Summer Gifted Opportunities
2018 Summer Opportunities in Kentucky of Interest to Gifted and Talented Students compiled by the Kentucky Association for Gifted education (KAGE)

The summer programs listed here are just a sample of the opportunities available to gifted students.  Your child’s teacher or district G/T coordinator may be able to provide you with additional options.  Many Kentucky universities, community colleges, and city governments offer summer programs that would be of interest to high ability young people.  At the end of this list are some websites with listings for these and other compilations for area summer camps.  We suggest thinking about your child’s interests and looking accordingly - for instance, many musical and theatre companies, museums, and nature preserves and parks offer summer camps.  Thanks to everyone who sent information. Please let the camps know that you heard about them through KAGE. Many of these camps have early registration deadlines, so contact them as soon as possible if you are interested. All information is accurate to the best of our knowledge.  Inclusion in this document does not mean a recommendation or endorsement by KAGE, but is offered only as a service to families and educators of gifted children. It is not to be considered an exhaustive list.  

Please become a member of KAGE and support efforts such as this compilation of opportunities. Kentucky Association for Gifted Education  •  kage@wku.edu  •  270.745.4301   •  www.kagegifted.org

  • CLICKING ON BOLDED WEBSITES WILL TAKE YOU TO THAT SITE. * = residential option_____________________________
  • Camp Explore (The Center for Gifted Studies, WKU) Bowling Green; rising 2nd-4th graders, June 4-9, 2018 gifted@wku.edu, 270.745.6323; http://www.wku.edu/gifted/camp_explore/index.php _________________________________
  • Camp Innovate (The Center for Gifted Studies, WKU) Bowling Green; rising 4th-6th graders, July 9-13, 2018 gifted@wku.edu, 270.745.6323; http://www.wku.edu/gifted/camp_innovate/index.php ______________________________
  • *SCATS - The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students (The Center for Gifted Studies, WKU) Bowling Green; rising 7th-9th graders; June 10-22, 2018 gifted@wku.edu, 270.745.6323; http://www.wku.edu/gifted/scats/index.php _________________________________
  • *VAMPY - The Summer Program for Verbally & Mathematically Precocious Youth (The Center for Gifted Studies, WKU) Bowling Green; rising 8th-11th graders, June 24-July 14, 2018 gifted@wku.edu, 270.745.6323; http://www.wku.edu/gifted/vampy/ _________________________________
  • *Accounting Career Awareness Program Summer Camp (University of Louisville & University of Kentucky) Louisville; June 24-28, 2018; Lexington; July 29-August 2, 2018; rising 10th-12th graders acap@nabaglc.org; 859.608.1295; http://www.nabaglc.org/acap/application.html _________________________________
  • AquaBots Camp (Franklin-Simpson Schools Exploratorium) Franklin; rising 7th-9th graders, June 4-8, 2018 robin.hollingsworth@simpson.kyschools.us; 270.586.3909 _________________________________
  • Artkids (Lexington Parks and Recreation) Lexington; ages 7-12, various weeks July 2018 sbuvkles@lexingtonky.gov; 859.288.2048; https://www.lexingtonky.gov/artkids _________________________________
  • Art Matters Summer Camp (Mod for Pop art, Frank Lloyd Wright, Vincent Van Gogh, French Impressionism & more) Bowling Green; K-Jr. High; various weeks June-July, 2018 270.781.0361; https://www.artmatterscommunitystudiogallery.com/summer-art-camps-2018._________________________________________
  • Aviation Camp (Aviation Museum of Kentucky) Bowling Green, Hazard, Pikeville, Lexington, Louisville; ages 10-16 depending on camp; various weeks summer 2018 camps2018@aviationky.org, 859.353.0467; https://www.aviationky.org/order/default.asp?page=CampDates
  • Area Health Education Center (AHEC) South Kentucky Health Camps Letcher County, current 6th-8th graders, June 26-28, 2018 Highlands Regional Camp, current 8th-11th graders, June 18-22, 2018 Perry County, current 5th-8th graders, July 10-13, 2018 Harlan County, current 7-9th graders July 17-19, 2018 mperry0036@kctcs.edu; 606.377.3400 x 214, https://www.southeastkyahec.com/summer-camps _________________________________
  • Awesome Inc. U Week of Code Summer Camp Lexington; ages 10-15; various weeks June-July 2018 info@awesomeincu.com; 859.960.4600; https://www.awesomeincu.com/weekofcode/ _________________________________
  • Berea Leadership Experience Berea; rising grades 2-8, July 16-20, 2018 kim.kobersmith@gmail.com; https://www.facebook.com/bereakidslead/ _________________________________
  • Bethune Institute & Pleasant Green STEAM Camp Lexington; grades K-6, weekly June 4-29, 2018 pglc21@yahoo.com; 859.684.4278, http://www.bethuneedcorp.org/ ________________________________
  • *Blast Off Camp (Morehead State University) Morehead; rising 9th-10th graders; June 24-29, 2018 craftacademy@moreheadstate.edu; http://www.moreheadstate.edu/Academics/Craft-Academy/Go-For-Launch _________________________________
  • Bricks 4 Kidz Legos Camp, (Jr. Robotics, Extreme Ninjas, Galaxy Far Away, Super Heroes & more) Lexington; ages 5-14 depending on class; various weeks June-August 2018 tmorris@bricks4kidz.com, 859.433.1515; http://www.bricks4kidz.com/kentucky-lexington-georgetown/summer-camps/ _________________________________
  • Broadway Workshop (The Carson Center) Paducah; ages 9-18, June 11-16, 2018, Missoula Children’s Theatre Summer Musical, June 16-20, 2018 mkatz@thecarsoncenter.org, 270.440.4444; https://thecarsoncenter.org/class-acts/summer-opportunities _________________________________
  • Burkesville Academy of Fine Arts Summer Camp Burkesville; preschool-12th graders, various dates June 2018 burkesvillearts@gmail.com, 270.459.2199 _______________________________
  • Camp ArtyFact (Secret Life of Pets, Field Journaling, Nature Journal Boot Camp, & more(Kentucky Historical Society) Frankfort; ages 6-12, various weeks June-July 2018 greg.hardison@ky.gov, 502.564.1792 x 4408; https://history.ky.gov/camp-artyfact/ _________________________________
  • Camp Cardiac (University of Louisville School of Medicine) Louisville; high school 15 -18 ; June 25-29, 2018 http://www.campcardiac.org/louisville.html _________________________________
  • Camp Carnegie 2018 (Podcast U, Top Chef, Jr. Journalists, & more) (Carnegie Ctr for Literacy & Learning) Lexington; rising 6th-8th graders, various weeks July 2018 ccll1@carnegiecenterlex.org, 859.254.4175 x 21; http://carnegiecenterlex.org/ _________________________________
  • Camp Curiosity (The Lexington School) Lexington; ages 3 -8th grade depending on camps, summer 2018 campcuriosity@thelexingtonschool.org; https://www.thelexingtonschool.org/Page/Programs/Summer-Camp-Programs _________________________________
  • Club SciKidz (Emergency Vet, Jr. Meteorologist, Robot Mechanic, & more) Louisville; ages 4-15; various times June-July 2018 http://www.clubscikidzkentucky.com/ _________________________________
  • *Camp InnerSpace (Eastern Kentucky University Department of Psychology) Richmond; high school students, June 10-15, 2018 jim.johns@wku.edu; http://summercamps.eku.edu/events/camp-innerspace-june-10-15-2018 _________________________________
  • Camp Innovation Pathways to College (Northern Kentucky University) Highland Heights; grades K-9, June 11-15, 2018 gifted@nku.edu, 859.572.6685; http://inside.nku.edu/gifted.html
  • Camp Invention Various locations all around Kentucky http://campinvention.org/ _________________________________
  • Camp Neuro (University of Louisville School of Medicine) Louisville; high school, June 18-22, 2018 http://www.campneuro.org/louisville.html _________________________________
  • Camp Shakespeare (Kentucky Shakespeare Company) Louisville, Frankfort, Locust Grove; ages 4-18 depending on program, various weeks June-July 2018 hannah@kyshakespeare.com, 502.574.9900; http://www.kyshakespeare.com/education/camps/ _________________________________
  • Camp S.T.E.A.M. (Secret Agent Science, STEAM Immersion, & more) Bowling Green; ages 9-12, Warren County students only, June 18-22, 2018 https://kysciencecenter.org/science-travels-to-you/schools-out-science-camps/#WarrenCounty _________________________________
  • Camp WAVE (Shark Week, Backyard BioBlitz, River Monsters, & more) (Newport Aquarium/WAVE Foundation) Newport; K-8th grade, various weeks June-July 2018 lbeatty@wavefoundation.org, 859.815.1422; https://wavefoundation.org/education/campwave/summer-camp/ ________________________________
  • Can You Dig It? History Camp (Jefferson County Public Schools at the Portland Museum) Louisville; grades 5-9; June 25-29 & July 16-20, 2018 tlee@iglou.com; 502.776.7678 _________________________________
  • CINSAM Summer Camps (astronomy, Lego EV3 Robotics, Science Superstars & more (Northern Kentucky University) Highland Heights; K-8 graders; various weeks June-July 2018 cinsam@nku.edu, 859.572.5600; https://inside.nku.edu/artsci/centers/cinsam/p12students/summercamps.html _________________________________
  • CINSAM Summer STEM Academy (earth & space, engineering, Science Superstars & more (Northern Kentucky University) Highland Heights: rising 9th-12th grades ; various weeks June-July 2018 cinsam@nku.edu, 859.572.5600; https://inside.nku.edu/artsci/centers/cinsam/p12students/summercamps.html ___________________________________________________
  • Challenger Learning Center of KY Summer Camps (Astronauts, Spy Academy, Bubbles, Battlebots, Cartoons, & more) Hazard; ages 5-16, various weeks May, June, July 2018 tom.cravens@kctcs.edu, 606.487.3049; http://www.clcky.com/summer.html ___________________________________________________
  • Christian County STEM Camp Hopkinsville; middle school, June 4-21 daniel.przybylski@christian.kyschools.us _____________________________
  • Cincinnati Museum Center Camp (Jr. Jedi, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Super STEAM, & more) Northern Kentucky & Cincinnati; grades K-8; various weeks May-August 2018 kenderle@cincymuseum.org; 513.728.0082; http://www.cincymuseum.org/programs/museum-camp _____________________________
  • Circus Mojo Summer Camp (Juggling, Theatrical Clowning, Acrobatics, & more) Ludlow; ages 7-17; various days June-August 2018 859.360.7757; http://www.circusmojo.com/programs/summer-camps _____________________________
  • Compass Creative Dramatics presents (Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center) Bowling Green; rising 1st-12th graders; July 10-15, 2017 tdeaton@theskypac.com; 270.904.7009; http://theskypac.com/education/ ______________________________
  • *Conservation Camps (Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources) Kentucky Lake, Lake Cumberland, or Grayson Lake; grades 4 - 6, various times throughout summer 2018 800.858.1549; http://fw.ky.gov/Education/Pages/Summer-Camps.aspx _________________________________
  • Dungeons and Dragons Summer Camp Lexington; ages 5-18 depending on camp, summer 2018 PlaidElephantProps@gmail.com; 615.618.4514;  https://www.plaidelephantprops.com/camps.html _______________________________
  • *EKU Summer Theatre Intensive (Eastern Kentucky University) Richmond; rising grades 11-12; July 15-22, 2018 859.624.4242; https://www.ekutheatre.com/