Thanks for the input, Peggy.
We also feel that the cost is excessive for this kind of trip. After all, they will be camping for much of the time!
We are debating whether to swing the cost and send her, given the opportunity for HS credit, future travel, etc.
She suddenly improved her grades tremendously the last quarter, this would be a reward for her.
One big question on my mind, did your son have any future opportunities with the program after foregoing the first year?
I am also of the thought that her year-older brother might be nominated by her next year, and feel that he would benefit from the program.