This post is sponsored by Olmsted Medical Center Sports Medicine & Athletic Performance and the camps and businesses listed below.
We are so pleased to bring you the 2021 Guide to Summer Camps in SE Minnesota: a complete guide to all the camps in our area! Below you will find all kinds of information on the variety of summer camps in the area: from traditional summer camps, sports camps, theatre camps, robotics camps, and more! We know that piecing together childcare and activities during the summer months can be time-consuming. Let us do the work for you! We hope that this guide to summer camps in SE MN provides the insight that you need to plan the best summer yet.
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Olmsted Medical Center Sports & Athletic Performance
Summer will quickly be here and with limited class sizes, now is the time to register for summer programs at Sports Medicine & Athletic Performance!
Strength and Conditioning Two-Day (Ages 13 and up)
Strength and Conditioning Three-Day (Ages 13 and up)
Strength and Conditioning Four-Day (Ages 13 and up)
Speed for Sport
Hockey Summer Camp Three-Day
Hockey Summer Camp Two-Day
J.E.T.S. Summer Camps are a great way for kids ages 3–10 to combine gymnastics, tumbling, outdoor activities, group games, music, and crafts around a new exciting theme each week. Camps are 9:00 am-12:00 pm Monday through Thursday each week. Campers are split up into groups by age to help maximize the level of fun. Super Sports Week, Wacky Water Week, and Pirate & Princess Week are only a few of the fun-filled themes we have planned for this summer. Be sure to reserve your spot soon, you won’t want to miss out on these incredible camps!
Rochester Area Family YMCA
Explore a variety of summer programs at the Rochester Area Family YMCA this summer! Enjoy weekly field trips and a variety of age-appropriate activities in Summer Power and Uproar or try one of our week-long Sports Camps. At the Y, there is something fun for everyone from kindergarten through grade 8!
For programming decisions related to COVID-19, please visit our website for the most up-to-date information.
Camp Victory is a Christian summer camp that offers some of the best day and overnight camp programming around! Our day camp has free transportation to and from Rochester, and each day is packed with outdoor activities your child will be talking about all year long. Our overnight camp is for grades 3-11, and features over 20 specialty camps for your camper to choose from, like Culinary Camp, Drone Camp, Creative Arts Camp, and more! We screen all of our staff to ensure your child has a safe and fun experience. Sign up today to avoid our waitlist!
Roca Climbing and Fitness
Come join Roca’s Summer Climbing Camps this year! Sign-up for one or more week-long camp this summer as they will change each session. Our summer camp program builds a foundation to focus on your child’s strengths while learning new skills and having fun. Climbing is one of the best ways to help your kids gain confidence both on and off the wall! The daily curriculum includes climbing games and activities, knot tying, bouldering, fundamental techniques, and fitness. All campers will get a FREE Roca gift at the end of the camp! All levels of ability and climbing experience are welcome!
Quarry Hill Nature Center
We’re wild about nature and getting kids outdoors! Curious kids will experience an adventure-filled week exploring the wild side of Quarry Hill Park. Paddle across the pond, scale the rock wall, examine natural artifacts, and observe wildlife up close alongside experienced leaders. Our summer nature day camps are designed by natural science educators and feature small group sizes perfect for hands-on experiences and relationship building.
Traditional day camp sessions throughout the summer are offered for youth entering grades 1 – 9 and include Nature Photography, Archeology Adventures, Senses & Defenses, Catching Critters, Hangin’ with the Birds, Adventure Biker, and more!
Registration is ongoing throughout the summer. Camp scholarships are available to qualifying campers. The Friend’s of Quarry Hill Nature Center will adhere to the Stay Safe MN/MDH and American Camp Association guidance and have adopted COVID safe practices.
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, located in beautiful Lanesboro, is home to a multitude of unique and adventurous overnight & day summer camps for kids starting in preschool up through 12th grade, as well as family camps. Make this summer the best ever for your child and give them an experience they’ll never forget by registering them for one of our awesome camps! Our camps allow campers to experience the best of Eagle Bluff’s activities (such as our popular High Ropes Course), but also have their own distinct theme. From learning to handle raptors to discovering what it’s like to sleep outdoors in their own shelter, Eagle Bluff campers gain new skills, build self-confidence, and foster their relationship with the natural world. Register your camper today!
Rochester Catholic Schools
Experience a summer at Rochester Catholic Schools that will keep your child engaged and growing in mind, body, and spirit, all summer long. Our Summer Care and Summer Academy programs provide a variety of unique offerings for grades PreK-12, led by RCS faculty, coaches, and other experts from the community. New this summer – tutoring options will be available.
Good Earth Village
Nestled in the bluffs of Southeastern Minnesota, Good Earth Village welcomes adventures for all ages! Our summer programs provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to be themselves, engage with peers and mentors, and explore their faith in the outdoors. Our diverse programs allow campers to find their own level of adventure. We offer youth and intergenerational programs. Our highly trained summer staff brings energy and create a safe space of acceptance and love to all campers. Come discover more about yourself and the world around you!
Whether your child is a future author, scientist, actor, or journalist we have the perfect summer camp for them to explore their favorite activities and interests through hands-on creative STEAM programming! Spark summer camps – SPARKAMP – feature engaging curriculum lead by experienced and knowledgeable instructors from the Rochester community. We’ve partnered with various organizations to bring an exciting series of summer camps to Spark for your children to learn, play and grow!
Rochester Gymnastics Academy
Rochester Gymnastics Academy camps are a fun, healthy, educational way for children ages 3 -12 to stay busy during the summer! Each weekly camp combines gymnastics, themed activities, crafts, and snacks. ROGA takes pride in working with athletes side-by-side to reach their potential, in an environment that fosters the development of strong character, teamwork, perseverance, and a sense of self-worth. Please see the ROGA website’s Camp Page for further details regarding the schedule, registration, and pricing. Keep in mind, we do offer a 20% discount if you register for all 12 weeks – SEE YOU IN THE SUMMER!!!
Camp Kingdom Kids
Camp Kingdom Kids is a full-time summer day camp for children ages 3 – 12. We are open 6:30 am – 5:30 pm from June 10 to August 16.
Our campers enjoy 10 weeks filled with field trips, friends, food, fun, and so much more. They are sure to make memories that last a lifetime!
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The Rochester Youth Sports Camp is a day camp for young athletes entering grades 2-8 who want to develop their skills in several sports and build their personal character. Campers will train in one sport for two days and then switch to another sport for the final two days. Campers will be divided into 3 groups for age-appropriate training. (Grades 2-3, 4-5, 6-8)
When: July 12th – 15th, 2021
Where: Regional Sports Center Field House (RCTC campus)
Introduce your child to the great lifetime sport of tennis through RTC, where our staff provides excellent instruction, mixed with a healthy dose of fun for ages 4 and up! Rackets available to borrow FREE of charge. Tennis offers total body wellness including fitness (steps), mental (strategy), agility (flexibility & reflexes), and laughter… the BEST medicine! Join us at Rochester Tennis Connection — where tennis, fitness, and fun connect! Call 507-288-4851 to inquire or register for classes.
Epic Endeavors Preschool Academy
Kids will stay engaged and have so much FUN at our EPIC summer camps! Your child will enjoy STEAM activities and numerous music, athletic camp options all summer long. Choose a 3 hour morning 9-12 or afternoon 12:45-3:45 week-long camp or enjoy special packages for 9-3:45 or full-day/week or full month/summer options. Extended drop-off and pick-up times are available.
EPIC summer campers may: Apprentice in areas such as coding or forensic science; get creative using different art mediums or enjoy engineering challenges; explore making music as a bell choir or reading and writing poetry; take part in summer Olympic competitions and other athletic games; research to become an expert to publish or create projects around outer space, history, famous artists, or marine biology. Pick one or all!
Camp RCLS is an active, Christian camp environment led by trained, nurturing staff for children entering Preschool (age 3)-Grade 5. Theme-based activities engage imaginations and interests all summer long, and friends bring the play for a fun-filled summer. Convenient and caring, Camp RCLS is pleased to welcome some of Rochester’s best from the 10-and-under crowd!
Naturescapes Day Camp
Swift Nature Camp
Swift Nature Camp for Boys & Girls ages 6-17 is filled with Friends, Fun, and Adventure. We specialize in a nurturing program for first-time overnight campers, offering additional staff to provide support and encouragement to overcome homesickness and build confidence. The program welcomes no more than 50 first-time campers, and the special attention that this intimate group receives is the reason that more than 98% of them wish to return.
Red Barn Learning Farm
We are now taking registrations for 2021 farm camp at Red Barn Learning Farm! Children ages 4-12 will learn many new skills to connect them with the farm. Our campers will spend 4 days on the farm (Mon-Thur) or we offer DAY CAMPS. The campers will be involved with farm chores, hands-on learning activities with animals & gardening, crafts, games & free play. We will focus on a different type of animal each day of camp. Your child will learn many new skills and will make new friends! Our camps fill up quickly – register early!
Shell Lake Arts Center
For over 50 years, the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, WI has been providing master teachers and a premium summer camp learning experience for students completing grades 6-12 and adults with programs offered in music, theatre, and visual arts. Join us for fun at the lake this summer!
Educational Day Camps