Adventures of the Mind

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Adventures of the Mind is an achievement-focused mentoring camp for talented 15- to 18-year-olds. Educators from across the nation nominate students whom they believe, with guidance and nurture, can maximize their potential and make important contributions to society. Honored guests share their life stories that can serve as a roadmap to the students on their own personal paths to success.


Founded in 2002, the Adventures of the Mind achievement mentoring camp brings together, on a college campus, high potential teens from across the country with accomplished mentors from a variety of fields: artists, astronauts, athletes, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists, Nobel laureates, novelists, poets, poker players, programmers, public servants, Pulitzer prize winners, scholars, and more. Adventures of the Mind provides the students — who are the great thinker and achievers of tomorrow — with an opportunity to interact with some of the great thinkers and achievers of today. The camp runs for 7 days and is developed by student achievement and advocacy services. Murray Gell-Mann who was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics and a Mentor at the 2011 summit, is quoted as saying:

"Join our Adventure; it is like Davos but with amazing high school students"

Past Camps[edit]

2014 - Occidental College, Los Angeles, California

2012 - New York University, New York, New York

2011 - University of Montana, Missoula, MT[1]

2009 - Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University, Princeton, NJ[2][3]

2007 - Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

2005 - SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Googleplex, Stanford, CA

2003 - Chihuly Boathouse, Seattle, WA

Student Selection Process[edit]

Student attendees are selected through a highly personalized and rigorous search that goes beyond traditional measures of achievement — grades and test scores — by asking teachers to personally nominate an exceptional teen. Attendees are chosen regardless of learning disabilities, soci-economics factors, or other obstacles that may obscure real potential. Additionally, participants are chosen from runner-ups in national competitions ranging from the Presidential Scholars Program to the Intel Science Talent Search to the National Poetry Slam. Adventures of the Mind targets high potential students who may not yet garner the same level of recognition as their peers, but would benefit just as much from the experience the camp provides.


Mentors represent a wide variety of backgrounds and fields including arts, business, literature, public service, philanthropy, science and more.


  1. ^ "Adventures of the Mind Video" KPAX News. Retrieved on 2011-06-25
  2. ^ "Young Scholars Interact with Luminaries" Town Topics. Retrieved on 2009-08-26
  3. ^ "Great minds gather in Princeton" New Jersey Times. Retrieved on 2009-08-22

Coordinates: 37°45′35″N 122°25′17″W / 37.759665°N 122.421509°W / 37.759665; -122.421509