Explorations Program Information

Application and Eligibility Requirements

Students may apply for participation in the Explorations program from March 1 to May 1. Spaces are limited, and slots in classes fill on a first-come, first serve basis. An application secures a slot in a course until the application can be reviewed and approved. Once a student has been accepted, an electronic acceptance packet will be sent out for completion. Payment is due at that time.

We ask our program participants to provide the necessary documentation as listed below to determine if they meet the program eligibility requirements. Please review course descriptions following the class options for any additional prerequisites.

  1. Entering grades 9-11
  2. ITBS, ITED, Iowa Assessment, or other achievement/ability test
    1. Scoring at or above the 97th percentile (National norms)
    2. Scoring at or above the 93rd percentile (Iowa norms)

    OR
    SAT I: Reasoning Test or ACT assessment scores (no specific score required)
    OR
    Middle school or high school GPA of = 3.50 on a 4.00 scale

For questions regarding alternative eligibility, please contact the OPPTAG office at 515 294-1772.

For disability accommodations, please contact the OPPTAG office at 515 294-1772. One month advance notice is appreciated.

Sunday Check-In Schedule

Time Activity
1:00-3:00pm Check-In
3:30-4:00pm Camp Orientation
4:00-6:00pm Team Time
6:00-7:00pm Dinner
7:00-9:00pm Activities
9:00-10:30pm Relaxation Time
10:30pm Lights Out

Weekly (Monday-Thursday) Schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
8:00-8:45am Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00-12:00pm Class Class Class Class
12:00-1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00-4:00pm Class Class Class Class
4:15-4:45pm Team Time Team Time Team Time Team Time
5:00-6:00pm Activities Dinner and Activity Activities Dinner and Activity
6:00-7:00pm Dinner Dinner and Activity
7:00-8:00pm Study Hour Study Hour
8:00-9:30pm Activities II Activities II
9:30-10:30pm Relaxation Time Relaxation Time Relaxation Time Relaxation Time
10:30pm Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out

Friday Check-Out Schedule

Time Activity
8:00-8:45am Breakfast
9:00-12pm Class
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-3:00pm Class
3:00-4:00pm Open House
4:00-5:00pm Check-Out and Head Home!

All students check out, even if they are returning for Week 2