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So my son was nominated by some of his teachers to attend this event in D.C. next summer. Its not cheap, and I am not super thrilled about putting him on a plane and sending him off with nobody he knows to a conference in D.C. with people he doesn't know for a week. He is 13. And he is a very advanced kid for his age when it comes to school work, but still a 13 year old boy as far as maturity goes.

I may just go with him, and then sight see while he attends the conference.

Has anyone had experience with this? Is it worth it?




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I have some experience here. I taught middle school for nearly a decade and saw several organizations (including this one) host "experiences" for "advanced, gifted, talented, special" kids at premium prices.

What many of my students' parents told me was all the different "conferences" were basically glorified summer camps with an exorbitant price tag. They also told me that attendance in one of the conferences "opened doors" to basically a million other "exclusive" opportunities put on by other organizations...organizations they found to be owned by the same larger parent company.

Many of the kids were later contacted by scholarship agencies (owned by the same company who hosted the other events) who made big promises of finding scholarships...for a fee.


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Most are wildly expensive... there are some legit camps out there. Boys State, Model UN .... we send cadets to a SLC Senior Leadership Camp and Drill camps but those are ran by specific organizations with specific requirements.


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Originally posted by rsbolo:
I have some experience here. I taught middle school for nearly a decade and saw several organizations (including this one) host "experiences" for "advanced, gifted, talented, special" kids at premium prices.

What many of my students' parents told me was all the different "conferences" were basically glorified summer camps with an exorbitant price tag. They also told me that attendance in one of the conferences "opened doors" to basically a million other "exclusive" opportunities put on by other organizations...organizations they found to be owned by the same larger parent company.

Many of the kids were later contacted by scholarship agencies (owned by the same company who hosted the other events) who made big promises of finding scholarships...for a fee.



Thank you, this is kind of what I was worried about




- "This town reminds me of something in the bible."
- "Which part?"
- "The part right before god gets angry"
 
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