Adventures of the Mind

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Adventures of the Mind
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MottoMaking a Difference Today for Young People Who Will Change Tomorrow
FounderVictoria Gray
Legal statusActive
PurposeYouth empowerment
WebsiteAdventures of the Mind

Adventures of the Mind is an achievement-focused mentoring camp for talented high school students.[1] 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 road map to the students on their own personal paths to success.


Founded in 2003, 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:

"Adventures of the Mind is like Davos or TED but with outstanding high school students"

— Murray Gell-Mann

Past camps[edit]

Previous Adventures of the Mind Summit
Year Summit Location City & State
2015 Rosemont College Rosemont, PA[2][3]
2014 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
2012 New York University New York, NY
2011 University of Montana Missoula, MT[4]
2009 Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University Princeton, NJ[5]
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, socioeconomic factors, or other obstacles that may obscure real potential. Additionally, participants are chosen from runners-up 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.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Top Students Converge at Mind Summit in Montana". Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  2. ^ "Rosemont College's Adventure of the Mind a success". Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  3. ^ "The Philadelphia Tribune honors student achievers". Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  4. ^ Zax, David (2011-10-27). "The Poet's Poker". Paris Review Daily. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  5. ^ " — Other News 1". Retrieved 2016-08-09.

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