held at Colorado College
Colorado Springs CO
June 28 – July 26
in 2008, we have done an online anonymous post-camp survey of parents. We
asked for numerical ratings and for written answers. The numerical
ratings were for their child’s mathematical experience, their child’s
overall camp experience, and for the parents’ experience interacting with
us. Data on the numerical results is given here.
written answers, we first asked parents if they were willing to send us
separately a statement about MathPath where we could quote them by name
or initials. Those comments
are given below first. Within
the anonymous survey, we also asked how they would explain MathPath to
others who ask, and if we could use their answer on our website (with no
name, since the survey was anonymous). All answers where permission was
granted are given below, in the order received
is far and away the best middle-school math program in the country for
budding mathematicians. Most other camps either offer acceleration
(taking some standard high school math classes over the summer) or
preparation for Mathcounts and similar competitions. MathPath offers genuine enrichment,
allowing kids to learn interesting high-level math (from interesting
high-level mathematicians) that they would not be exposed to otherwise.
is an absolutely amazing program for math-talented young people to learn
deep mathematics that goes beyond the usual school curriculum, in a
setting ideally geared to kids of their age range. They get to study and
socialize with other kids their own age who are as passionate about and
as talented in mathematics as they are, an experience few if any of them
have in their regular academic programs. The staff truly understand these
kids and provide a wonderful balance of a broad range of mathematical
classes and activities along with a great social and recreational
program. MathPath is a unique opportunity for these young people to
challenge themselves mathematically and still be kids."
just like you to know that our daughter regretted not choosing the four
week option. She told us that she absolutely “LOVED” the camp, her fellow
campers, the classes and most of all, the instructors. This is quite a
drastic change for us because she’s had trust issues with teachers in the
past. In our humble opinion, to achieve such progress in this short time
is quite a feat. Please know that we are deeply grateful to MathPath for
creating such a special environment for the children.
[That was in August 2009. In June 2010 the same parent looked back and wrote:] Our daughter (now 14) began 9th grade this past year at the local high school. She keeps in touch with one or two girls from camp & still regrets not staying there for the entire four weeks last year. She had every intention of applying to MP this year until her love of biology took over her life, and became heavily involved in working on her science fair project.
She has plans to begin a high school math team with another student next year, which is a first for a town filled with athletes. She will also be taking some college classes to supplement the lack of computer programming and science courses at the high school this coming fall.
Thank you all again for allowing our daughter to be a part of the camp last year & for providing the nurturing environment for her to grow; she speaks fondly of the entire staff & has been in touch with one of the counselors.
to thank you for all your efforts to make MathPath such a success this
summer. My daughter enjoyed
the program so much, learned about many new mathematical ideas, and made
new friends along the way. I
cannot thank you enough for assembling an amazing team of
mathematician-educators who were exciting and engaging and eager to work
with the younger students at MathPath. MathPath was just what my daughter needed at
this time, and it provided her with opportunities for growth
(mathematical, social, and personal) that are nearly impossible to find
elsewhere. The only negative
aspect of her experience is that it sets the bar high for the future -- a
challenge for me as her primary "teacher" or educational
want to thank you once again for providing sufficient financial aid to
make her attendance possible.
Especially now that I have seen and heard all about what actually
happens at MathPath, I would be so sorry if she had missed out on the
opportunity to attend. She
was glad to be home after four weeks away, but just a week later
confessed that she missed being at camp. And she has confessed the sentiment to me many times
Comments in the order received
is the best camp experience available for a math-talented
is an only child and shy. He made friends without any difficulty almost
upon arrival at Mathpath. The directors and counselors were terrific in
making sure everyone was actively engaged. The academic experience was
outstanding, but the companionship that my son found was the best part of
nervous sending my 12 year old off to camp for the first time..out of
state..for a month!! Not to worry! there is plenty of communication both
from the camp leaders as well as the child. Frequent updates from my son,
tapering off quickly as he blended into the group and got engaged in
learning and fun with his high performing peer groups, was very
comforting to this mom. He came home energized, excited and motivated.
daughter was nervous about going to a camp so far away and for four
weeks. However, she decided to take the plunge, and I feel that her
experience was a complete success on three fronts. Mathematically, she
was engaged and challenged by new ideas and extremely bright peers.
Socially, she was able to (finally) find some boys and girls with whom
she had much in common. Personally, she was able to be independent and
find her own way. I can already tell that my daughter has grown through
her experience at MathPath and feels a new level of confidence in
my son's first away-from-home summer camp for a month. We're so glad that
he thoroughly enjoyed it. One important thing he's learned is that there
are many other people who are more talented and share same interest in
Math. He is now so motivated. He is already saying he'll return next
my child even more about math. It was good for him to be with math peers
and not be a superstar but rather to realize there are other very smart
kids out there. My child was safe, secure, and very comfortable being
away from us for 4 weeks for the first time and never was homesick. They
keep the kids so engaged they don't have time to be homesick.
national level math camp with peer students challenge themselves and be
encouraged to learn more.
MathPath my son was excited by math but now he plans on going as far as
he can in math here through high school and then use that to go to the
very best universities in math. Camp was also great for him to develop
his independence in a safe and positive manner.
to a 100 highly gifted kids really excited about mathematics. Let them
meet each other and enjoy company of each other. Now join them with some
of the best and most enthusiastic mathematicians in the country. Let them
exchange their ideas, thoughts and concepts with the kids and enjoy
company of the kids as well as company of each other. Do not forget to
add to this interesting evening and weekend activities. You would get a
place where everyone is 100% happy. That is what MathPath 2009 looked like.
staff is very caring and sensitive to the needs of young people going
away to camp for perhaps the first time. The degree of supervision is
very appropriate for the age range. My child made lots of friends almost
immediately. He truly enjoyed the experience of meeting and learning with
other kids as excited by and capable in math as he is. He can't wait to
incredible thing about MathPath was not just the fact that my child was
able to learn about indepth math topics to ascertain it was his intended
direction for his life, but that he had so much fun doing that!
brings together kids who enjoy math and are very good at it. The program
teaches them to think and talk about mathematical ideas. As taught in
typical schools, math is mostly calculations. At MathPath there's more
problem-solving, using logical reasoning to figure out
"puzzles." The math that everyone is thinking about provides a
great starting point for the kids to get to know each other, so that
within a week they've made friends. The kids have been in almost constant
communication since the camp ended a week ago!
is the best summer camp for math kids.
has thoroughly enjoyed MathPath Camp, requesting to return this year
after last year's Camp. While at Camp this year he contacted his
Grandfather, a Math Professor, to discuss advanced concepts--more often
that he contacted us. He felt perfectly secure there.
is a place where like-minded kids can enjoy Math and non-Math with
talented Math professionals and yet be a kid. After only 4 weeks, the kid
comes back home with a lot of friends and memory to keep for the rest of
nervous about sending my son away, but he looked forward eagerly to the
opportunity and, indeed, initiated the application process himself. Once
I learned more about the camp, I couldn't stop bragging about the fact
that my son was going to such a prestigious and challenging program. It
must be hard for kids his age not to have people to talk with who
understand their passion for math; MathPath gave him a context in which
to be himself that he would not otherwise have had.
this was a very valuable experience for our daughter. She clearly enjoyed
being with other students who enjoy asking mathematical questions and she
felt that she walked away with progress in terms of her own critical and
mathematical thinking processes.
first time in his life, my son was surrounded with kids that were as
excited about math as he is.
considered it an important step toward independence for our son to travel
by plane on his own (ultimately in the company of two other campers)to
Colorado. And the camp was exactly what I hoped it would be, serious math
combined with freedom and play.
was the first residential camp for my child. I was totally happy how well
my child was taken care of, in terms of intellectual challenge in math
concepts as well as social interaction with her intellectual peers. The
camp was not an extension of a school. Instead, this camp provided my
child with opportunities to listen to lectures by college professors, and
to discuss/argue with professors and peers. My child loved the camp. It
was liberating to see my child proudly claim that she was very happy to
hang out with other children who readily admitted they were math-nerds.
This camp was very good to my child's psychology. She is proud to be a
be hard to find another camp where the staff are more dedicated to
nurturing young minds as MathPath. Our child enjoyed every moment of her
is a great experience for our 12 year old son. He learned a lot of math
from professionals of the highest caliber, had much fun playing various
games with new found friends, gained experience in spending time away
from home and taking care of himself both during the camp and during the
trip, and enjoyed visiting a beautiful college campus in another part of
the country. Parents should feel very comfortable sending their children,
as the camp takes excellent care of the youngsters.
communication from student was positive, very safe, campus was good
environment, good activities on weekends.
was an overall positive experience for my son. Living in a dorm was a new
experience for him, but he had an excellent counselor that helped to make
it a positive one. He enjoyed meeting the other campers and is looking
forward to attending again in the future.
not looking for any things like tutoring sessions to keep him advance or
to train for competition. What we are looking for is something that can
lead Albert to think and broaden Albert's knowledge. After the camp,
Albert shows the motivation to start reading mathematical books, which he
has not done so before.
had a fabulous time at MathPath. He will remember this experience for the
rest of his life. He built many new friendships and his love for math has
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