The West Virginia Youth Science Camp is a residential summer science education program, modeled after the long-standing National Youth Science Camp, for young scientists who have just completed their freshman year of high school. Students from across West Virginia are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.
The West Virginia Youth Science Camp is made possible through a partnership between the National Youth Science Foundation and the West Virginia Department of Education. This weeklong program, located at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley, WV, honors two outstanding high school sophomores from every county in West Virginia.
Through long-range planning and fundraising, the National Youth Science Foundation, a nonprofit organization, conducts comprehensive informal science education programs to honor, sustain, and encourage youth interest and excellence in science. These premier science programs provide opportunity for constructive interaction with peers and visiting scientists and emphasize the social value of thoughtful scientific careers.
The West Virginia Youth Science Camp program is strengthened through a philosophy that encourages delegates to experience each day by day. This philosophy permits the Staph* to plan special events that surprise the participants. This philosophy also encourages the delegates to give undistracted attention to guest presenters.