Dear Science Day Students, Parents, Members and Teachers:


For more than 45 years, The Ohio Academy of Science has acted as the Ohio Governor's designee for selecting Ohio's delegates to the National Youth Science Camp. 


The 2023 National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) is scheduled to be held from June 19, 2023, to July 12, 2023, with a hybrid model. The first five days are virtual and the remaining days of the camp are in-person at Camp Pocahontas in West Virginia. Two delegates per state will be selected by representatives of their governor’s office to attend the camp. Housing, meals, transportation, and supplies are provided to participants at no cost. Selected delegates must commit to attending the full camp including both the virtual and in-person portions of camp.


Delegates will be expected to commit to attending the full NYSCamp and fill out delegate paperwork by April 1, 2023, or their spot may be given to an alternate from their state or another state. Since selection to attend camp is a very competitive process with only two delegates guaranteed a spot from each state or nation, we expect NYSCamp delegates to fully participate in both the virtual and in-person portions of camp. For virtual camp days, we expect delegates to at least attend the nightly keynote lecture and evening cabin meeting activities.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduates from high school between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2024.
  • Documented superior academic proficiency, including recognition in STEAM.
  • Recognition for notable achievements in STEAM program areas.
  • Skills and achievements outside of STEAM and academia.
  • Must demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore new topics.
  • Must intend to pursue higher education and a career in a STEAM-related field.
  • Must be willing and able to participate daily for the entire duration of the NYSCamp program.
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with at least one booster before attending the in person portion of camp. Official documentation of vaccination status will be required to be submitted if selected to attend the NYSCamp.


The deadline to submit applications is 6:00 PM EST on February 28, 2023To apply, please visit: 2023 NYSCamp – National Youth Science Academy


A centerpiece and highlight of the NYSCamp is the keynote lecture series presented at 8PM EDT each weeknight during the virtual portion of camp and twice a day on most days of the in-person camp. These world-class lectures are presented by prestigious and up-and-coming STEM professionals who are making a difference in their fields of study and changing the world for good. Immediately after each lecture, delegates interested in learning more will have the opportunity to join the lecturer for a 30-minute interactive Q&A session. Multiple informal evening hangouts will be offered at 9:30 PM EDT each weeknight during the virtual portion of the camp. These will be replaced by evening cabin meetings in your assigned cabins during the in-person portion of camp. Throughout the NYSCamp experience, delegates will have opportunities for delegates to engage in meaningful discussions and experiences with delegates, presenters, and staph (intentionally misspelled to connote their infectious enthusiasm).


Other programming at camp will allow delegates to delve deeper into STEM topics with experts and knowledgeable enthusiasts in multi-day mini-courses (directed studies) or interactive 60 minute seminars, take tours of facilities like the Green Bank Observatory and National Gallery of Art, learn new hobbies and skills, and engage with camp staph* in program areas that will range from practicing languages, yoga, or mindfulness, playing virtual games, discussing compelling topics, making art or music, or learning outdoor skills.


Delegates will also be able to participate in the NYSCamp outdoor program which includes camping, hiking, caving, and mountain biking.



Thank you and best regards, 


Michael Woytek, CEO

The Ohio Academy of Science

5930 Wilcox Pl., Suite F

Dublin, OH 43016


 To apply, please visit: 

2023 NYSCamp – National Youth Science Academy