SigmaCamp 2024: Overview

SigmaCamp is a residential STEM summer camp for middle and high school students ages 12-16. SigmaCamp is one of two programs we offer this summer. For information about SigmaCamp Next 2024 (for students ages 15-17), click here

At SigmaCamp, students spend one week (August 10-17, 2024) with other talented campers exploring advanced math and science through our academic program and creating lasting memories with the other students through various non-academic activities. They are guided by graduate students and are taught by leading professors and scientists from top institutions such as MIT, Yale, Stony Brook University, Princeton, Stanford, and many other universities.

SigmaCamp takes place at Silver Lake Camp and Conference Center: 223 Low Road, Sharon, Connecticut, USA. See the location on Google Maps
The application for SigmaCamp 2024 is now open, with a deadline of April 15, 2024. For detailed application instructions, click the Apply Now button.

 

 

Academic program

SigmaCamp is a multidisciplinary program that covers topics in advanced Math, Computer Science, theoretical and experimental Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, and robotics.

Starting with the first Semilab and a Lecture in the morning, followed by the second Semilab in the afternoon, and a variety of Workshops in the evening, a camper’s day is filled with a lot of new knowledge and discoveries. Right after the snack break, they will be challenged at the Sigma Tournament to solve problems with their teams. We encourage campers to dive deeper into already familiar topics or try something new. Read more about academics at SigmaCamp here.



 

Non-Academic Activities

What summer camp would be complete without some outdoor fun? We have a variety of sports you can enjoy, like soccer, basketball, ping-pong, and chess. Other options include yoga classes and swimming in the lake. You can experience the art of tree climbing at the multiple High Ropes courses, and if you don’t like sports, you can paint, play music, or practice your acting skills. In the evenings, you have a choice of several evening clubs, ranging from geography trivia games to poetry readings. Not to mention our special events like Sigma Quest, Game of Games, or Watermelon Hunt!



 

Tuition

SigmaCamp program costs $1,800 for 8 days/7 nights. We offer sibling discounts (20% for the second child and 35% for the third child ) and 20% off if you attend both programs. Our need-based scholarships help all qualified students to participate at SigmaCamp. Read more about our financial aid program and apply here

 

Our Faculty and Counselors

Our faculty: every year, around 25 scientists from top U.S. Universities and Research Centers come to SigmaCamp to share their knowledge and passion for math and science with campers. Several guest speakers visit the camp daily as part of our Guest Lectures Program.

Our team of counselors spans from high school students to those in college as well as graduate-level students. Many of our counselors are alumni who have chosen to return as volunteers, bringing with them a unique understanding and appreciation of the camp experience. Their varied backgrounds and levels of expertise contribute to a rich, dynamic environment where campers can learn and be inspired.

Meet our faculty | Meet our counselors

 

Our Campers

Gifted and talented students come to SigmaCamp worldwide, including all over the US, Canada, South America, and Europe. Upon arrival at SigmaCamp, every camper is assigned to a team of about 10 students and two or three counselors. Each team, named after a different Greek letter, competes in the Sigma Tournament against each other and participates in all team activities. Campers and counselors spend lots of time together as a team, and by the end of the season, they become like a family.

Though team life is important, the individual camper itineraries will be independent of their team activities, and each camper will be able to choose their own lectures, semilabs, workshops, and how to spend their free time.

 

Accommodation

Our students are housed in comfortable lodge buildings with a cozy living room and around four sleeping rooms in each. One room can accommodate 10-12 campers, and each building is complete with multiple restrooms and showers.

The campground features many sports facilities, including a lifeguard-supervised swimming area, basketball and soccer fields, outdoor ping-pong tables, a campfire pit, and two high ropes courses supervised by certified instructors. Learn more about all the facilities on the Silver Lake Camp and Conference Center website



 

Food

Silver Lake provides a full meal service of a hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, a snack in the middle of the day and milk and cookies before bed. All that comes with options for any personal preferences or dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets or any allergies. We collect all diet- or allergy-related information in advance before the camp starts.

 

Healthcare and safety

At SigmaCamp, we prioritize safety and attention with a 1:2 staff-to-camper ratio, ensuring 24/7 supervision. A registered nurse is always on-site, and certified professionals oversee swimming and high ropes activities.

 

COVID Safety Requirements

SigmaCamp follows Silver Lake Camp and Conference Center’s policies related to COVID-19 vaccination. Silver Lake requires all campers and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Communication with Campers

The use of personal electronics at camp, including cell phones, laptops, smartwatches, etc., is not permitted. During the camp, we provide a way for parents to communicate with campers through the "Sigma Telegraph”. They can leave a message for their camper using the online form on our website and later receive an answer from them. More details will be available for admitted campers.

There is also a daily blog on the SigmaCamp website where camp photos and news are posted daily so parents can keep up with what is happening in our camp.

 

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us by email: info@sigmacamp.org

SigmaCamp is a nonprofit organization exempt from USA federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contribution to SigmaCamp is deductible under section 170 of the Code. SigmaCamp tax ID number is 46-2782877.