Twenty of the top scoring students from the US National Chemistry Olympiad competition are invited to a two-week intensive study camp held in June at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Under the tutelage of three mentors, students receive college-level training, with an emphasis on organic chemistry, through a series of lectures, problem-solving exercises, lab work and testing.
At the conclusion, a four-member US team is named to participate in the International Chemistry Olympiad with teams from more than 60 other countries. Each country sends four contestants and two coaches to the host country for seven to 10 days of exams, lectures, recreation and tours.
During the camp, mentors and students become a family unit. All participants live in the same dorm facility, eat all meals together, and share bathrooms and telephones.