TDI Summer Camp

Academic and Creative Summer Camp for Gifted Kids in Vermont

Mark your calendars for the Talent Development Institutes this summer. Participants experience challenging learning opportunities for one week or two weeks with dynamic faculty and stimulating peers. Come join the fun!

 TDI 2020 registration coming in February!

  • Choose week of June 21st and/or June 28th
  • Northern Vermont University-Johnson (formerly Johnson State College)
  • For those entering grades 4-9
  • Commuter and overnight options                                                         
“TDI has provided an environment where being intelligent is encouraged. TDI has given me confidence to be myself outside the camp and introduced me to friends I look forward to seeing each year.” (Camper)

TDI Summer Camp is a program for gifted students sponsored by the Talent Development Institute. TDI, which has taken place since 1998 at Johnson State College, is an enriching and delightful one or two weeks for gifted and talented youth entering grades 4-9. The Institute combines the relaxed atmosphere of a summer camp with new academic and creative opportunities. It is a place where kids go to learn, to grow and have fun with other gifted children, and with teachers who understand and support their giftedness.

This year we are celebrating our twenty-third year of the Talent Development Institute at Northern Vermont University-Johnson. For each of the two weeks, we’ll arrive on Sunday, get settled in, enjoy five days of strands (classes) and fun activities, and finish with a final program and good-bye (for those heading home) on Saturday. Overnight campers attending both weeks will have the option of going home the Saturday night between sessions or joining us (see Tuition Form for fee) for the Saturday overnight between sessions.

More than ever, TDI participants will experience fun, stimulating, and challenging learning opportunities with dynamic faculty and intellectual peers.  Students entering grades 4–9 will participate in week-long classes, daily exploratory activities, and (for resident campers) evening entertainment and exercise – including use of the college pool.


Both weeks’ schedule formats will be similar to each other and to that of last year’s TDI. We have a great mix of classes each year, with something for a variety of types of learners and thinkers! Past offerings have included:  Collaborative Storytelling, Fun Stuff With Videos, CSI Science, Meme Making, Character Design, Primordial: Mutate or Survive, Adopt a Star, TDI Quilt, Magic the Gathering, Dragonology, Rube Goldberg Machines, Music Making, Improv, and Computer Game Design. There is enough variety of offerings between the two weeks for a camper to thoroughly enjoy attending both weeks.

We are pleased to offer the Leadership Program for students entering grades 10-12 who have previously been TDI participants.  This program spans three years.  The first year participants are part camper/part leader.  They meet for Leadership activities in the mornings, and choose from classes for campers in the afternoons. For more information, see our website at  or contact Lucy Gage Bogue at

 The Program

TDI may be experienced as a commuter or as an overnight camper.  Students engage in a variety of unique strands (classes) that nurture the students’ common love of learning.  Staff at TDI are skilled at fostering students’ current passions and sparking their interest in new passions.

While we strive to give students the academic challenge and stimulation they crave, we are not an intense academic program. We encourage hands-on, creative, and meaningful learning.  At the same time, we create an accepting environment with a multitude of opportunities for fun and friendship.

Overnight campers are supervised by Institute staff, with housing in the college dormitories.  Dinner is at 5:30 each evening, followed by evening activities at 6:30 p.m.  We are asking overnight campers to arrive between 2 and 4 on the beginning Sunday of each week. Dinner is provided each Sunday.

Check-in for commuters begins at 8:00 each morning.  Monday morning begins with a brief opening session for everyone at 8:15, with classes starting at 8:30.  Lunch is provided Monday through Friday for all participants at 11:45. After lunch and a short rest time (“siesta”), the two afternoon classes begin at 1 pm. During our break at 2:30 we have our daily meeting and sign up for a guided exploratory class that meets after our last class period, from 4:30-5:30 in the afternoon.  Commuter pick-up is at 5:30 p.m. each weekday.

Students are assigned to strands based on the choices sent in with their registration forms.  These strands run from Monday through Friday, with a final program for parents, staff and campers on Saturday morning.  Our Saturday morning program, which usually starts at 10:00, is designed to share the weeks’ activities with parents. After the program, parents of overnight campers who are not spending Saturday night between sessions go with their children to the dorms, pack up, return keys, sign out, and head home.

Special Note:  For overnight participants, the Talent Show is held each Friday evening; please be sure to bring your instruments, costumes, magic tricks, or whatever else you might need if you choose to participate.

 The Faculty

TDI is staffed partly by experienced Vermont educators, some with Master’s degrees in educating the gifted; partly by experts in their fields; and partly by Institute alumni (gifted learners themselves, some old enough now to also be experts in their fields!).  Classes have low student-to-teacher ratio, averaging 10 to 12 students per class.

Questions and Further Information

Please contact TDI Co-Director, Lucy Gage Bogue, at  with questions and requests.   Student classes fill quickly; each class is filled (for the most part) on a first-come, first-served basis.


 Deadline for TDI registration is June 1 each year.

(a $30 late fee is charged after this date)

 * Scholarship Applications for both weeks are due May 1 each year.


The Green Mountain Center for Gifted Education, the sponsor of the Talent Development Institute, is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit whose mission is affirming, educating, and supporting gifted youth and their families.