The Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute (GER²I) at Purdue University is an innovative center dedicated to the discovery and development of human potential. GER2I’s mission is holistic development of giftedness, creativity, and talents among individuals throughout their lifespan. This is accomplished through enrichment programs, professional development, and coursework for educators.
Address: Beering Hall 100 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (765) 494-7243
Gender of Campers: Male – Female – Any.
Special Needs Offered: See below.
Dates: From July 3rd to July 30th
Hours: From 7:00am to 11:00pm
Ages: Students from grades 5 to 12
Activities: Asides classes, GER²I camp counselors make time outside of class exciting through activities like a night at the movies, basketball, bowling, scavenger hunts, games and tournaments, trivia, and field trips.
Q&A with Purdue GER²I:
What makes Purdue GER²I unique?
GER²I has been serving gifted, creative, and talented students since its founding in 1974 and hosting summer residential enrichment programs since 1977. Every summer, students like you come to Purdue University and experience programs designed to stimulate their imaginations and expand their abilities. We also offer a variety of recreational activities and a chance for you to get a taste of college life as you live on campus in Purdue’s residence halls.
Here’s what you’ll experience at GER²I Summer Camp:
Intellectual Challenge – GER²I classes are small, challenging, fast-paced, and interactive.
Talented and Caring Staff – Our teachers thrive on sharing their knowledge and experience with students.
Outstanding Facilities – Purdue is a world-class research university, and GER²I students have the use of state-of-the-art laboratories, computing facilities, and a variety of libraries.
Friendships – GER²I attracts a diverse group of gifted, talented, and creative people from all over the world! You will find friends who share your interests and love of learning.
Personal Growth – With supervision, guidance, and support from the GER²I staff to help you adapt and thrive, you will live in residence halls, learn in university classrooms and labs, and take advantage of Purdue’s cultural and recreational facilities, just like college students.
What activities are offered at Purdue GER²I?
GER²I camp counselors make time outside of class exciting through activities like a night at the movies, basketball, bowling, scavenger hunts, games and tournaments, trivia, and field trips.
What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?
1 Counselor per 10 students (if they are 14 years old or over.)
1 Counselor per 8 students (if they are younger than 14 years old.)
How much time do the campers spend outside?
Students perform all activities within the Purdue Campus as GER²I is a summer residential program.
Does Purdue GER²I provide lunch/snacks or do parents need to provide them?
The award-winning Purdue dining courts offer something for everyone. The dining court serves a varied menu of hot meals, a salad bar stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables, juices and drinks, cereals, and sandwiches. Even picky eaters or those with special dietary needs will have an appetizing variety of healthy foods from which to choose. If your child has special dietary needs, please call GER2I at (765) 494-7243.
What is the typical daily schedule for campers?
7-8:30 AM: Breakfast
8:30-11:30 AM: Morning class
11:30 AM-1 PM: Lunch
1-4 PM Afternoon class
4-5 PM Meet with small groups
5-6 PM Dinner
6-7 PM Recreational activities/free time/ study time
7-9 PM Activity Sessions
9-11 PM Free/study time, group activities
11 PM Lights out/bed check (midnight on weekend)
How old are the counselors and how are they trained?
In the past, the GER²I camp counselor team has included Purdue undergraduate and graduate students, classroom teachers, school counselors, and others who enjoy working with or desire experience working with gifted youth.
The GER²I SRES counselors are the primary adult support that our kids have while on campus. Counselors are an integral component of our camp as they intentionally foster a sense of community within it. All of our counselors receive Youth and safety training required by PURDUE policy.
What accommodations are made for campers with special needs?
We are committed to making our programs accessible to twice-exceptional youth (campers with gifts and talents as well as a diagnosed disability). Although our camp counselors are caring and proactive professionals serving gifted and talented learners, they may not have expertise in your child’s special needs. Campers walk to class and dining daily, and we estimate that our campers walk 6 – 8 miles daily. Please consider these factors if your child requires extensive medications, behavioral intervention, or has physical limitations. GER²I reserves the right to determine whether we are able to provide needed accommodations and/or supports on a case-by-case basis.