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National Youth Science Camp Program

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This program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, the state of West Virginia and the National Youth Science Foundation, and is aimed at high academic achievers with a demonstrated interest in the sciences.

The National Youth Science Camp is an intense residential science education program for young scientists.  In a rustic setting, students are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies. They also have many opportunities to push themselves physically in an extensive outdoor program in order to gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors and establish friendships that last a lifetime.

What Will Participants Do?

Scientists from across the nation who work on some of the most interesting topics in science today will present lectures and conduct hands-on science seminars.  They will be available to interact with students after the talks.  The participants in the camps will be challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, the arts, and music with resident staff members. The participants will also have an opportunity to present seminars covering their own areas of interest and research.  The participants will visit Washington, D.C. to take advantage of access to some of the premier scientific, governmental, and cultural facilities in the United States.  The experience includes three overnight expeditions in Monongahela National Forest featuring backpacking, rock-climbing, caving, mountain biking, or kayaking.