Discovering U

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Discovering U

Discovering U camps feature exciting, creative programs for youth to explore more about how to express themselves. Whether through artistic endeavors or personal development topics, these challenging and interactive sessions can open up a whole new world. In addition to the featured two to three hours of daily instruction, participants will be playing sports or games, swimming, rock climbing, and exploring the many facets of the University of Minnesota, resulting in a great, well-rounded experience.

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African Safari

African Safari

Go on a safari adventure this summer! Explore the exciting land and many animals that inhabit Africa in this wild camp. In five days you'll draw a variety of animals in various scenes with different media. Campers will challenge their artistic talents by creating two large scenes - one in a graphic style filled with a variety of animals and another focusing on the twists and turns of an African snake completed with pastel chalks.

Dates Ages Price
June 24 — 28 9 — 11 $294
August 5 — 9 6 — 8 $294

Art & Yoga

Art & Yoga

Join us in this exceptional camp that combines art and yoga. Start your day with yoga poses and games as you learn breathing and mindfulness techniques; and then unleash your creativity as you draw, paint, collage, sculpt and more!

Dates Ages Price
July  8 — 12 6 — 8 $309
July  22 — 26 6 — 8 $309

Art Explosion

Art Explosion

What do surface tension, color mixing, density, chemical reactions, and volcano science all have in common? They're all part of our new Art Explosion camp! You'll spend the week sparking your curiosity and passion, while gaining a deeper understanding, as you explore science concepts through art.

Dates Ages Price
July 29 — August 2 6 — 8 $274

Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing

Shape iron with fire and hammer! Ignite a passion for blacksmithing as you learn shop safety and gain basic knowledge of the dynamics of forging by making some cool (hot!) stuff. Please note that bladesmithing or swordsmithing, which are advanced forging techniques, are not covered in this class. Wear leather work boots or shoes, and all cotton clothing with long sleeves. All other safety equipment is provided. An additional waiver for Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center is required with registration.

Dates Ages Price
July 15 — 19 12 — 15 $354

Breaks and Beats

Breaks and Beats

"Hey...Give me a beat!" This exciting new camp introduces campers to Hip Hop and the process of making digital music. Learn and explore digital audio recording software used in Hip Hop instrumental production and create your own original audio work. After learning the ins and outs of producing an instrumental, campers will have the option to write lyrics or choreograph a dance. No previous musical training is necessary.

Dates Ages Price
June 24 — 28 12 — 15 $269
Auguts 19 — 23 12 — 15 $269

Camp Entrepeneur

Camp Entrepeneur

Take the lemonade stand to the next level. Unravel your millionaire mind set and passion for entrepeneurship in this fun filled, hands-on camp. Learn how to bring a business concept into reality and create exciting products through experiential activities in marketing, sales, and finance. Whether you're a born entrepeneur or an entrepeneur in the making, this camp will offer invaluable skills for success in life.

Dates Ages Price
July 29 — August 2 7 — 9 $316
July 29 — August 2 10 — 12 $316

Chef Academy

Chef Academy

Are you a budding chef? Then you'll love cooking camp with our friends at The Good Acre! Spend each day learning about and using locally-grown foods and globally inspired flavors to cook a delicious lunch. Award-winning chef, and former Top Chef contestant, Sara Johannes will lead younger campers through making meals from around the world, all featuring seasonal, local produce, while highlighting sustainable agriculture. Campers will get their hands dirty building fun skills while making homemade pizza or rolling vegetable sushi or creating a breakfast bonanza! Sara will spend the week teaching teen campers how to cook for themselves or a crowd covering everything from cooking well on a budget to making homemade pasta and enchiladas to exploring careers in the kitchen. The content for both camps is appropriate for budding chefs of all abilities and skill levels. Then everyone will enjoy the delicious and nutritious meal together!

Dates Ages Price
June 10 — 14 12 — 15 $389
July  15 — 19 12 — 15 $389
July  22 — 26 9 — 11 $389
August 5 — 9 9 — 11 $389

Children's Literature

Children's Literature

Expand your love for literature as you bring stories and characters to life through performance art in this new camp. Practice your writing skills by creating a group story to perform for family and friends at week's end.

Dates Ages Price
June 24 — 28 6 — 8 $274

Clay Animation

Clay Animation

Become a cinematographer with this perfect combination of clay building and digital animation. Working in small teams, campers begin by creating a story and the characters, sets, and props by hand. Then they put it all together in the production process while animating, recording, downloading and editing a movie. An exciting way to discover how your favorite animated movies really come to life!

Dates Ages Price
June 10 — 14 7 — 9 $324
July  22 — 26 9 — 11 $324

Color me WOW!

Color me WOW!

Are you mindful of the colors you see all around you, or thought about how much impact these colors have on your daily activities? Spend the week learning all about color theories and harmonies by literally filling the room with colors as you create a temporary stained glass window. Explore what color and color symbolism are, how famous artists use it, and how you can use it as a form of communication, too.

Dates Ages Price
August 12 — 16 9 — 11 $294
August 12 — 16 12 — 15 $294

Comic Book Creation 101

Comic Book Creation 101

Do you love comic books? Ever thought of creating one yourself? Comic Book Creation 101 will give you the tools to get started! From writing dialogue to inking and coloring, learn the step by step process of creating comics through idea generation and story development, script writing, layout, and illustration. By week's end, you'll be leaving with a finished short comic, or the start to a much larger story! It's all up to you!

Dates Ages Price
August 5 — 9 8 — 10 $279
August 5 — 9 11 — 14 $279

Drawing Animals

Drawing Animals

Spend the week drawing household pets, cartoon animals, and horses. Learn how to personify ordinary animals, transforming them into fully-realized cartoon characters! Challenge yourself as you draw horses of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Then, use different media to create colorful compositions which will help you strengthen your coloring skills.

Dates Ages Price
June 10 — 14 6 — 8 $294
June 17 — 21 9 — 11 $294
July  15 — 19 7 — 9 $294

Drop It, Roll It, Whack It, Move It

Drop It, Roll It, Whack It, Move It

Have you ever thought about how many other ways you can crack an egg, turn off the lights, or brush your teeth? There is always more than one way to solve a problem, and that’s just what this camp is about! Join us as we use scraps, stuff, things, string, and anything else we can find to invent a big “machine” that solves a small problem, in the style of Rube Goldberg--the more over the top, the better. Get your creativity and thinking caps on, this camp is like no other!

Dates Ages Price
July 8 — 12 11 — 13 $324
July 29 — August 2 10 — 12 $324

Fantasy Forest

Fantasy Forest

Magical, mythical, marvelous art is coming your way in this new camp with our friends from Young Rembrandts! Spend a week filled with fun and creative thought as we explore deep in the Fantasy Forest. Campers will tap into their imagination while learning to draw other-worldly creatures like fairies, trolls and a forest queen. Create beautiful scenery and new masterpieces every day. Don't miss out on this fanciful camp focused on creativity and whimsy!

Dates Ages Price
August 19 — 23 6 — 8 $294
August 19 — 23 9 — 11 $294

Glow and Go!

Glow and Go!

Glow in the dark, glitter, and metallic colors, along with other materials, combine to make this camp amazing! Join us and have a blast as we create amazing art that glows in the dark, as well as awesome projects with a spark. We'll make 3D fireflies that light up, glow in the dark owls, and glittery fireworks among many other fun projects. This camp will surely light up your creativity!

Dates Ages Price
June 10 — 14 8 — 10 $309
July  15 — 19 6 — 8 $309

Go Clayzy

Go Clayzy

Do you love clay? Then prepare to get messy, creative and muddy! In this fun, hands-on camp you'll make animals, ornaments, pinch pots and even famous characters with all sorts of clay and dough, from Air-Dry Clay to Model Magic. Slab, pinch, hand build, and sculpt your way through this creative camp that features an exciting combination of projects.

Dates Ages   Price
June 17 — 21 6 — 7   $309
June 17 — 21 8 — 10   $309

LEGO® Film School

LEGO® Film School

Create and make fantastic LEGO® movies! Campers will work in teams to create a short LEGO® Movie using LEGO® characters, sets, backgrounds and various props. Use your imagination & creativity to develop a LEGO® story while learning all of the technical details; including using a digital movie camera, filming scenes, stop-motion animation, downloading footage to the computer, digital editing, and adding finishing special effects and transitions to the movie. In this exciting hands-on learning class, our instructors will take campers through the entire digital filmmaking steps from start to finish. 

Dates Ages Price
July  8 — 12 8 — 10 $324
July  15 — 19 9 — 11 $324
August 12 — 16 6 — 8 $324
August 19 — 23 6 — 7 $324
August 19 — 23 8 — 10 $324

Metal Clay Exploration

Metal Clay Exploration

In this camp you'll work with silver metal clay and explore a number of sculpting and forming techniques. You'll choose from a variety of projects including pendants, earrings, zipper pulls, and more, and you'll learn how to fire and finish the pure silver objects you make! Campers must wear long pants made of natural fibers for the instructional time. Safety goggles and other equipment is provided. An additional waiver for Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center is required with registration.

Dates Ages Price
August 12 — 16 13 — 15 $354

Outdoor Adventure Photography: Canoe

Outdoor Adventure Photography: Canoe

Jump in a canoe at Bde Maka Ska, explore the campus' urban environment, and hike near Minnehaha Falls. Look at the world in a whole new way, as you search for the best shot to showcase at week's end! We will work within your limitations, as your own photography equipment is required for this camp (which could range from a smartphone to a DSLR camera depending on what you have.) Plan accordingly for weather with a cap, sunscreen, water bottle, and rain gear.

Dates Ages Price
August 5 — 9 12 — 15 $334

Outdoor Adventure Photography: Hike

Outdoor Adventure Photography: Hike

Outdoor Adventure and Nature Photography are a great way for you to get out, explore nature, and capture some beautiful images. Your appreciation and understanding of nature is sure to evolve as you hike and explore while looking for that perfect shot. Build your portfolio with vivid images that play with lighting, action, and color. Rain or shine, you're sure to have a great time. Plan accordingly for the weather with a cap, sunscreen, water bottle, and rain gear. We will work within your limitations, as your own photography equipment is required for this camp (which could range from a smartphone to a DSLR camera depending on what you have!)

Dates Ages Price
July  22 — 26 12 — 15 $334

Paint Galore

Paint Galore

It's time to roll up your sleeves and have fun creating with color! Explore your creativity in this artsy camp by painting awesome masterpieces while using many types of art techniques like multimedia painting, to painting on canvas along with watercolors. You'll have a blast making animals and landscapes, among other fun projects, while mixing colors to bring your creations to life.

Dates Ages Price
July 8 — 12 6 — 8 $309
July 22 — 26 8 — 10 $309

Playwrights & Performance

Playwrights & Performance

What do William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, and Tennessee Williams all have in common? They were all famous playwrights! Join us as we take a look at all the elements needed to write and perform a play in this fun and exciting camp. Learn how a playwright uses directions and dialogue to create a story. Work in small groups to build plot, scenes and develop characters. A performance on Friday will be the culmination of all your hard work to showcase your creativity!

Dates Ages Price
June 10 — 14 9 — 11 $284
July  22 — 26 12 — 15 $284

Self Defense

Self Defense

Awareness, avoidance, and physical techniques are all key features of self-defense training. This camp for both girls and boys will focus on concepts and techniques that are practical, simple and applicable to today’s world. Discussion on potential threats and negative situations will be included along with tips for avoiding danger and physical practice for self-protection. Our experienced instructor will facilitate the building of a safe, fun learning environment in this invaluable camp!

Dates Ages Price
June 17 — 21 12 — 15 $294
July 8 — 12 12 — 15 $294

Social Media

Social Media

This camp gives participants an opportunity to explore many areas of the social media landscape. Campers will spend part of each session outdoors, hiking and honing their photography skills. Learn journalism techniques: how to interview, how to edit, how to decide what to post and why. Beyond the hands-on skills required to effectively communicate over social media, campers will discuss how to stay safe online, how to promote social and environmental causes, and how to communicate with elegance and beauty. Social media is about much more than likes, it is a blossoming medium through which the future of work, politics, and social interaction will flow. This fun and exciting camp, led by an experienced journalist, is a great opportunity for future influencers to get a head start on their social media careers! Campers are encouraged to have a smart phone or camera.

Dates Ages Price
July 15 — 19 11 — 13 $334

Story Explorers

Story Explorers

Did you ever wonder why ants are everywhere? Or why some beetles and flies have a shimmery, rainbow-like shell? Explore traditional folk tales and what they have to tell us about animals, while actively investigating the science behind animal adaptations. We will learn and practicee storytelling techniques through group games, story-boarding, and voice and body movements to help your stories come alive. Each student will bring home a crafted story and a shadow puppet theater and puppets. Friday, students will have the opportunity to present their stories at a low-stress closing program. Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
July 29 — August 2 8 — 10 $299

The Drawing Lesson

The Drawing Lesson

Do you love to draw? Do you want to get better at drawing the world around you? This camp is great for those just learning to draw, and those looking to take their skills to the next level. We will focus on nine lessons over the course of the week that will help you improve your skills, and give you the tools to continue to improve long after camp is over. Learn about shading, negative space, creating compositions, and more. Every camper will receive their own drawing kit to take home!

Dates Ages Price
July 8 — 12 9 — 11 $279
July 29 — August 2 12 — 14 $279

Wizards of YP

Wizards of YP

Learning magic can also mean learning to tell good stories, being creative, gaining confidence, and entertaining while having as much fun as your audience. Spend the week learning from a real magician! Uncover the secrets of misdirection while creating mystery in your performance as you prepare to amaze your friends and families! In this camp you get to do much more than just learn some tricks; you get to be a magician. 

Dates Ages Price
June 17 — 21 10 — 12 $299
June 24 — 28 8 — 10 $299
August 12 — 16 8 — 10 $299