About the National Youth Science Camp

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.

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.

National Youth Science Camp® 2012 has concluded.  This page remains online as a digital yearbook for the delegates.  The archives have been password protected to preserve the camp experience for future delegates.  For information about programs coming soon, please visit the National Youth Science Foundation®

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.

* a traditional spelling to highlight their infectious enthusiasm

See Delegate ProfilesDelegate Profiles: See who represented your state

Delegates to the National Youth Science Camp represent the highest levels of academic achievement in science and mathematics.  Two graduating Seniors are selected by the Governor of each state to act as delegates to the NYSC. To learn more about the delegates representing your state, visit the delegate profile index.