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Davidson Summer Program Benefits

Why Choose Our Summer Programs?

The Davidson Institute developed THINK in 2004 to offer a unique and challenging summer opportunity to highly motivated, gifted students. Since that time, the interest in summer programming for gifted youth has grown, allowing us to expand and offer three different opportunities: STARS, REACH, and THINK. We collaborated with the University of Nevada, Reno (home of the Davidson Academy), so students can have access to university resources and gain experience living on campus.

While each program offers unique experiences, they all share common goals and opportunities:


Meet intellectual peers from all over the country


Participate in new, ambitious academic topics and activities


Build independence through a short stay away from home


Discover the University of Nevada, Reno campus, and the Davidson Academy


Count on our team to develop programming with profoundly gifted students’ needs as the focus

Success Stories

We believe in the benefits of summer camp! Camp experience has been shown to increase self-esteem, peer relationships, exploration, and more. Here is what some of our families have to say about our camp:

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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
Students attending Summer STARS camp

"Having our child be so happy around so many other children that are similar to him made our hearts glad! He melted right in and could just be who he is! THANK YOU!!"

STARS Parent
Students at Summer STARS camp

"I especially enjoyed the fact that the courses were challenging -- that fact alone helped me see more potential in myself"

THINK Student
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"THINK was very important to me, socially. Many of my best friends were made at THINK. Being surrounded by like-minded peers was truly a boon for me. While I had nothing against my age-peers back home, it was always apparent to me that I was slightly different to them. At THINK I was essentially just a normal kid. I related to the students there much more and I became much closer to them because of it."

THINK Student