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STARS Summer Camp

2024 Program Dates:
Sunday, June 16 - Thursday, June 20

A gifted summer program for ages 8 to 11

The goal of the STARS Summer Camp is to provide our Young Scholars the unique opportunity to attend a five day residential summer program focused on supporting their academic and social needs. Our bright students get the chance to build independence through a fun, short experience away from home.

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STARS Summer Camp Resources

The Davidson Institute's STARS Summer Camp provides an enjoyable away-from-home experience for bright students, promoting independence, fostering interaction with intellectual peers, featuring academic sessions led by Davidson Academy instructors, and ensuring continuous engagement in learning to prevent underachievement.

How to Apply

Applications from eligible students are submitted to a lottery system. Review how to prepare lottery application materials, the application and review process, and the lottery process.


Along with being a Davidson Young Scholar, see other eligibility criteria to apply to STARS Summer Camp.

Tuition & Fees

Learn about STARS Summer Camp's program fees, refund policy, and financial aid.

Why Choose STARS?

  • Offer bright students the chance to build independence through a fun, short experience away from home
  • Increase interaction among intellectual peers
  • Provide Young Scholars the opportunity to participate in academic sessions facilitated by Davidson Academy instructors
  • Keep students engaged in learning to prevent underachievement

STARS Summer Camp


Students explore different academic topics throughout the week.

Campus Life

We are located on the beautiful University of Nevada, Reno campus. Learn more about University housing and dining.

Schedule & Activities

Learn more about what a typical day at STARS looks like.

Policies & Resources

We have extensive information to help your family prepare for camp.

Our Team

Our experienced team prepares year-round for a memorable summer.


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Currently Enrolled Families

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STARS Summer Camp Overview

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My child really enjoyed the program as well as the residential experience. The counselors were also fantastic, which really make the experience more special.

STARS Parent

The STARS staff are amazing! From the open house Zoom meeting to the email communication, the staff share all the information and answer questions. That means a lot to families, especially when it is the first time for the students to have overnight camp in a completely new environment.

STARS Parent

This was our child's first time at an overnight camp. She LOVED it! She said, "Sorry, but I didn't miss you guys at all," when we asked her if she got homesick! She loved Dr. Ian De Jong's Character Builder class--she said he was a fantastic teacher! As a parent, I liked that we had access to an outstanding photo stream--it put my mind at ease to see pictures of her with friends and enjoying activities. I also appreciated the many avenues for connection with other Davidson parents while we were here.

STARS Parent

At STARS, kids meet other kids with similar interests and temperament.  Kids get the chance to be independent and build confidence. Amazing!

STARS Parent

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