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

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Located on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky, The Center for Gifted Studies has been serving children who are gifted and talented, their educators, and their parents for nearly thirty years.  The Center provides exciting educational opportunities for gifted young people, rigorous professional development for teachers, and support for parents of gifted young people. Under the direction of Dr. Julia Roberts, The Center has become one of the preeminent advocates for gifted education in the United States.

The Center believes that when gifted young people meet their extraordinary potential, our communities, our state, our nation—even our world—become better places. That is why each school year, The Center renews its commitment to encouraging excellence by providing quality programming and resources for gifted students, their teachers, and their parents.In 1984, The Center for Gifted Studies began offering VAMPY through a cooperative arrangement with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (the first for Duke) to provide a balance of educational, cultural, and recreational experiences for high ability young people. Last year students came from ten states and three countries. VAMPY is a residential program, and therefore not only provides its students with academically enriching experiences, but social ones as well. Time spent in the classroom is only the tip of the iceberg for this camp, though. Under the supervision of residential counselors, these students will also enjoy outdoor activities, attend a banquet and dance, and make lasting friendships.The classes offered this summer are Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Genetics, Theater, Humanities, Mathematics, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Physics, Ancient Civilizations, Twentieth Century Poetry, Chinese, Computer Science, and Writing. Classes are small with an intense focus. Far from ordinary, these classes are made exhilarating by field trips, stimulating material, and passionate instructors who make learning a constant adventure.


Camp Type:
Year Established:
Age of Campers:
12 to 16
$500-$650/wk (Please contact camp for exact pricing.)
Nearest Large City:
Nashville, TN


  • Creative Writing
  • Gifted
  • History
  • Liberal Arts
  • Marine Science
  • Math
  • 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.)

VAMPY's dates for 2009 are June 28 - July 18. Cost is $1900. Limited financial aid is available to students on the basis of need.
VAMPY June 27 - July 17


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