Born out of a desire to help gifted students from all socioeconomic levels, Camp Launch provides eligible seventh- and eighth-grade students with enrichment and academic opportunities. The children are recruited from school districts around Virginia. They participate in a two-week residential program with courses in STEM, writing, and personal development.
Camp Launch has four goals:
- to deliver advanced instruction in academic content, such as STEM, writing, academic self-efficacy, and personal development;
- to provide enrichment opportunities in a wide variety of content areas;
- to encourage the development of peer support networks; and
- to develop in campers a future orientation that includes a college education, along with preparation that will help them take advantage of enabling opportunities to achieve that goal.