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NYSCamp delegates and Jeff Gilbert building a complete solar electrical system.

Give with your Time and Talent

Charitable contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation (NYSF) are essential to sustaining the National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) and the other critical STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs operated by the NYSF. But you can also give back to the students and the NYSF by sharing your time and expertise as a volunteer presenter.

Apply to Be a Presenter

Openings at NYSCamp are available for lectures, directed studies, and directed overnighters. Direct questions to Dr. Andrew Blackwood ( or 304-205-9724 x91

Your energy and excitement can help us ensure that our delegates have a memorable experience. Help us invest in the future of these students to become STEM professionals by volunteering your time, talent and experience!


Each year we invite personable scholars to present lectures and lead directed studies (descriptions are below) to help nurture today’s young scientists. Because the Foundation covers all student participant expenses including travel, we host quite a diverse group. The students are enthusiastic and curious. They revel in an environment where they find, often for the first time, substantial peer support for their interests. They enjoy the attention of scientists and staff members who provide the intellectual nurturing they have craved, but not often received; excellence is cool and inquisitive minds are normal. The atmosphere is relaxed and offers a beautiful retreat from the demands of everyday life.

We must plan carefully to meet basic program needs and ensure that the programs are offered free of cost to the students; therefore, we cannot offer honorariums. We do, however, pay for travel expenses, provide accommodations, and treat you to some of the best meals ever offered in a camp setting. Our visiting presenters enjoy the compensation of knowing they help honor and encourage young students who are exceptional scholars and leaders among their peers.


A Lecture is a 50 to 75 minute presentation with the whole camp as the audience. It is usually a thought-provoking presentation of a scientist’s work and the relation of that work to society. Because of the size of the group, lectures are not as interactive as directed studies. There is an opportunity, however, for a period of questions and responses following the presentation. Lectures should spur conversations and questions during dinner and other informal student/lecturer interaction.

A Directed Study is a hands-on, interactive small group experience. It lasts 60 to 75 minutes on each of three consecutive days. During the study, the presenter provides a model and a close guiding hand; the participants should be able to pose questions, develop conceptual understanding through exploration, and draw conclusions. Field trips to local sites are feasible.

A Directed Overnighter is similar to a directed study but takes place in the field during an overnight trip. Delegates leave camp after breakfast, spend the day in the field, camp overnight, continue field studies the following morning, and return to camp before dinner on the second day. Recent directed overnighters have included a study of Cranberry Glades, fossil hunting in the shadow of the Green Bank Telescope, forest succession in Canaan Valley, and an exploration of music and the sciences at West Virginia University.

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