Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program

Since the first camp in 1983, the Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program has been committed to fostering the development of gifted adolescents in the quantitative, verbal, and social areas. The teachers are all college professors who possess a special interest in gifted education. Our program offers the same educational opportunity for the gifted as similar summer programs throughout the United States, but at a fraction of the cost. Classes are challenging, yet fun. Creativity is emphasized and channeled both directly and indirectly. Many campers return year after year.

The dates for 2022 are Sunday, June 19 through Saturday, July 2.

The cost of the program is $1,300 for two weeks of classes, room, and board. Day camper rates and sibling discounts are also available.

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  • Curriculum

    Students are grouped according to grade and ability level and attend classes from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, with a lunch break at noon. Our program offers classes in mathematics, physics, computer science, creative writing, history, and environmental science. Typically, students are grouped by grade as follows:

    • Elementary: 5th and 6th grade
    • Intermediate: 7th and 8th grade
    • Advanced: 9th and 10th grade
    • College Prep: 11th and 12th grade

    Professors will adjust difficulty levels for students on an individual basis within each class. A major component of our curriculum focuses on integrating mathematics, physics, and computer science. Students perform physics experiments, learn the mathematical concepts behind them, and then use computer programming to model the problems.

    With the goal of increasing verbal skills, we emphasize in-class discussion, use of library resources, oral presentations, and written essays in both creative writing and social studies courses. Although formal letter grades are not used, feedback is given in the form of written comments on papers and informal conferences with parents at the end of the program. Students typically excel in this academic setting where they are surrounded by peers with similar talents and abilities.

    Click on the link for each group above to see detailed course descriptions.

  • Residence Halls

    Students are supervised in the residence hall by college-age counselors who are selected on the basis of academic and leadership skills, and are directly responsible to the Administrator and Director.

    Students will be housed in Fleming residence hall. They are paired with age-mates and the boys and the girls are on separate floors. The residence hall is air conditioned. Students may bring fans, but it is not necessary to bring them. There are laundry machines in the residence halls for $1.25/load, payable by quarters or credit/debit card.

    Students may also bring refrigerators, and a small amount of food. Caffeine is not allowed. Caffeinated drinks and copious amounts of junk food will be confiscated.

  • Recreation

    Besides academics, the camp offers extensive facilities: a swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, a walking trail, a full library, a planetarium, and a new arts center. Activities include movies, guest speakers, group activities, two short trips off campus, and a talent show at the end of camp. A particular favorite of our campers is attending Festival Friday at Jawbone park in downtown Buckhannon which features music, entertainment, and other activities. Day campers are encouraged to attend our weekend activities.

  • Safety, Security, and Health

    Student safety, security and health are our first priority. The city of Buckhannon, WV has a population of about 5500 and crime rates are very low in this rural setting. Campus security officers are available 24 hours a day and conduct regular rounds. Students are always accompanied by a counselor or staff member on and off campus. Our staff, faculty, and counselors have all passed background checks and our counselors are certified in first aid, including CPR training. The Campus health center is staffed by nurses and in the event of a medical emergency, the local hospital is only one mile away.

    Because West Virginia Wesleyan College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, we also adhere to the “Safe Sanctuary” Policy developed by the West Virginia Conference of the UMC. This policy sets standards for the supervision of children, permission and liability release forms, cyber safety, and all activities involving children.

    Food Allergies: Several campers each year have food allergies. Our dining hall Executive Chef works with each family to ensure that foods containing allergens are clearly marked or not served at all if a child has a particularly strong allergy.

    Bullying: We have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bullying. In addition to being standard awkward teens, our students are also nerdy and have typically experienced bullying at home. Our program is meant to be a safe place where awkward, nerdy teens can revel in being who they are. Bullying and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.

  • Classes

    Students are in class from 9:00 A.M. to noon and from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. There is a supervised study hall where part of the assignments are completed each evening from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. Lights out in the dorm is 11:00 P.M. following a quiet time from 10:00 to 11:00 P.M.

    Day campers are encouraged to participate in the evening activities before heading home for the night.

    Supplies: In addition to paper and pens/pencils, we recommend that your child bring a calculator and a backpack. If your student would like to bring a laptop computer or ipad, that is fine, but the Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program is not responsible for these items.

    Smartphones: We recognize that prying the smartphone from your child’s hand might cause broken bones (yours, not theirs) and so we have learned to deal with them in class. Some faculty prefer that the smartphones stay off and in the backpack while other faculty allow their use for specific classroom exercises. We would appreciate if you have a discussion with your child about smartphones and courtesy before the start of camp.

  • For the Musically Inclined

    Practice Rooms are located across campus in Loar Hall, if students would like to bring a musical instrument to practice, or need a stage to prepare for the talent show. Pianos are available on the lower floor.

  • Creativity

    The creative process is stressed both directly and indirectly in our program. We often invite guests from the community to share their work with our students. During recent years, a variety of artists, including poets, film producers, water-colorists, musicians, and potters have all made presentations. We place a spotlight on student creativity with a talent show on the last evening of the program.