My D is currently a junior in HS (my second child) and is interested in a science/premed track. We live in a very affluent and "competitive" community and are surrounded by kids who do the most extraordinary (at least that's how it feels) ec's. My D is a bright kid and a good kid but she has not invented the wheel. I would love to indulge her wish to do a summer program somewhere, and though I realize they can have a multitude of benefits, do they actually give kids an edge? In our town it seems like many of them do. I am torn because for the past two summers she has worked, volunteered and participated in pre-season athletics. In fact last summer she had two paying jobs and also completed an online course for her HS while completing AP work that was due at the start of school. One of her science teachers has "nominated" her for programs for kids interested in premed like "Lead America" and "The National Youth Leadership Forum". When I saw these my alarm bells began to ring. We have also been told about a program for HS kids that is connected to Doctors Without Borders. I have also researched potential programs at a number of schools. I just don't know if any of them are worth it. Is she better off continuing on the track she's on and working/volunteering(first aid and hospital) or dropping something to do one of these programs. We could pay for it and since she almost never asks for anything I want to give her this "opportunity". I just don't know which ones, even if they don't help in admissions, would give her a great experience that is not just a trip full of well-off kids who want to pad their resumes. Any first hand experience or suggestions?