AICL Board of Trustees March Election

We currently have 3 vacant seats on AICL's Board, so it's time for an election! Here are the details:

  • Anyone can run, but you have to be a member to vote. 

  • To become a member, you must have either been an employee or volunteer, in good standing, for at least three years (they can be non-consecutive) since 2002, or have paid for/ sponsored a camper for at least five separate years since 2002. If you are eligible and would like to become a member, email me with your general contact information (mailing address and phone number) and I will sign you up. You can then pay the $5 annual fee at or mail to AICL c/o Margaret Hoff 12201 McDougal Rd Millfield, OH 45761.

  • The term for all three seats is 1/1/18-12/31/20.

  • Board members are expected to do 8 hours a month of work for AICL OR donate or individually raise the equivalent of one week of tuition.

  • Board work can include outreach, fundraising, drafting letters, writing grants, etc. It could also involve serving on one of our committees.

  • Board meets approximately every six weeks via video conference.

  • Board members must attend camp's annual planning meeting, either in person (preferably) or via video conference. This meeting typically takes place in Knoxville, TN in the month of December.

If you're interested in running, please send a very short description of who you are, how you became involved with AICL, and why you'd like to be on the Board. Please submit your bio to Tara Watson at by 3/10/18.

New Campus, Same Great Camp

Dear Camp Family-

AICL is pleased to announce that Mars Hill University, a liberal arts college near Asheville, NC, will be our host campus for all four weeks of our summer programming in 2018!  We have had a great time collaborating with MHU for Week 0 and Week T minus 1 over the past two years, and with the exciting growth in our two weeks of Summer Enrichment Camp, Mars Hill's excellent facilities and location are a great choice for us. Thank you for working with us as we make this transition, and we're looking forward to an incredible year!


Chad Watson, Jessica Young, & Tara Watson, AICL Co-Directors

A Message From the Board of Directors

Dear Friends of AICL,

We'd like to give a big THANK YOU for your support of scholarships for our 2017 programs! Through fundraising events, end-of-year donation emails, Facebook campaigns, merchandise sales, corporate charity programs, auctions, and AICL camp families' registration donations, we have raised $16,120!

Across Weeks T-1, 0, 1, and 2, we have provided 3 outreach scholarships and 27 assistance scholarships. This year we helped 20 families come to 40 individual weeks of camp!

This was a banner year for fundraising. Your work and gifts help us stay true to every element of our mission:

"We offer exciting and challenging programs for talented and gifted students. Through outreach and scholarships, we foster a racially and economically diverse community. At AICL, we see everyone as both a learner and a teacher. We encourage social and intellectual interactions that will enable our students to fulfill their personal, professional, and academic potential. Because we build curricula based on the idea that learning is fun and should be ongoing, we prepare our students to engage our complex world with insight, empathy, and confidence."

With your continued support, we look forward to kicking off an even bigger year for scholarships this fall!

AICL Board

Executive Director Opening- Apply by 10/15/17

The Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning (AICL) is currently seeking applicants for the position of executive director. This will be a part-time position, 10-hours a week/12-months a year, paying $20/hour. The executive director may primarily set their own hours and work at home.

The duties will involve the following: The executive director will supervise and coordinate among the directors of all AICL programs, ensuring that each program is both financially responsible and upholds the values of the larger organization. In particular, the executive director will supervise our year-round administrative staff—administrator, programmer, and book keeper. With the input of the AICL program directors, the executive director will manage the overall AICL budget. With these efforts, the executive director will develop consistency, efficiency, and stability throughout the programmatic structure.

The executive director will develop and administer AICL scholarship campaigns and outreach so that AICL may achieve its goal of economic and racial diversity in its programs.

The executive director will take the lead in AICL strategic planning, fundraising, and capital campaigns.

The executive director will strengthen the organization’s infrastructure. This position will also involve developing AICL’s alumni network and a unified social media strategy. These duties reflect the current priorities for the organization.

The executive director reports to the board of directors. The executive director would participate in AICL board calls as necessary and must help organize and attend the board’s winter meeting.

Successful candidates will have a four-year college or university bachelor’s degree; have proven, relevant leadership experience in a non-profit setting; be self-motivated, organized, and have the ability to prioritize tasks; have strong interpersonal and communication skills as the position entails representing AICL in the community and supervising program directors, staff, committees, and volunteers. The executive director should also participate in a substantial portion of our programming each July.

AICL is a 501(c) 3 non-profit with over thirty-five years experience providing summer enrichment programs for gifted youth and non-traditional learners ( We have an operating budget of over $200,000 and four-weeks of summer programming.

If interested, please email as attachments—a cover letter (no more than two pages), a resume, and contact information for three references (only one of whom can be a member of AICL already). Applications and questions can be directed to Susan Goslee at We will be accepting applications through 10/15/17.

AICL Welcomes New Administrator

AICL is delighted to announce that Tara Watson will be starting in the fall of 2017 as our Administrator. Tara is a long-time counselor and teacher at Weeks 1 and 2. More recently she has also served as Co-Director of Week T-1 and Week 0. Outside of her work with AICL, Tara is a Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Nashville.

We would also like to thank Margaret Hoff for being such a fantastic Administrator for the past 8 years! Woo-hoo! 

Margaret is helping Tara learn the ropes in her new role and will be continuing on as AICL book keeper. We're very excited that we will be able to keep working with Margaret.

Without such reliable, calm, friendly, and organized staff in the off-season, we would not be able to run our super-fun summer programs in the on-season.