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Bowling Green, KY, 42101
Phone: 270-745-6323

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The beginnings of The Center are in teacher education. Dr. Roberts incorporated gifted and talented classes into Western’s graduate curriculum, and the first group of classes was offered in 1982 – two years before Kentucky established an endorsement for gifted teachers. Western remains the only university to have  offered the four-course gifted endorsement cycle completely each year since its inception. The program allows teachers to become certified in one year; and, over the past two decades, hundreds of teachers have taken advantage of the program.Teachers working on their gifted endorsement needed a practicum working directly with gifted and talented young people. So in 1983, The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students (SCATS) was formed.  That first summer, sixty students attended four of eight offered classes. Over the years SCATS has expanded to almost forty classes and well over two hundred students every summer.The Center has hosted the Kentucky Recognition Ceremony for Duke’s Talent Identification Program since 1982. Each May, some of the most academically talented seventh graders in the Commonwealth are honored at Western Kentucky University. These students took the ACT or SAT and earned qualifying scores.1984 also saw the creation of the Advanced Placement Institute. Kentucky had begun the Commonwealth Diploma, which was offered to students who had earned a certain number of Advanced Placement credits and taken exams. In cooperation with the College Board, the AP Institute took the form of a week-long course. Since that time, the program has serviced over 5000 teachers from almost every state and over a dozen foreign countries. Institute consultants are experienced Advanced Placement teachers and certified College Board consultants who have demonstrated their ability to help other teachers prepare to teach Advanced Placement classes. Many are table readers, table leaders, test writers, and even text authors. Today, seminars for both experienced and new AP teachers are offered, reinforcing the program’s goal to better train teachers to help students prepare for a challenging college experience.


Camp Type:
Year Established:
Age of Campers:
11 to 14
$500-$650/wk (Please contact camp for exact pricing.)
Nearest Large City:
Nashville, TN


  • Computers
  • Creative Writing
  • General Academics
  • Gifted
  • History
  • Language
  • Leadership
  • Liberal Arts
  • Math
  • Robotics
  • Science
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Crafting
  • Music
  • Other Arts
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Chess
  • Fitness Camps Game


(Please contact camp directly for updated session schedule.)

SCATS's dates for 2009 are June 14 - 26. Residential cost is $1300 and nonresidential cost is $850. Limited financial aid is available to students on the basis of need.


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