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The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students

Dates: June 9 - 21, 2019


It’s my second home. It’s somewhere where I feel comfortable being myself.

— Addie Blankinship, SCATS 2016-18

I keep coming back because the classes cover stuff you wouldn’t regularly learn at school.

— Megan Batson, SCATS 2016-18

 I really like hanging out with people who have similar interests to mine.

— David Abel, SCATS 2016-18

At my school, nobody really understands what I talk about, but everybody here knows exactly what I’m saying.

— Kayla Hanvey, SCATS 2018

I’ve done other gifted camps before, but the class options for SCATS are way better.

— Calloway Bills, SCATS 2016-18

The community is great. The atmosphere here is really positive, and it’s really fun.

— Logan Stewart, SCATS 2018


A two-week camp held in June, SCATS offers high-ability students who have finished grades 6–8 a unique learning environment to explore new ideas, develop concepts, make friends, and share experiences. Students arrive at the WKU campus from counties around Kentucky, states across the nation, and countries to challenge themselves academically and to meet like-minded peers with diverse diverse backgrounds and interests.

Students may choose the residential or the nonresidential option. Nonresidential students attend classes, eat lunch with their fellow campers, and return home in the afternoon; residential campers participate in evening and weekend activities and live on WKU's campus in an air-conditioned residence hall under the supervision on camp counselors.

SCATS provides a diverse curriculum and a wide range of enrichment experiences for about 200 middle school students every summer. Course options change each year but always range from the arts and humanities to mathematics and sciences. From a list of about 30 classes, students rank their top ten choices and are placed in four, which they attend every weekday.

Teachers are drawn from the WKU faculty, outstanding area teachers, and students in the WKU graduate program in gifted studies. They structure their courses around students’ interests and understand how to go beyond the limitations of the traditional classroom to allow students to learn at higher levels and to think and create in their own ways. For a list of last year’s courses, go here.

Though academics are at the heart of SCATS, emphasis is also placed on the social aspects of camp. Campers participate in a wide range of activities that, many of which camp activities are created by their counselors, most of whom are college students who attended SCATS themselves. Whether they are competing in Ultimate Frisbee, making friendship bracelets, eating at cookouts, or playing card games campers come together as a community where everyone is accepted and learning is celebrated.

In many cases, the friendships students form at SCATS are life-long. “It’s not just a learning camp,” one participant remarked. “It’s a place where you feel accepted, loved and respected by your friends. A place you will never want to leave.”

Some need-based financial assistance is available for campers for whom the expense might prevent attendance. Contact us by emailing gifted@wku.edu or by calling (270) 745-6323 for more information.

Learn more about the SCATS experience by exploring the stories and photo galleries from recent years.

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Dates:  June 9 - 21, 2019



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