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Gopher Adventures

Our traditional Gopher Adventures focuses on exciting new activities, developing new interests, friendships, and problem solving skills in a safe and fun environment, and enjoying all of the favorites at camp. Check out our new free & interactive online theme weeks this summer, with supplemental activity boxes for purchase to enjoy camp activities at home with your whole family!

Gopher Adventures (Activity Box)

Gopher Adventures (Activity Box)

 (Includes a mix of independent and partner activities)

Welcome to our Gopher Adventures Activity Box! Here is your opportunity to experience a little piece of our traditional YP camp favorites with your friends and family. Whether you enjoy hands-on & crafty projects, active or intellectual games (or both!), or want to tie dye your own facemask (so you can go out and be active safely), we’ve got you covered. Your adventure continues with a self led scavenger hunt around St. Paul campus to enjoy with your family or friends while you earn your St Paul Scavenger Hunt Patch, as well as a featured activity from our partners at the Arboretum for you to enjoy in the nature spaces around you.

Featured partner - U of M Arboretum

The U of M Landscape Arboretum supports kids and families in their quest to get outside and explore nature in their own neighborhoods. As you safely venture out, listen carefully to the sounds of nature. What can you hear? Can you see any pollinators flying around? If you enjoy the scavenger hunt, check out the Arboretum's website  for options on purchasing the full kit! You can also find more hands-on science home activity kits and info for planning an in-person visit this link.

Activity Box includes the following activities & supplies:

Tie Dye Facemask (some household items not included). Tie die your own facemask to use when you're out  and active in your community! Check out the cool tie dye designs inside and learn how to twirl and tie your mask for your perfect design. Ask your adult’s permission to use up the remaining dye on something you already own--jazz up those socks! How about a pillow case? Then sport your cool new look around town and show us how you’re being safe!

Out and About: St. Paul Campus Scavenger Hunt There’s a lot to see & do on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. Explore many of the unique sites on campus and around camp.  Follow the clues, answer the questions, and take some pictures of your journey along the way! Send us your pictures as you safely create new memories of YP with your friends and family. When you complete the scavenger hunt you can earn an extra special patch as a memento of your experience.

Camp Favorites Card Games Card games are everywhere at YP, from the gym to the M steps, campers are playing a variety of games - some that you can find here!  Game Instructions included on separate sheets.

  • Princess: A camp favorite that is a combination of luck and strategy! Be the first to get rid of all of your cards and win the game!
  • Garbage: A game that’s anything but garbage, the first to to cards 1-10 finishes the game 
  • James Bond: This fast paced game will you have on your toes as you race to beat your opponent
  • Spoons: Collect four-of-a-kind and don’t be left without a spoon in this camp favorite game 

Get Up & Go Games Camp is the perfect place to get moving in the courts or on the fields, and now you can share these exciting games with your family and friends at home! These group games are sure to get your heart racing and can be easily modified for any physical distancing accommodations.

  • Four Square - Bounce your way to the top square in this group game of quick movements.
  • Spud - Have quick reflexes and don’t get hit. Be the last to spell out “spud” to win this fun game! 
  • Frogger - It’s up to the detective to find the sneaky frogger before they’ve frozen everyone! 
  • Ninja - Slash and chop your way to a victory as you try to be the last ninja standing. 
  • BananaTag - Put your running shoes on because in this game everyone’s “it"!  
  • GaGaGa Ball - Usually played in our racquetball courts, you can play this game at home with all the same exhilarating fun of being at camp! 
  • Ships & Sailors - Listen carefully and don’t hesitate or you’ll be out! This game will challenge you to collaborate and move quickly if you want to make it to the end

Crafty Camper  Our campers can never get enough of these activities! Lanyards, friendship bracelets, and chalk are all great ways to express yourself and create art to remember! Ideas for use and instructions included.

Recommended for kids with interest in:

  • Exploring
  • Staying Active
  • Creativity
  • Games

First available curbside pickup and/or shipping dates will be the week of June 7th. Limited boxes available until sold out. Shipping available to Minnesota residents for an additional $15 shipping & handling fee.

First Available Dates Recommended Ages Price
Week of June 7th 7+ $55

Wizards of YP: Summer Magic

Wizards of YP: Summer Magic

This Activity Box is a sampler of our popular Wizards of YP camp. YP Staff and our very own resident magician, Tom Crone,  provide unique video instruction. This box includes store bought tricks (Cups and Balls and Tell-a-Vision), card tricks (deck of cards, one way card telepathy and upside down deck), rope and tricks, as well as everyday magic with objects you can find at home.

Kit includes the following activities & supplies:

Tom’s Coin Trick  Watch & learn from our resident magician as he splits coins evenly in his hands only to reveal 6 coins in one hand and none in the other. How did he do it?

Cups and Balls With three cups and three balls, you will use magic to make the balls pass right through the cup's barriers! 

Television Do you believe in mind reading? Learn how Tom uses the power of the mind to correctly unveil a volunteer's favorite color choice without ever seeing it! You'll soon be performing this magic trick to the awe of your family and friends!

Key to Your Mind Cut the deck and pick a card! Using the power of mental magic, you will be able to find your audience members card no matter how many times they cut the deck.

Upside Down Abracadabra and topsy turvy! Right side up is now upside down. How did you get the chosen cards to reveal themselves? Magic!

Point the Way Pick a card, any card. Once your volunteer from the audience has memorized it and laid the cards out on the table, you'll be able to use mental magic to point the way to the chosen card.

You'll also find a magician's rope and supplies for a disappearing coin and rope trick!

Recommended for kids with interest in

  • Magic
  • Tricks
  • Mystery
  • Trying new things
  • Learning new games

Magic Activity Box - 1 per child

First available curbside pickup and/or shipping dates will be the week of June 7th. Limited boxes available until sold out. Shipping available to Minnesota residents for an additional $15 shipping & handling fee.

First Available Dates Recommended Ages Price
Week of June 7th 8+ $55

Wizards of YP: Magic Marvels

Wizards of YP: Magic Marvels

Welcome to another summer of magic! This Camp-in-a-Box is the second edition of our Wizards of YP at home experience and offers the next level of magical exploration, featuring once again, YP’s own resident magician, Tom Crone. Unique video instruction features a quick intro, demonstration and how-to of each trick, common errors and tips, and some information about presentation. Written instructions included for all tricks, in case there is not immediate access to the internet or devices. This box includes store bought tricks, card tricks, rope tricks and a booklet (with some supplies) on how to amaze your family and friends with 100 different gimmicks. 

It includes the following activities & supplies for:

The Vanishing Silk and 4 Other Miracles Learn a secret and join magicians around the world as you shock and amaze your audience. These tricks will open the door to hundreds of possible routines as you practice your skills.

The Mystery Ropes Keep your audience at the edge of their seats with this optical illusion. Three ropes...three different lengths...or are they all the same? In this trick you will use the power of optical illusions to mystify your onlookers, leaving them scratching their heads as to how you magically modified your ropes.

Ball and Steel A small steel ball and tube are passed out for inspection. The ball clearly rests on top of the tube, as it is too large to go into it. Without touching the ball, the magi commands the ball to sink into the tube, and it slowly obeys the command. Mind over matter!

The Flying Aces This trick will leave your viewers bewildered as you magically pull your aces from the deck. Learn each step with our resident magician as he walks you through this mind boggling, magical card maneuver.

The Ninja Aces For your next trick, these Aces become Ninjas and are sent into the deck to capture four kings. Work your magic and cast a ninja shadow over the deck as they vanish completely. Spread the deck to reveal that the Ninja aces have captured your kings!

Behind the Back Mind Reading Now, young magician, it is time to test out your mind reading skills. For this trick, you will explain and demonstrate that a stack of ten or so cards will be placed behind your back, the top face down card of the stack will be brought to the front, with only that one card showing. Direct your spectator to focus on that card, while you read their mind and name the card. Repeat this trick a few times to prove your mind reading abilities.

Recommended for kids with interest in

  • Magic
  • Tricks
  • Mystery

Magic Activity Box - 1 per child

First available curbside pickup and/or shipping dates will be the week of June 28th. Limited boxes available until sold out. Shipping available to Minnesota residents for an additional $15 shipping & handling fee.

First Available Dates Recommended Ages Price
Week of June 28th 8+ $75

Summer 2021 Online Theme Weeks

Summer 2021 Online Theme Weeks

While we may not be together in person in our traditional way this summer, we are excited to bring some of the Gopher Adventures experience to you in the comfort of your home. Each week, join us as we explore, discover, and create throughout 10 weeks of themed, free and fun online content on Facebook and Instagram that you can access right from the comfort of your safe space. Learn about what kinds of experiences you can expect each day through our daily themes, described below.

  • YP Heroes
  • Imagination Station
  • Space & Science
  • Color Collisions
  • Around the World
  • We are UMN
  • Gopher Olympics
  • Splashtastic
  • Super Sleuth
  • YP's Got Talent

Mindfulness Monday

It's time to let the mind wander and put yourself first. We will provide you with exhilarating activities to improve your overall mindset and fitness habits. It's time to focus on you!

Challenge Time Tuesday

Ready, set, go! Join us each week for a fun challenge to develop your skills and enhance your at-home camp experience. We know you have what it takes. Good luck, and at the end of the day, have fun!

Buzzword Wednesday

We can't bee-lieve it's another year of sweet words that you can add to your vocabulary. These words will make you reach into the depths of your mind in order to understand the power of a single word. A single word can provide the honey for a flower to pollinate!

Tour/Demo Thursday

There are many fantastic connections that we have at the University. We will be teaming up with different departments and community organizations in order to bring you really fun experiences!

Festive Friday

It's time to get festive! Join us in spreading cheer around our community with fun events and pumping tunes that we know you will love! Music is important to us everyday; it's time to crank up the sound and excitement this summer!

Art & PE

Join us virtuall all summer long for weekly art projects and physical activities. These activities will be posted through our social media with supplemental resources for you to use and try out in the convenience of your own home! Materials and supplies will need to be found at home. Join in on the fun as the activities coordinate with each themed week this summer, adding to an interactive and engaging at home experience.

                                        YP Facebook                                         YP Instagram

Imagination Station (Theme Week Activity Box)

Imagination Station (Theme Week Activity Box)

Explore how far you can stretch your imagination and creativity! Through science experiments and building challenges, your brain will be put to the test. Take this box home and discover where your imagination takes you! Enhance your youth's experience this summer with an activity box specially designed to coordinate with an online theme week! These activity boxes will support the learning taking place during camp weeks and also allow campers to further explore their creativity and imagination.

Includes the following activities and needed supplies for:

Elephant Toothpaste There will be a mess approaching as you complete this activity and create your very own colored reaction!

Scavenger Hunt Sensory Bag Create a sensory experience using hair gel, glitter, food coloring, and some items found on your scavenger hunt adventures.

Design Challenges Put your building skills to the test using a variety of different challenges to guide you. Can you build a rocket? How about a car or your dream room? Or even a YP maze! Share photos of your creations and see the fun creations others have made!

Play-doh Creations Create masterpieces using your own homemade play dough!  Construct your favorite meal, an underwater creature, or even a replicated item. Explore your creativity by creating a home competition or even a game of playdough pictionary sculpting.

Tallest Tower Test Put your imagination to the test to create the ultimate tallest tower with an assortment of random items. In the end, your tower should be sturdy enough to stand alone without any helping hands.  Recruit your friends and family members to make it a competition of who can create the tallest tower in the fastest amount of time. Happy building!

Board Game Invention (some household items not included) Do you love to play board games? Well now here is your chance to create your own! Using the brainstorming and sketching templates provided in this activity box you will be asked to come up with the main ideas and themes of known board games. You can then take the time to design your own board game consisting of all your own rules (but don’t cheat to make yourself the winner). Once you have finished, gather your family or friends and host a game night consisting of playing your board game invention.

Recommended for kids with interest in:

  • Creativity
  • Use of brain/imagination
  • Exploring
  • Designing or architecture
  • Experiments
  • Challenges

Imagination Station Activity Box - 1-2 per household recommended

First available curbside pickup and/or shipping dates will be the week of June 7th. Limited boxes available until sold out. Shipping available for an additional $15 shipping & handling fee.

First Available Dates Recommended Ages Price
Week of June 7th 7+ $55

Space & Science (Theme Week Activity Box)

Space & Science (Theme Week Activity Box)

Test your understanding of space and science! Participants will take on fun activities that will both educate and challenge their scientific minds. It's time for you to explore the depths of space and science. Enhance your youth's experience this summer with an activity box specially designed to coordinate with an online theme week. These activity boxes will support the learning taking place during camp weeks and also allow campers to further explore their creativity and imagination.

Includes the following activities and needed supplies for:

Universe Slime - Explore the depths of space without leaving your room! Join us in this activity where we take slime to the next level. Bring your creativity and imagination to the table and see your creations take place! 

Moon Shapes - The moon has different phases which are formed by the placement of the moon's orbit and reflection from the sun. Your challenge: recreate these phases using a favorite treat. 

Galaxy Jars -  Join us in creating your own galaxy jars which will allow you to enjoy the lights of space, while also providing you a warming night light for your room.

Paper Mache Planets - It is time for you to show your creative side in this activity! With all this talk about space, why not create your own planets that you can hang up in your rooms! It is time to explore the depths of space and your imagination!

Time Travel Spinners - Have you ever wondered what the past was like? In this activity, you will put on your creative hat and design a spinner that allows you to travel through time! Times you could explore are Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt and more. Are you ready to experience the past?

Recommended for kids with interest in:

  • Space
  • Science
  • Experiments
  • Time 
  • Exploration

Space & Science Activity Box - 1-2 per household recommended

First available curbside pickup and/or shipping dates will be the week of June 7th. Limited boxes available until sold out. Shipping available to Minnesota residents for an additional $15 shipping & handling fee.

First Available Pickup and/or Shipping Dates Recommended Ages Price
Week of June 7th 7+ $55

Color Collisions (Theme Week Activity Boxes)

Color Collisions (Theme Week Activity Boxes)

Experience the delight of colors! Explore the exciting world of color combinations as you learn different ways to mix it up. Get ready to pain, mod podge, tie dye, and embark on a scavenger hunt. Take this box home to see how you can explore colors using your whole body. Enhance your youth's experience this summer with an activity box specially designed to coordinate with an online theme week. These activity boxes will support the learning taking place during camp weeks and also allow campers to further explore their creativity and imagination.

Includes the following activities and needed supplies for:

Color Wheel Mod Podge - We have a challenge for you! It’s time to explore the different colors and shades that you find in everyday objects, such as magazines. Join us in creating a color wheel which will wheel-y allow you to explore the depths of colors, while also learning about secondary colors and tertiary colors!

Tie Dye Drawstring Bag - If you’re looking for a new, stylish bag to take with you as you embark on your summer adventures, this activity is for you! Join us in creating your very own Tie Dye Bag, using the colors of your choice. This activity will allow you to explore the beauty within colors and design.

Splatter Painting - Are you ready to get a little messy? For the activity you will be mastering how to flick your wrist and splatter some paint. Use the color mixing guide found in this activity box to create your desired colors. Then start mixing and splattering to create a unique never before seen splatter canvas. Hang it up in your room or even give it as a gift to a loved one for everyone to admire your work!

Color Scavenger Hunt - Colors are all around us, and in this scavenger hunt you will be able to open your eyes to all the different colors that we see on a daily basis. You will be exploring around your home, outside, or in an environment of your choosing to find colored items. Follow the clues, answer the riddles, and take some pictures along the way! Post pictures of the colorful items you found on your color journey for all of YP to see!

Walking Water Rainbow Walking water? Have you ever seen such a thing?! Slowly, you get to see how water is absorbed and color is transferred to create some fun color mixing!

Recommended for kids with interest in:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Coloring
  • Painting
  • Exploring
  • Learning new activities

Color Collisions Activity Box - 1-2 per household recommended

First available curbside pickup and/or shipping dates will be the week of June 28th. Limited boxes available until sold out. Shipping available for an additional $15 shipping & handling fee.

First Available Pickup and/or Shipping Dates Recommended Ages Price
Week of June 28th 7+ $55

Super Slueth (Theme Week Activity Box)

Super Slueth (Theme Week Activity Box)

Put your detective hats on and discover your inner mysterious side. Hone your super sleuth skills, and rise to the challenge of becoming better detectives. By the end of this box, you will become a YP certified secret agent! Enhance your youth's experience this summer with an activity box specially designed to coordinate with an online theme week. These activity boxes will support the learning taking place during camp weeks and also allow campers to further explore their creativity and imagination.

Includes the following activities and needed supplies for:

Secret Agent ID - This week is going to be full of challenging and fun secret agent missions. But what does every secret agent need to have? Yes, you guessed it, a secret agent ID! It’s time to go undercover and hide your true identity. Create your ID and make sure to hold onto it when you attempt your challenges throughout the week. Have fun!

Fingerprint Detective - Do you have what it takes to solve the crime? Not only is this activity fun for campers, but will also educate campers on fingerprints and how easy it can be to uncover them. We all have our unique stamp, it’s time to analyze yours!  

Code Cracking - We need your help to solve these tasks! You have a new Secret Agent mission, but are you up to the challenge? Your job is to uncover the messages which will reveal your ultimate camp lingo!

Super Sleuth  Scavenger Hunt - Use your detective skills to find different locations using clues. Hint: Any of your secret agent training leading up to this may help you through these activities, so if you get stuck, look through some of your previous tasks. Remember, you cannot be a detective without your secret agent ID’s being created and worn. See the Activity Box printout for clues!

Mythbusting Mayhem -  Use your curiosity and secret agent skills to carry out a variety of experiments. These experiments are based on myths you may have heard of before. You will have the task of deciding whether or not you believe these debunking myths are true and explaining this using the evidence from your experiments. Do you have what it takes to earn your YP Challenge Patch? We think you do!

Recommended for kids with interest in:

  • Mysteries
  • Challenges 
  • Riddles 
  • Problem Solving
  • Theories and Myths

Mythbusters Activity Box - 1-2 per household recommended

First available curbside pickup and/or shipping dates will be the week of June 28th. Limited boxes available until sold out. Shipping available for an additional $15 shipping & handling fee.

First Available Pickup and/or Shipping Dates Recommended Ages Price
Week of June 28th 7+ $55