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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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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
June  22 — 26 6 — 8 $309
July  6 — 10 6 — 8 $309

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 13 — 17 12 — 15 $354

Book Design

Book Design

Have you ever wanted to design your own book? Now you can! This camp will take you through the process of design to create your very own storybook, from brain-storming and character design to book binding.

Dates Ages Price
 August 3 - 7  9 - 11  $294
 August 3 - 7  12 - 15  $294

Breaks and Beats

Breaks and Beats

"Hey...Give me a beat!" This camp will introduce campers to Hip Hop as they learn and explore Digital Audio Workspace software, creating their own instrumental production. Once they learn the ins and outs of producing their own instrumental, campers will then have the opportunity to write lyrics and record a song to present to the group at the end of the week. No previous musical training is necessary.

Dates Ages Price
June 22 — 26 11 — 14 $269
Auguts 17 — 21 12 — 15 $269

Circus

Circus

Here's your chance to run away with the cirucs for a week! This camp is designed to introduce children to the excitement of circus trapeze arts. Participants will use balance, flexibility, and strength as they learn basic tricks and movements of the static trapeze and lyra. They will also have the opportunity to develop teamwork and trust through body balancing exercises. Campers are given the opportunity to discover their unique sense of creative expression, and to gain a better understanding of their own body movements and capabilities.

Dates Ages Price
June 8 — 12 6 — 8 $294
June 15 — 19 8 — 10 $294
July 20 — 24 7 — 9 $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
July 20 — 24 8 — 10 $284
July 20 — 24 11 — 13 $284

Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Experience a day in the life of a designer! Throughout the week, you'll become furniture designers, ride designers, graphic designers and more. Delve into design work using design thinking to solve problems, create and test ideas, and have lots of hands on fun. End the week competing in "So You Want to be a Designer", a new game show designed by you and your fellow campers based on design challenges!

Dates Ages Price
July  13 — 17 9 — 11 $304
July  13 — 17 12 — 15 $304

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 6 — 10 11 — 13 $324
July 27 — 31 10 — 12 $324

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons

Do you have a hearty imagination and a strong spirit for adventure? The classic game of high fantasy, magic, monsters, fae, dungeons and dragons teaches fierce problem solving, fervent teamwork, and ferocious creativity that cannot be matched. Learn the game at a beginner level, create your own character, and play in an adventure designed to be both an introduction and a challenge to your skills.

Dates Ages Price
June 15 — 19 12 — 15 $289

Game Modding with Unity

Game Modding with Unity

Learn to make video games more fun by creating custom modifications! In this camp, you will learn Unity, a powerful programming suite used by professional game and indie game developers, to make mod micro-video games. Spend the week learning how to creat a modifiable racing game, and learning how to make the car, speed booster pad, custom triggers, track twists, animations and more. (This software is available to download at home for free, but bring a USB/flash-drive to camp!)

Dates Ages Price
July 27 — 31 9 — 11 $324
July 27 — 31 12 — 14 $324

Geometric Art

Geometric Art

Use creative mathematical thinking to transform patterns and shapes into art. Explore the properties of polygons, platonic solids, and other two and three dimensional shapes. Design unique patterns and construct models in a real-world exploration of the art of geometry.

Dates Ages Price
August 10 — 14 9 — 11 $289

Glass & Fire

Glass & Fire

Take the bead making challenge. This is a unique opportunity to work with a mounted torch and Italian soft glass. All of the beginner techniques including safety protocol, tool and equipment use, shaping and decoration will be practiced daily. Campers must wear long pants made of natural fibers for the instructional time. Safety goggles and other equipment provided. An additional waiver form for the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center is required.

Dates Ages Price
August 10 — 14 13 — 15 $354

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 15 — 19 6 — 8   $309
July    6 — 10 8 — 10   $309

LEGO® Film School

LEGO® Film School

Let's 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
June  8 — 12 9 — 11 $324
July  27 — 31 6 — 8 $324
August 17 — 21 6 — 7 $324
August 17 — 21 8 — 10 $324

Magical Creatures

Magical Creatures

Join the craze for magical creatures in this new creative camp! Campers will draw, paint, and sculpt to create extroardinary projects like a clay llama, unicorn horn charm, narwahl collage, and other whimsical projects!

Dates Ages Price
June 8 — 12 6 — 7 $309
June 8 — 12 8 — 10 $309

Messy Art Blast

Messy Art Blast

Unleash your grubby side of art! Get ready to splatter, squirt, smear and more! We'll have fun creating our own slime, splatter painting like Jackson Pollock, creating our own puffy paint ice cream, sculpting with clay, and many other exciting and messy projects throughout the week!

Dates Ages Price
July  13 — 17 6 — 8 $309
August  3 — 7 8 — 10 $309

Minecraft Game Design

Minecraft Game Design

Love Minecraft? This camp introduces you to an entirely different game genre of Minecraft Gaming: The Adventure Map! Learn advanced game design topics while creating challenge obstacle courses and puzzles. Campers will be able to take their completed adventure maps home at the end of the week. (Bring a flash-drive on Friday!)

Dates Ages Price
July 6 — 10 7 — 9 $324
August 10 — 14 8 — 10 $324

Outdoor Adventure Photography: Canoe

Outdoor Adventure Photography: Canoe

Jump in a canoe at Bde Maka Ska to 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
July 20 — 24 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
June  8 — 12 12 — 15 $334

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 8 — 12 9 — 11 $284
July  20 — 24 12 — 15 $284

Pokemon Art

Pokemon Art

Calling all Pokemon fans! Get ready to have a blast as you explore your creative side bringing virtual designs to life and learning how to draw, paint, collage and sculpt creatures from Pokemon to take home.

Dates Ages Price
July 27 — 31 8 — 10 $309
August 3 — 7 6 — 8 $309

Pokemon: The Gathering

Pokemon: The Gathering

Run into the world of Pokemon and learn about the vast universe that Ash and his friends have traveled through for nearly two decades. Then, collect your mana and deploy your creatures as you learn to play Magic the Gathering (or learn to play it better), all while developing social, critical and creative thinking skills! You will spend the week honing your mathematical strategy and reading skills, while expanding your vocabulary and making new friends as you travel through the worlds of Pokemon and Magic the Gathering! No previous experience needed, and you'll take home your very own starter decks at the end of the week.

Dates Ages Price
 July 20 - 24  9 - 11 $289
 August 17 - 21  10 - 12 $289

Self Defense

Self Defense

Awareness, avoidance, and physical techniques are all key features of self-defense training. This camp 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 22 — 26 12 — 15 $294
July 6 — 10 12 — 15 $294

STEAM Makerspace

STEAM Makerspace

Explore different STEAM technologies ranging from circuit and engineering to coding and art! Campers will become part of the maker movement. This dynamic camp filled with hands-on projects will empower and inspire campers to express their own creativity. Projects include LED paper circuit cards, kinetic art sculptures, digital animations, mechanical creations and more!

Dates Ages Price
August 10 — 14 6 — 8 $324
August 10 — 14 10 — 12 $324

Story Explorers

Story Explorers

Did you ever wonder why turtles have cracked shells? Or why some bears have stubby tails? Explore traditional folk tales and their views about curious animal traits, and ponder these creative ideas as you actively investigate the science behind modern explanations. Along the way, use story-boarding to create a story explaining why an animal has a certain curious trait. Learn and practice using storytelling techniques to help your stories come alive through voice and body movements. Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
June 22 — 26 8 — 10 $299

The Comic Strip

The Comic Strip

Do you like to read the Sunday funnies? Want to learn how to draw them yourself? This beginner's camp will teach you how to make others laugh with your drawings and words.

Dates Ages Price
July 13 — 17 6 — 7 $284
July 13 — 17 8 — 9 $284

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 6 — 10 9 — 11 $289
July 27 — 31 12 — 14 $289

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 15 — 19 10 — 12 $299
June 22 — 26 9 — 11 $299
August 10 — 14 8 — 10 $299

YP School of Wizardy

YP School of Wizardy

Discover your inner wizard at YP's School of Wizardry! You'll be sorted into your wizard house, take a potions class, care for magical creatures and close out the week with a grand feast and competition for the house cup.

Dates Ages Price
June 15 — 19 9 — 11 $299
August 3 — 7 10 — 12 $299