings.
YAP attendees will be housed in The Tradition at Northgate, a private dormitory located just off the Texas A&M campus that features suite-style accommodations with private bedrooms for each student. Camp orientation will be held on Sunday night following the check-in period. At this time, campers will be provided with opportunities to meet the camp staff and fellow "Yappers" through get-to-know-you activities. Other evening events will include game shows, swim parties, and our heralded "Wacky Olympics" and "Amazing Race" competitions.
To enroll, click on the "Register Now!" link and complete the online application. A $400.00 registration fee, which is refundable until May 1, is necessary to hold a student's position and must accompany the application. Personal checks may be mailed to the address listed below or pay online with a credit card via the secure link to the Texas A&M Marketplace. The remaining $650.00 must be received by May 18 for June sessions (YAP II), and June 8 for July sessions (YAP III and IV). Without final payments, the student's reservation is subject to cancellation. Payment in full is also accepted at the time of initial registration.
The $1,050 fee covers private dorm accommodations, full meal services, instructional materials, transportation around campus, professor fees, camp t-shirt, and all recreational events. Students may need spending money for personal expenses.
A registration packet will be mailed or emailed to each student directly following their acceptance into the program. This packet will include detailed information including arrival and departure times/directions, an itemized checklist of things to bring, and a link to download the medical, insurance, and release forms necessary for attendance. All paperwork is due in relation to the payment deadline for each session. Non submission of any required form may result in student being dropped from the program and/or their space released (without refund).