Originally, Smarty really wanted to go to Chicago, but then she weighed all pros and cons (including the cost of the trip to Chicago vs. saving money on the trip to Colorado) and opted for Yunasa camp. She will still hopefully be able to test for her black belt when she comes back - unfortunately, she will miss the black belt ceremony itself. She is sad to miss the chance to participate in national competition, but... she is hoping to be able to organize a science bowl team in her school next year and take it to the Nationals :).
We are happy that Smarty chose Yunasa - the camp program says that the goal of the camp is to help gifted kids to find ways to manage their emotions and calm their minds, and this is something that Smarty desperately needs. I just hope that she will be able to open her mind to instruction and that she will make new friends. She will fly to this camp as an unaccompanied minor, but we will come to pick her up in the end and will "tack on" a short driving vacation in Colorado before we head home to San Jose.
We are sad that we will not be visiting my parents this summer - my Mom has her knee replacement surgery and it's not the best time to entertain her active granddaughter. Smarty will go to Germany with my husband to see her other grandfather and her uncle and aunt. She will also have some other day camps - an outdoor camp with her best friend, a high school STEM camp (intro to biochemistry and science of cooking) in a local community college, and an AI/machine learning camp. All these camps are very different and all are just a week long, so she will still have time to hang out at home, read, go to the pool and enjoy everything that summer has to offer. Now we just need to survive two more months left in the school year :)
What are your summer plans?