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Covid-19 Update: It’s safe to say that the 2020 Summer Camp season that we have grown accustomed to and love looks nothing like what we have experienced in the past. We’ve gone through all of our featured listings and updated the information about their programming to the best of our abilities. The good news is that there is still all sorts of great summer programming available for all kinds of fun and education!
We are so pleased to bring you the 2020 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 frustrating and stressful. We hope that this guide to summer camps in SE MN provides the insight that you need to plan the best summer yet!
last revised: June 8th, 2020
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 9:00am-12:00pm 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!
Covid-19 Update: All programming is suspended until further notice. Please check back often as the situation evolves.
Rochester Art Center
This year’s Total Arts Day Camp is all about storytelling. We are pleased to announce celebrated children’s author Melissa D. Savage will be leading camps around story books + art.
At TADC 2020 your child will engage in drawing, painting, designing and writing. Students will gain skills in creating their own stories and understanding how visual art tells a story! They will sequence a story board, create characters, and learn illustration techniques. Join us for a special evening where students share their creations with family and friends at Rochester Art Center! Sign up and explore how reading and writing goes hand in hand with art!
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!
Covid-19 Update: For programming decisions related to COVID-19, please visit the Summer Camp and Program Updates hub.
Camp Pillsbury, a unique sleep over camp that allows its campers to select their favorite activities and try new ones. No matter what their 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 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 in a rock band or play a musical instrument, learn to code 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 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.
COVID-19 Update: Sessions 1 & 2 will not be held this summer. The first session is Session 3 that starts on July 12th.
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! 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!
Covid-19 Update: Youth Summer Camps will begin in mid-July and August and be limited to 10 climbers.
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 3-9, and features over 23 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!
Covid-19 Update: Overnight Camps have been cancelled for the camping season. Day Camps and Day Camps Plus options will begin June 22.
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 peer and mentors, and explore their faith in the outdoors. Our diverse programs allow all campers to find their own level of adventure. We offer one day to five night programs, intergenerational programs, and specialized programs including art, high adventure, and service. Our highly trained staff bring energy and create a safe space of acceptance and love to all campers. Come discover more about yourself and the world around you!
Covid-19 Update: 2020 Summer Camp programming has been cancelled. Tune into our Facebook page every Thursday for Camp At Home.
Olmsted Medical Center - Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance
Summer programs are available at OMC Sports Medicine & Athletic Performance (SMAP)!
Whether you’re recovering from a sports injury or want to improve your athletic skills, find the support you need at OMC SMAP. Our sophisticated equipment and expert staff can help you with sports injury recovery, injury prevention, or skill improvement, no matter your age or activity level. Improve your athletic performance and reach your training goals with help from our certified athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches. Summer programs are available for hockey, strength and speed, and off-season training. NEW this year is the addition of sports nutrition services.
Covid-19 Upate: OMC Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance (SMAP) is opening for summer programs, June 22.
Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate! Campers in grades K-6 will spark their creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth’s ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex and learning the value of their ideas! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities inspiring children to ask questions, overcome obstacles and be confident in their innovative ideas. Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code LOCAL25 to save $25 (expires 3/31) or LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 5/12).
Covid-19 Update: Camp is on. This summer’s program has been reinvented to include both at-home and in-person options.
Quarry Hill Nature Center
Curious kids will experience an adventure filled week exploring the wild side of Quarry Hill Park. For almost 50 years, Quarry Hill has been engaging children using outdoor fun and investigation to learn about the natural world and create lasting camp memories. 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.
Camp sessions throughout the summer are offered for youth ages 4 – 9th grade and include Nature Photography, Whiz Kids, Scales & Slime, Fur-ology Fun, Geology Rocks, & Adventure Biker and more! Registration is ongoing throughout the summer. Camp scholarships are available to qualifying campers.
Covid-19 Update: Traditional summer amp programming has been cancelled at Quarry Hill for the 2020 season. However, they are offering “Wild About Nature: 2020 Quarry Hill Summer Camp in a Box.” Click here for more info.
Rochester Catholic Schools
RCS Summer Academy and Summer Care programs keep your child engaged and growing in mind, body, and spirit all summer long. Summer Academy provides engaging enrichment courses for children in kindergarten through grade 12 that are taught by RCS faculty and other experts from the community. Summer Care offers three- or five-days-a-week scheduling options for ages 3-12 and is filled with fun, faith, structured activities, and area field trips as well as easy access to attend Summer Academy. Register today!
Covide-19 Update: Summer Academy is Now enrolling for online classes in June AND in person classes beginning in July!
Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch
Located 15 minutes south of Rochester, Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch invites you to learn more about all of the different camps, retreats and activities taking place this summer. Ironwood offers day camps, overnight camps and horse camps for youth! Campers make new friends, build character and grow spiritually while having fun participating in a variety of activities like zip line, archery, challenge course, swimming, crafts and more. Connect with God through worship music, chapel speakers, and counselor-led small groups at Ironwood this summer.
Ironwood also provides additional programs like National Wheelchair Sports Camp, Military Family Camp, Autism Family Camp, Grandparent Camp, and ConnectABILITIES Camps (adult and family camps for individuals with cognitive challenges). Register online today! Sign up by May 1st and receive twenty dollars off all youth camp registration.
Covid-19 Update: Summer camp programming has been cancelled. Stay tuned for further updates about family camps and other activities.
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!
Covid-19 Update: Camp Kingdom Kids will begin summer camp programming on June 8th.
Introduce your child to great lifetime sport of tennis! 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 health 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!
Covid-19 Update: Please visit the website for the most up-to-date information on summer programming.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The Rochester Youth Sports Camp is a day camp for young athletes entering grades 2-8 (Fall 2020) 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 13 – 16, 2020 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
Who: Boys and Girls grades 2-8 (Fall 2020)
Covid-19 Update: 2020 Rochester Youth Sports Camp have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
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!
Covid-19 Update: All summer camp programming is proceeding as scheduled.
Camp RCLS is a fun, Christian camp environment led by trained, nurturing staff for children entering Preschool (age 3) – Grade 5. Theme-based activities and field trips engage imaginations and interests all summer long. Convenient and caring, Camp RCLS is a stimulating, safe place for your child to be this summer.
Covid-19 Update: There will be no Summer Academy classes in 2020 and registration for Camp RCLS is now closed.
Allegro School of Dance & Music
Join in the fun this summer at Allegro School of Dance and Music – Adventures in Dance, Once Upon A Dream, Budding Ballet, and so many more, with options for a few hours or a whole week! Dance is fun! Did you know it helps children grow physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively? With so many options, classes and camps fill quickly. Call now to register: 507-288-0125!
Covid-19 Update: Summer programming is offered on three platforms: pre-recorded classes, live online classes, and semi-private in-person classes.
The Reading Center
The Reading Center’s 26th K-12 Best of Basics Program will run July 6-31, 2020 and helps students with difficulty in reading, spelling, writing, and/or math. We have small group and 1:1 classes available. Please visit our website for full course descriptions and dates/times.
Covid-19 Update: Summer Programs will run July 6-31, 2020 entirely online.
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.
Covid-19 Update: Summer Camp programming will proceed as scheduled.
Immersion Youth Repertory
Join Immersion Youth Repertory this summer for a professional level theatrical training camp! Shakespeare camps: perform at the Shakespeare Festival June 13th at Graham Arena. Performance camps: perform full scale musical productions of “Guys & Dolls” or Monty Python’s “Spamalot.” Or try: Costume Construction, Technical Theatre Camps & Stage Makeup!
Covid-19 Update: The Summer theatrical training camps have been cancelled and special Summer Camp classes have been added. Please click here for summer class options.
Red Barn Learning Farm
Your child’s most unique camp experience will be at the farm! Our campers participate in chores, animal care, crafts, and plenty of farm play time. Campers learn self confidence, independence as well as make many new friends. We have 4-day options & day camps available throughout the summer.
Covid-19 Update: click hereRegular Farm Camp programming is full and Summer Day Camps have been opened. Please for more information.
Olmsted County 4-H
Jill, Megan, and Grace Pearson at Riverwood Studio in Oronoco offers a variety of exciting art camps such as String & Stitch, 3D Art, Crazy Art, Art Around the World, Cake & Cookie Decorating, Drama Camp, Fashion Design and more. These are popular, affordable camp for your creative kids! Check out the website and sign up soon. Camps fill quickly. Covid-19 Update: All summer camps have been moved online and reimagined to make the best of the current situation.
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! Covid-19 Update: The 2020 Summer Camp and Concert Season has been cancelled.
All Rochester Area Summer Camps (click to expand)