COVID-19 Response: Updates & FAQs

Youth Programs

After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel and refund all Youth Program camps currently scheduled for this summer. YP staff closely reviewed Minnesota Department of Health and Center for Disease Control’s guidelines for youth and student programming, and determined we are not able to meet our high standards of programming for our camps as they were originally structured.

All refunds for families registered will be provided via a check from the University that will be sent to the parent/guardian name and address used on your registration. We will be processing refunds as quickly as possible, as we know the public health crisis has caused financial hardship for many families, but it will take several weeks to process all of the transactions. 

Thank you for your ongoing support of Youth Programs. We were so looking forward to seeing you and all of our YP kids this summer and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. We hope that you will consider continuing to participate in the future and have a safe, fun, healthy summer.

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Find Your True North

We cultivated curiosity, and found our inner leaders while being our own compasses through summers filled with exciting hands-on activities exploring interesting new topics. This summer, we're excited to come along on the journey as you find your true north and that gentle pull towards your authentic self. Every youth camp not only features hands-on activities, but also indoor rock climbing, swimming, themes & projects, quality arts & crafts, and recreational games with the best staff around. Inviting green spaces, unique experiential learning opportunities, and world class facilities make this a welcoming summer place to explore, discover, learn and grow. You're welcome here, and we can't wait to see you! 




Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are all accepted online payment methods. Payments for online registration must be made in full to register. If a camp is full, you will be given the option to be put on a waitlist. There is no charge for waitlisting.

2020 Summer Camp Brochure

Parent Handbook

University Youth Programs
St Paul Gymnasium
1536 N Cleveland Ave
St Paul, MN 55108
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