FAQ’s

Who is eligible to attend GAMES?

Girls who are entering 9th through 12 grades in Fall 2017 are eligible to apply.  Applicants should have demonstrated an interest in math and science through academic achievements and a strong commitment to developing their abilities in math and science.  Some camps may have pre-requisite courses. Check the pre-requisites for your camp of interest in the detailed section of each track option.

Where is GAMES held?

GAMES takes place on the beautiful campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.website11

Campers will stay with live-in female camp counselors in student housing on the university campus. Most projects and demonstrations will be conducted at University of Illinois campus buildings, though some camps include field trips at off-site locations.  Many evening activities take place on the UIUC campus, though some may be held in other locations in Urbana-Champaign.

When is GAMES?

Check under Important Dates for the dates of 2017 camp.

How much is GAMES?

Tuition for GAMES is $1,000 for each track.  The total camp costs cover tuition, housing in a University Residence Hall, meals, snacks, classes, lab materials, field trips, evening activities, and of course, a camp t-shirt.

Financial aid is also available for those who qualify.

What happens during GAMES?

Campers spend the week of camp working on a science or engineering team project, learning about various engineering and science disciplines. Campers participate in exciting hands-on demonstrations while working with other young women who share similar interests in math and science. For more information, click here!

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My daughter does not live in Illinois. Are there other girls from out-of-state?

While many of our campers are from Illinois, we are seeing more and more out-of-state campers every year! Last year alone, we had campers from Georgia, New York, Texas, and even China! The GAMES Administrative Staff will be happy to assist with the logistics of traveling as needed. While you are responsible for getting your daughter to and from Champaign, we will assist in picking her up/dropping her off at the airport or train/bus station if needed.

Will my daughter be safe at GAMES?

At GAMES we keep our staff-to-camper ratios small (typically 1:8). While we want to give your daughter the ‘college experience,’ we aim to ensure that your daughters are in small groups and cared for at all times. That means that your daughter will never be on or off campus without at least one GAMES counselor or staff member.

Is my daughter ready to go to GAMES?

This is a question you must discuss with your daughter. Each teenager is different, and as a parent, you know your daughter best. Please check out www.campparents.org for more information to help guide your decision.

Does GAMES receive external support or donations?

Yes! Our program could not run without the generous donations of our corporate and University of Illinois affiliates. Thank you for your continued support!

If you would like to help us continue this great program for girls by donating to GAMES, click here! Thank you!