2017 Summer Camp Guide

2017 Summer Camp Guide

Snow is on the ground and wind-chills are in the forecast. Still it’s time to starting thinking and planning summer for the kiddos.

It can be a stressful endeavor for many parents; that’s why we put together our annual Summer Camp Guide, highlighting some of the best camp options in the region.

Whatever your children are interested in, there is a camp for them. Just see below!

Animal Humane Society

AHS 2017 Summer Camps

Animal Humane Society’s Summer Camp is an animal-themed day camp for children entering grades 3-10. Kids spend a full week immersed in animal learning and fun at one of five AHS locations (Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul, Woodbury). Each week includes animal-related educational activities, games, crafts, guest speakers from AHS and from other animal-related organizations, animal interactions, and more.

Space is limited, and many sessions fill up quickly. Register early to guarantee your child’s space at Summer Camp —  where “acting like an animal” is a good thing!

For more information, please click here: https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/education/summer-camp


Camp Pillsbury

Camp Pillsbury 2017 Summer Camp

Camp Pillsbury, named Minnesota’s coolest summer camp, is a unique sleep over camp in Owatonna that provides over 100 activities to choose from. No matter what each child’s interests are, they are certain to find activities that not only fascinate them, but help build their character, self-esteem and confidence.

Camp Pillsbury offers its campers the chance to fly on the flying trapeze, participate in musical theater, sports (such as basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, cheer, gymnastics), extreme sports, learn magic tricks, go horseback riding, tumble, dance, and play a musical instrument or learn to water ski – all in the same day!  With so many activities to choose from, Camp Pillsbury campers biggest problem is how to fit it all in!

Camp Pillsbury is a great place for children to develop their passions, learn new skills and make new friends. Camp Pillsbury is a place that is designed to create happy memories, and encourage kids to try new things that they can’t do in everyday life.

Campers sleep in dorms and are provided great food, fun and friends throughout the summer. It is a fantastic overnight or day camp for boys and girls ages 6-17 and runs from June 11 to August 20th.

Visit CampPillsbury.com to enroll today!



Snapology 2017 Camps

Explore the world of STEM this summer with Snapology using LEGO® bricks and similar building tools to learn about video game design, animation, robotics, programming, engineering, physics and more. Snapology camps offer students an environment where they are encouraged to create and interact with technology and explore the world around them through a hands-on approach that promotes playful learning.

Camps will be held in numerous locations around Minneapolis as half day camps for $150, or combine 2 half day camps for a full day experience for $300.

For more information, please visit https://minneapolis.snapology.com/camps/


Discovery Day Camp

Discovery Day Camps 2017

Are you ready for fun and adventure this summer? Starting in June, Discovery Day Camp has three locations including: Base Camp (Fort Snelling), Phillippo Scout Camp (Cannon Falls), and Stearns Scout Camp (Annandale). Stearns and Phillippo will have a limited number of spots on a transport available for an additional fee.

A 5-day camp full of fun and learning, each day begins with check-in at 8:30, and pick-up at 3:00. This inclusive camp is for boys and girls in grades K-8. For less cost than a week of day care at most facilities, qualified and safe staff guide youth through activities like: swimming, hiking, climbing, archery, crafts, outdoor skills & games, team-building, and much more.

This day camp is run by Northern Star Council, BSA, who has been providing camping experiences to youth for over 100 years. Discovery Day Camp is for everyone, not only scouts!

Available again in 2017 is Adventure Day Camp for Middle School Students with an overnight offered the fourth night of each session! If you have any questions, give Alex a call at 612-767-0055, or Jennifer at 651-254-9153.

And for more information, please visit www.scoutingevent.com/250-DiscoveryDayCamps2017


Bethel University Summer Athletic Camps

Bethel University Summer Camp 2017

Bethel University St. Paul offers numerous youth camps in a variety of sports. Under the direction of the Bethel University coaching staff, and with the help of high school coaches and current Bethel players, campers are taught the skills, hard work, and competitive attitude that is necessary to help them improve and show respect for the game. Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, and Cross Country. Overnight and day camps are available. See website for complete information.

Bethel University is located at 3900 Bethel Drive in St. Paul. For more information, please call 651.638.6397, send an email or visit bethel.edu/camps

Mn Sword Club summer camp

Fencing is a fun sport for recreational or competitive minded kids. It combines the mental game of chess, the speed of a sprinter and the glamour of a medieval knight. We teach the strategies and skills of this Olympic sport. Foil, saber and epee are all taught along with the tactics that carry over into other sports. We use only professional fencing staff members and fencing equipment is provided. We are located just east of 35W, south of downtown Minneapolis.

Beginners – age 8 to 16 (Campers are grouped by age in each camp)

  • June 19 to 23, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • July 10 to 14, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • July 24 to July 28, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • July 31 to August 4, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Aug 14 to 18, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm (Must be at least 15 years old)

Experienced Fencers – ages 8 to 17

  • Intermediate Fencers – August 7 to 11, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Advanced Fencers – August 14 to 18, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

The cost is $139 for each camp. You can register at www.mnsword.com, call 612.825.9935 or send an email for more information. The Minnesota Sword Club is located at 4744 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis.


School of Rock

SOR summer camp guide

June 12-16 Beginner Ukulele Camp

Campers learn all about playing this trendy instrument. Covering rock songs, campers will learn melodies and chords using easy-to read charts and TAB notation. By the end of the week they’ll have learned how to play song on the ukulele in tempo and with dynamics.

The ukulele is a great first instrument. With a small body and fewer strings that are easier on young fingers, it’s easy to fall in love with this instrument that has become hot again thanks to stars like Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Will I Am, Jack Johnson and Eddie Vedder who play ukulele.

For younger students interested in playing guitar, the ukulele is a great stepping stone because it’s neck is smaller but a lot of the same chords shapes and melody patterns are applicable to both instruments.

Ukuleles provided for use during camp. Minimum 5 campers/maximum 10 campers in each session

  • Ages 5-8: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Ages 9-17: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


  • Prior to 3/18/17 = $165
  • 3/19/17-5/31/17 = $185
  • 6/1/17 – camp date  =$200

June 19 – 23 Katy Perry vs Bruno Mars Rock Camp

Five days of learning music, playing music, band bonding and performance! Whether you sing, play drums, keys, guitar or bass you’ll have a blast learning and playing some of the coolest pop/rock songs on the iTunes today. You do not need to be able to read music to participate in this camp. Guitar and bass students need to provide their own instruments.

This week-long summer camp is best for ages 9-16 who love the tunes of Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.
PREREQUISITE: Minimum one year instrument lessons. (Campers not currently enrolled in School of Rock will be required to send us a video of them playing to make sure they have the skills necessary to participate in this camp.)

9:00a m – 3:00 pm. Minimum 5 campers/maximum 10 campers


  • Through 3/18/17 =  $330
  • 3/19/17-5/31/17 =  $370
  • 6/1/17 – camp date = $400

Rookies Camp

The School of Rock Rookies Camp is based on our amazing Rookies program inspires first and second graders to pursue music by channeling their inner rock stars. Young rockers learn pitch, rhythm and musical teamwork through musical games and group rehearsal of simple rock songs. This camp provides an amazing introduction to rock and roll, where they will experience the magic of playing all of the major rock instruments: guitar, bass, keyboard/piano, drums, and vocals. Students will receive Exposure to essential music fundamentals, a focus on teamwork and collaboration, An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group, and most importantly, real, practical learning that just feels like fun!!!

Instruments provided for use during camp.

Minimum 5 campers/maximum 10 campers in each session

  • Ages 5-6: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Ages 7-8 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 weeks to choose from:

  • June 26, 2017 – June 30, 2017
  • July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017
  • August 7, 2017 – August 11, 2017


  • Prior to 3/18/17 =  $165
  • 3/19/17-5/31/17 =  $185
  • 6/1//17 – camp date = $200

July 10 – 14 Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran Uke Rock 
Five fun-filled days playing music on the hottest rock instrument of the year – the ukulele! Campers will learn strumming, chords, chord progression while learning to play songs by Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran. Camp ends with a performance for friends at family in the School of Rock Venue.

Campers will register for vocals, ukulele or both. Students registering for ukulele must have a basic knowledge of playing an instrument (piano, guitar, etc. or graduated from Beginner Ukulele Camp June 12-16)

Camp open to students ages 8+ and runs from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


  • Prior to 3/18/17 =  $250
  • 3/19/17-5/31/17 =  $275
  • 6/1//17 – camp date = $300\

For more information on any of these camps, please visit the School of Rock website.


Check back often as we’ll be adding more camps throughout the spring and summer!


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