The following links will direct you to websites / resources which you may find valuable, interesting, and good food for thought!

National Association for Gifted Children:

Parenting Gifted Children:

Summer Opportunities for Students:

2014 Summer Program Options for Elementary and Middle School Students

( posted by Office of Advanced Academics April 2014)

Following is a list of summer program options for children in the Frederick area. The list certainly is not inclusive, but provides some possible options that address a wide variety of student interests. In providing the list, the Office of Advanced Academics of Frederick County Public Schools is not endorsing or promoting the programs, but is simply offering information as a service to parents and children. The programs, phone numbers and web addresses are accurate as of April, 2014, but subject to change without notice.

• Maryland Summer Centers for Gifted and Talented Students are sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education and are held in locations throughout the state. Information and online registration are available in February at

• FCPS Earth and Space Science Camps for grades 2-10-For more information and to register, please visit the top right column of: .

• Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University. Advanced screening process, including testing, is required. Information for this program is available at 1-410-516-0278 or at

• Frederick Community College offers year round programs for students. Parents may call 301-624-2820 to be added to the mailing list or visit, Programs for Children.

• Summer Institute for the Gifted offers high quality summer programs for academically advanced students in grades 4-11 at prestigious institutions of higher learning. This two-week program is costly. For more information call 1-866-303-4744 or

• Rose Hill Manor offers history camps for students in the summer. Information is available at 301-600-1650 or visit .

• Delaplaine Visual Arts Center offers many classes for students in grades preschool through high school in the arts. Parents may call 301-698-0656 or visit to request a brochure or to be added to the mailing list.

• YMCA offers summer programs for students. Information is available at 301-663-5131 or

at .

• Hood Athletics Summer Camps for boys and girls of various ages in Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Volleyball and Field Hockey are available at .

• Hood College offers swimming classes. Information is available at the Aquatics Center at

• Mount St. Mary’s University Residential/Commuter Soccer Camp is sponsored by the Rob Ryerson Professional Soccer School and offers weeklong soccer camps for both boys and girls from ages 10-18. Information is available at 301-447-5383 or

• Dream Catcher Farm, located in Adamstown, Maryland, offers summer riding camps for one or more weeks, with limited enrollment available. The farm features an indoor and outdoor riding rink. Camp includes riding instruction, training in horsemanship, horse care, trail rides and arts and crafts (1-301-607-4238).

• Frederick Arts Council sponsors programs (301-662-4190).

• Full Summer Camp Search Information is available at

• Clustered Spires Golf Course offers golf camps for students all summer (301-624-1295).

• The Frederick SportsPlex offers summer sport camps. Information is available at 301-662-6866 or at .

• Fountain Rock Park and Nature Center is rich in natural and historical interest and offers many hands on programs for children. Information is available at 301-898-1460 or at

• Life and Discovery is a learning institute for enrichment and discovery. Classes include math, Chinese studies, reading and writing. Information is available at 301-631-6838 or .

• GEMS/YES Program Young Engineers and Scientists (GEMS/YES) program prepares middle and high school students in the studies of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Local magazines, published each spring, provide information about additional summer youth programs. These magazines, which usually may be obtained at no cost in grocery stores, doctor’s offices and real estate offices in Frederick County, are:.

• Family, 301-662-8171 or

• The Recreator (a free brochure prepared by Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation) 301-600-2936 or

• Child Guide, 540-955-2004 or

Other Resources:

Gifted Students' Social, Emotional & Achievement Issues

Resources for Gifted Children with Special Needs (ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities (LD), Asperger Syndrome, etc.) "Twice Exceptional"

Compiled by Meredith G. Warshaw, M.S.S., M.A.

Fostering Academic Creativity in Gifted Students

by Kathy Goff | Paul Torrance
Source: Educational Resource Information Center (U.S. Department of Education)