A summer camp for the exceptionally gifted
ages 8 through 11 who love mathematics
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An Epsilon Camper proving mathematical theorem on a blackboard

A gathering of children who are "lit up" by math,
not just very competent at it!


A residential camp combining family vacation in the lap of nature, it is an intensive student camp
& a parent workshop - running in parallel.

A unique feature of Epsilon Camp is on-campus apartment-style housing with cooking facilities for each family; partly subsidized sibling care is available so all parents can participate in the workshop.

Epsilon Camp 2014 was held from July 27 (arrival date) to August 10 (departure date) on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA.

The application season for Epsilon Camp 2015 will be announced here by September 30, 2014.

The mission is to meet the extra learning needs of children 8 to 11 years of age with extreme intelligence and a love for mathematics by identifying them and exposing them to suitable content, pedagogy, peers, and published mathematicians who enjoy discussing with these youngsters.

For students who are only six or seven years of age during this camp, please visit the web pages of Delta Camp.

Epsilon Camp is a program of Altus Math, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Application season at Epsilon Camp 2015

Epsilon Camp is for exceptionally gifted children who love mathematics and who will be at least eight years of age on the starting date of the camp and have not turned twelve years until after the ending date of the camp. Epsilon Camp is directed by George R. Thomas, mathematician, founder of MathPath and the Canada/USA Mathcamp, and is a program run by mathematicians who enjoy communicating concepts to the young students showing high promise. The student program is combined with a parent workshop program designed to help parents succeed in nurturing mathematical and social growth in their exceptionally gifted children and plan their educations. A unique feature of Epsilon Camp is apartment-style housing on campus for each family; at least one parent must attend with each child. Alumni of Epsilon Camp have enjoyed deeper understanding of advanced mathematics and friendships with families who share their interests.

The fifth year of Epsilon Camp will include returning students from 2012, 2013 and 2014, and new students, with challenging courses for all.

The program will admit 70-75 students of whom more than a half are expected to be returning students. The program runs in three levels - Year I, Year II, Year III/IV - which actually are called by the names of famous mathematicians. To ensure small classes, a level may be split into two or more groups. There are rare exceptions of a newly enrolled student of very advanced standing in mathematics preparation to sit in a higher level group.

The application season for new students begins in the latter part of November by which time the important details of the camp including location, dates, admission criteria, and fees will have been posted. There is no application deadline; admissions close when enrollment capacity is reached. The day the admissions close, a notice "The camp is no longer accepting applications for this summer" will be posted to replace the line with red letters about the Admission Season.

Application to Epsilon Camp begins with your submission of the Online Application; this is followed later with your submission of Exploration Problems solutions, IQ test scores and achievement test scores; see the Eligibility page for details. Applicants who have not taken the IQ tests since turning six (6) years of age would need the time to plan and appear for the tests, so early application is particularly suited to such applicants.

Since enrollment is limited, it is better to apply early. Applying early helps you plan early. We classify an application as early if the Online Application is received no later than the last day of February.

 


Mathematicians all over the world customarily use the lower-case Greek letter epsilon to represent an arbitrarily small positive quantity. From this custom, mathematician Paul Erdős (1913-1996) developed his habit of calling children “epsilons.” Named in his honor, Epsilon Camp is devoted to young children who love mathematics.

α β γ δ ε ζ η θ ι κ λ μ ν ξ ο π ρ σ τ υ φ χ ψ ω

The Epsilon Camp logo is adapted from Lietzmann's spandrel with corona (1928), described in Mann, Casey. Heesch's Tiling Problem. American Mathematical Monthly (2004): 509-510.

-- Updated September 01, 2014