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We are so pleased to bring you the 2019 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!
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!
Quarry Hill Nature Center
Curious kids will experience an adventure filled week when they explore 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, Catching Critters, Archaeology Adventures, Woodworking for Wildlife, Animal Discoveries, Adventure Biker and many more! Registration is ongoing throughout the summer.
Quarry Hill members qualify for camp discounts!
Rochester Art Center
RAC Art Camp: Stop-Motion Animation Production
Have you ever wondered what goes into making an animated film? Are you curious about making your own movie? Building your own characters? Creating a screenplay? And putting it all together to make a completed film?
At RAC Art Camp 2019 you can be part of an animation production team and learn animation movie skills! You’ll get experience drawing, designing, animating and building as you work with a team to produce a film together. Learn together in age appropriate grades how to sync your voice to animation, storyboard a story, create characters, build scenery, light sets, and animate characters. By camp’s end, you and your team will have your own stop-motion animation film to screen for friends and family. Learn at RAC Art Camp skills that you can take forward to continue your work into the future!
Roca Climbing and Fitness
Come join Roca’s Summer Climbing Camps this year! Sign-up for one or more week-long camps this summer as they will change each session. Our summer camp program builds a foundation for strong,, goal-oriented, and motivated kids. Climbing is one of the best ways to help your kids gain confidence and have fun this summer! Daily curriculum includes climbing games and activities, learning to belay, bouldering, fundamental techniques, and fitness. All campers will get their choice of a FREE Roca t-shirt, cool shades, OR a climbing backpack! All levels of ability and climbing experience are welcome!
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 out a more specialized activity like horseback riding, farm to table cooking and sports camps. At the Y, there is something fun for everyone-from kindergarten through grade 8!
Olmsted Medical Center - Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance
Summer programs 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. Our high-energy environment—including services for baseball and softball, hockey, fitness and more—can help you learn, maintain, or improve your performance goals.
Rochester Catholic Schools
At Rochester Catholic Schools, we strive to enrich the minds, hearts, and spirits of our students throughout the summer as well as throughout the school year. We offer kindergarten through grade 12 enrichment as part of our Summer Academy and a summer child care program, for ages 3-12 years old, beginning June 2019!
Our Summer Care program is filled with faith activities, community field trips, easy access to attend RCS Summer Academy camps, and structured enrichment that will keep your child engaged and growing in mind, body, and spirit, all summer long!
To learn more about Summer Academy and our Summer Care program please visit our website.
Camp Pillsbury, recently named “Coolest Summer Camp in Minnesota”, offers over 100 activities to campers ages 6-17. Campers can participate in Circus Arts, Music, Sports, Theater, Dance, Fine Arts, Cheer, Technology, Magic, Water Sports, Equestrian, and much more. Our program allows campers to select their favorite activities. Every activity is open to all age groups and skill levels where we meet each child’s individual needs. Campers sleep in dorms and will be provided with great food, fun and friends in a safe throughout the summer in a safe and nurturing environment.
Camp Victory is a beautiful year-round retreat facilities and summer camp just 20 minutes north of Rochester. We offer so many different activities, like river tubing, laser tag, archery, riflery, tomahawk-throwing, crafts, and so much more. Your child will make new friends, learn about God, and have so much fun outside. We offer day camps and overnight camps; don’t forget to take advantage of our free transportation for day camp from Rochester! Your child will be talking about camp all school year long because it is so much fun, so register today!
Color Me mine
Color Me Mine is offering 8 different camp options this summer. Four – 4 day camps, 2 single day camps and 2 workshops specifically for Tweens. Each camp will offer pottery, clay, canvas/wood and tie dye projects….and much more! Campers bring a bag lunch and we offer a snack and juice.
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!
Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch
Ironwood’s Day Camps give young campers an intro to the summer camp experience without staying overnight, while our Overnight Camps provide an immersive experience where campers build relationships, develop character and grow spiritually. Campers will bond with their cabin mates, have fun while participating in a variety of activities and connect with God through worship music, chapel speakers and counselor-led small groups. Our day and overnight Horse Camps give campers first hand experience with riding, grooming, saddling and games, at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Ironwood is committed to serving youth of all abilities, and provide camp opportunities for youth with physical challenges (National Wheelchair Sports Camp), cognitive challenges (ConnectAbilities Camp) and for youth impacted by autism (Autism Family Camp) To learn more about Ironwood Springs, visit us online at ironwoodsprings.com.
Crossings at Carnegie
We love helping kids discover art, and we believe art can transform! At Crossings you’ll find real artists to inspire your children. Pair our great camps for an all day experience plus before/after care if necessary, healthy snacks and coordinated ride-sharing with others from your area. Limited financial scholarships available. Call us if you’d like help planning your summer!
Camp Olson YMCA
Camp Olson lies in the heart of Minnesota’s Northwoods. Olson has been providing life changing experiences to campers for over 60 years. Our programs Include options in Traditional Overnight, Sailing, Horseback Riding, Leadership Development, Family Camp and Mountain Biking. This summer at Camp Olson, youth will find caring counselors, new friends, and fun activities all in a safe and healthy environment.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
July 8-11, 2019
Grades 2-8 (Fall 2019)
Regional Sports Center Field House (RCTC campus)
Mon/Tues: Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse,
Golf* (grades 4-8 only)
Wed/Thurs: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Football, Tennis
The Rochester Youth Sports Camp is a day camp for young athletes entering grades 2-8 (Fall 2019) 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)
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!
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!
Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Supercharged™, where children build 21st-century skills and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations. Campers in grades K-6 will code and program futuristic robots, explore radio frequencies and unearth ancient fossils. Local educators will lead these innovative, hands-on STEM activities that build collaboration and creative problem-solving skills. Visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code INNOVATE25L to save $25 (expires 3/22) or PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10).
Rochester MN Moms Blog
We are so pleased to bring you the 2019 Guide to Summer Camps in SE Minnesota: a complete guide to all the camps in our area! In this guide 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!
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. RCLS Summer Academy classes are open to any family in the Rochester area and are designed to enhance your K-8 child’s summer and give him/her opportunities to explore areas of interest. These summer options offer Grace, Faith, and Learning for Life for your child in central Rochester. Convenient and caring, Camp RCLS is for your child!
Olmsted County 4-H
Red Barn Learning Farm
Enjoy a fun week on the farm by participating in chores, learning animal care, doing crafts, and making friends! We start each day caring for the animals and then studying a specific animal with hands-on experiences and a corresponding craft. Our campers will take pride in a job well done!
Immersion Youth Repertory
Summer Theatre Camps for all ages!
Broadway Bound (K – 3); June 10 – 14, Perform at the Shakespeare Festival June 15th!
Shakespeare Camp (6-12); June 10 – 14, Perform at the Shakespeare Festival June 15th!
Honk JR (4-12); July 8-12, Perform at Century High School July 12 & 13th!
Les Miserables (8-12); July 15 – 26 , Perform at the Mayo Civic Center July 26 & 27th!
Willomina Art Studio
Classes and projects are rooted in art history with a twist! Students learn to embrace their inner artist while creating and learning the fundamentals of painting and drawing!
Summer Camps Guide
Our 2019 Guide to Summer Camps in SE Minnesota is the area’s most comprehensive listing of camps. Find all sorts of camps…and don’t forget to use our tool that sorts camps by type at the bottom of this post!
Olmsted County History Center
Pioneer Life Summer Day Camp 2019
Young boys and girls will have the chance to see what life was like and pretend they lived 150 years ago.
Schoolhouse Summer Day Camp 2019
Children will have a chance to step back in time and learn what it was like to be a student in a one-room schoolhouse. When the bell rings, students will begin a day of learning and reenacting.
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!
Aldrich has served children for 74 years through intentional play-based learning. We offer 6 weeks of summer camp fun for children ages 3-5, and children do not have to be an Aldrich student to attend. Each week is planned around a different theme and includes plenty of time outdoors.
All Rochester Area Summer Camps (click to expand)