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The Mountain State soon will be home to National Youth Science Camp participants from throughout the country.

Two high school seniors from each state and several countries will be selected to spend the month of July attending National Youth Science Camp in a remote region of the Pocahontas County.

More than 5,000 students have made the trek since the camp’s inception in 1963, starting in Charleston, then heading to the mountains of Bartow where the schedule is kept a little secret, and the cell phone signals are nonexistent.

“We are purposely vague about specifics,” said Andrew Blackwood, executive director of the NYSC. “Most science-oriented students are well-organized; they want every minute of every day planned.

“One of the life lessons we attempt to teach here is living in the moment; we hope that these kids can become flexible enough to go with the flow.”

As part of the experience, lectures will be presented to the participants on topics such as NASA Earth Science, the International Space Station, the language of the brain and human embryology. Scientists will challenge the student participants with week-long studies in areas such as mathematics or origami, the anatomy of the human hand and the physics of Frisbees.

A three-day visit to Washington, D.C. is planned. Several day and weekend trips also will be planned for participants to experience West Virginia adventures such as caving, hiking and kayaking and a visit to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.