Before you head off to college or start your career consider being a kid one last time. This is an all-expense paid camp. Yes, travel too! Did you hear me? Two delegates from each state as well as international student delegates will be invited to participate without financial obligation. Okay, you might need spending money. BONUS, delegates will also spend three days in Washington, D.C. This email only highlights portions of the camp. Visit NYSC2013 to find out more!
June 26 – July 20, 2013
Pocahontas State Park (20 miles from Richmond, Virginia)
What is the National Youth Science Camp?
The National Youth Science Camp is one of the nation’s premier programs in secondary science education offering a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.
Who should apply to the National Youth Science Camp?
Potential delegates to the NYSC must meet all of the following guidelines:
1. Be available to participate in the entire NYSC program;
2. Demonstrate superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics and/or the sciences;
3. Demonstrate an application of leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in both school and community activities;
4. Demonstrate skills and achievements outside the realm of science and outside the realm of academic pursuits; and
5. Demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.
What does the application consist of?
1. Delegate Application Cover Sheet
2. A letter detailing your qualifications, how you would benefit from the NYSC experience, and your thoughts on the social impacts of science,
3. A resume detailing your academic achievements and extra-curricular activities,
4. A recent academic transcript (including standardized test scores when possible), and
5. A letter of support from a teacher or research mentor emphasizing academic achievements, interest in sciences or mathematics, leadership potential, and well-rounded development.
How much does it cost to attend?
Delegates attend the National Youth Science Camp at no expense, transportation included. This has been true throughout the history of the camp so that selectees can attend regardless of their financial status. The National Youth Science Foundation will arrange round trip transportation from an airport near the delegate’s home to Charleston, West Virginia.
Where is the camp held?
The National Youth Science Camp is held at Camp Pocahontas near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands, close to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank and within the unique wilderness areas of the Monongahela National Forest. Because of the camp’s location, delegates have the opportunity to visit the NRAO as well as such West Virginia landmarks as the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, and several other destinations.
Why do the delegates travel to Washington, D.C.?
Because the National Youth Science Camp is only five hours from the nation’s capital, delegates are able to take advantage of the area’s extensive scientific and cultural offerings during a three-day trip. Each year, West Virginia’s senior member of the United States Senate honors the delegates with a luncheon attended by other members of the U.S. Senate. Recent keynote speakers include Dr. John Holdren; Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson; Dr. Michael Griffin, Administrator of NASA; and Mr. Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of the United States.
Arkansas's state coordinator is Michele Snyder.
Arkansas Department of Education
Science Program Advisor for Curriculum and Instruction
Council of State Science Supervisors member
National Science Teachers Association member
Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-B
Little Rock, AR 72201