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Academic Summer Camps: Are They Worth It?

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CON: They aren’t fun for everyone.

Liz Albert, senior director of academic programs and services for the Center for Talented Youth (CTY), says that while the enthusiasm for learning can be “infectious,” academic camps are not right for some kids. “Students who really struggle to follow rules or to get along with others will be at risk of not succeeding,” she says. “Students just not willing to do their academic work also will not succeed.” If you have a reluctant learner, surrounding her with bookworms and math masters will likely do more harm than good.