About the National Youth Science Camp

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The National Youth Science Camp® is a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.


NYSC 2016 was held June 15 – July 10, 2016

The National Youth Science Camp is made possible through the planning and fund-raising of the National Youth Science Foundation®, a nonprofit organization with a mission to honor, sustain, and encourage youth interest and excellence in science by conducting comprehensive informal science education programs that provide opportunity for constructive interaction with others and emphasize the social value of thoughtful scientific careers.

The National 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 numerous special events that surprise the participants. This philosophy also encourages the delegates to give undistracted attention to guest presenters. The National Youth Science Camp does not, therefore, publish detailed program calendars.

 The 2017 National Youth Science Camp applications are open. You must be a graduating high school senior (between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, to apply. Go to: www.apply.nysc.org
* a traditional spelling to highlight their infectious enthusiasm