There’s an article in Slate’s camping issue on gifted and talented camps, you know, where instead of canoeing you cram a semester’s worth of study into three weeks. The author went to CTY; I went to Duke’s TIP program. I think they were probably pretty similar - I went for the four years that were then available (I think now they have programs for much younger students) and took Satire, Chinese, Psychology Myth and Literature, and Film and Video.
We also had Mandantory Fun - once square dancing, once African dance, and I forget the other two. We had Quadfest, sort of like a nerd Olympics, and a talent show, and dances, and an Ultimate Frisbee tournament (for some reason the hardcore math kids always seemed to win it, while my classes always sucked donkey balls - probably partly because I was in them,) all that sort of thing. We had class for something like seven hours a day, but honestly it was tons and tons of fun.
Really, it was probably the first place I ever went where I felt like I fit in, but on the other hand I was suddenly a much smaller fish in a very different pond. Overall a really, really weird experience. Who else went to nerd camp? CTY, TIP, Governor’s School? I’m sure there’s something on the West Coast, right?