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Tax Credits, Flex Spending, and Receipts

Tax Credits, Flex Spending, and Receipts

Summer camps also qualify for child care reimbursement, flex spending accounts, and tax credits. Tax ID number (41-6007513) and proof of amount paid are found on receipts. If you need to request a past year's receipt, view the directions here.

Camp Structure

Camp Structure


  • All camps are scheduled weekly, allowing flexibility to select and combine any number of weeks throughout the summer.
  • All camps meet for the full day, approximately 8:45 am — 4:15 pm.
  • All camps include daily recreational activities in addition to the selected topic.
  • Small group sizes for each camp provide an exceptional, high quality, personal experience. Camps are limited to a maximum of 14 youth or less, with a minimum of 2 staff (1:7 ratio).
  • Specialty camps feature an experienced instructor in addition to the two camp staff, creating an excellent learning environment.


Camps are specifically planned for the ages that are advertised within each description and exceptions are rarely made. Participants not only spend 2-3 hours on their chosen topic of interest, they also spend the entire day and week together in organized physical activities and building relationships within their camp group.

Where To Go / What To Bring

Where To Go / What To Bring


St. Paul Gym at 1536 N. Cleveland Avenue, St. Paul (two blocks south of Larpenteur Avenue).

Daily Hours 

  • Check in occurs 7:30 am — 8:30 am*
  • Camps meet 8:45 am — 4:00 pm
  • Sign out occurs 4:15 pm — 5:30 pm**
  • Early pick up is discouraged; when feasible within the group's schedule and with advance, written notice, arrangements may be made in advance for pick up between 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm. We are NOT able to accomodate early pick up between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

*All campers must be checked in by 8:45 am (some camps require check in by 8:30 am or they may miss their group travel).

**Some camps will end by 4:00 pm and may start picking up at that time. 

Check In and Parking

The camp entrance is at the north end of the St. Paul Gym (pool entrance). There are meters in Lot SC171 or non-metered spots directly across the street in Lot SC175. There is no fee during the summer drop off and pick up hours for these designated areas. Other areas are reserved for contract parking for staff and students only.

Lines are organized by campers last names. A parent or adult must wait and check in the child in person unless prior arrangements have been made. On Mondays, due to the number of newcomers each week, adults can assist by escorting the child inside to the designated area.

Check Out

Sign Up to Sign Out. All youth must be signed out in person by an authorized adult. The adult must be on the approved pick up list and must show photo I.D. Make sure all adults, including all parent names, are on the registration form as possible authorized pickup persons.

Late Pick-Up: There is a late charge that is due immediately upon arrival. See the parent policy handbook for details.

What to Bring Everyday

  • Dress for activity—Wear tennis shoes and socks.
  • Outdoor gear—Water bottle, bug spray, sunscreen, and hat.
  • Plan for cool, damp mornings as well as hot afternoons.
  • A swimsuit and towel.
  • A bag to carry all belongings. Be sure to label all bags and belongings.
  • A nutritious non-perishable lunch, snacks, and beverages. If a child does not bring a lunch, a parent will be contacted to bring one. If we are unable to contact a parent, lunch will be purchased and there will be a $20 fee due upon pickup.

Keep at Home

  • Electronic devices such as music players, hand held games, cell phones, etc.
  • Fevers and contagious illness.
  • Toys or personal sports equipment except when requested.
  • Pocket knives, weapons or look-alike weapons.

Camp Safety

Camp Safety

Safety and Behavior

Staff will make every effort to maintain a safe and enjoyable program for all. Participants are expected to follow basic rules of safety and respect, similar to a school setting. Parents will be informed of discipline details in the Parent Handbook and are expected to support the policies and procedures of the program and staff. Measures will be taken to redirect and improve behaviors when appropriate and to work with parents on this. Tips or information in advance to help prevent and/or address specific needs for your child are helpful. Behaviors or incidents of an ongoing, serious and/or threatening nature may be cause for removal from the program without refund or credit.

Swimming Safety

Pools are staffed by certified lifeguards on deck and our group leaders are in the water with the youth. Each week, participants must demonstrate adequate swimming skills for the lifeguards or wear a life jacket during pool time.


Campers will travel around campus on foot as well as on the University’s bus service (Campus Connector). School or city buses are used for some off campus camps and field trips.


The majority of Summer Youth Program activities take place outdoors. Because nature tends to not be completely cooperative, alternative programming may be necessary when weather conditions become unsafe or uncomfortable.


Each camper will receive one Youth Program T-shirt per summer, regardless of the number of sessions they attend.

Summer Camp Staff

The employees of University Youth Programs are the biggest asset. Their special interest in today’s youth and their enthusiasm for physical activity and learning make all programs a fun experience. University students and other adults from the community work as group leaders, program coordinators, and office staff. All staff is CPR and First Aid certified, trained in concussion awareness and prevention, have passed a criminal background check, and have participated in extensive orientation and training programs.

Field Trips

Field Trips

Gopher Adventures provides experiences to inspire young people to think about and try many new and different things. As a part of the mission to introduce youth to the wide array of opportunities and unique facilities on campus, a field trip, guest speaker or demonstration is scheduled each week for the participants. Some of the specialty camps may also participate, depending on scheduling. The frequency of each topic varies greatly and all topics do not apply to all ages.

Registration, Payment, and Cancellations

Registration, Payment, and Cancellations

Making a Payment

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.

All registrations will have a Convenience Fee added to the transaction. This amount is added on as a flat fee to your transaction total and goes directly to our registration service provider. The flat fee is only added one time per transaction to the total amount, even if there are multiple camps at that time. If registration is done separately for camps, the convenience fee applies to each transaction. Plan ahead and save on fees.

Confirmations and Waitlists

  • Confirmation of registration is provided immediately with the online registration process. Check receipts carefully and make note of the dates.
  • Confirmation for hard copy registrations may take up to two weeks and will be emailed upon completion. Make sure to provide an email address you check often.
  • If a choice is full, please make another selection and request to be placed on a waiting list for future openings.
  • If a child is on a waiting list, Youth Programs will call when space becomes available. Openings may occur anytime from registration startup to one week prior to the camp.
  • Parents will need to respond within 24 hours of the initial contact to confirm, or the next child on the list will gain priority.
  • Wait-listing does not guarantee that a child will get into the camp. It is recommended to register for a second choice. There is an option to transfer from a second choice into the original camp if it opens up.
  • If you are called from the wait list, you will have the choice to transfer to your first choice without the change fee.

Requests for Cancellations and Changes

Requests for transfers, changes or cancellations must be received in writing one month prior to the start of the camp. No verbal or phone requests are permitted and changes cannot be made online.

  • All requests for changes or cancellations will be charged a $15 processing fee.
  • All cancellations/withdrawals made by the deadline are charged a $60 non-refundable deposit per camp. This charge is assessed immediately from the date of registration.
  • Cancellations due to medical circumstances will need a doctor’s note and written request. Refunds or credits for medical issues will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • All cancellations must be made at least one month prior to the specific camp start date, or the entire camp fee is forfeit.
  • Special Cancellation Deadline: Cancellations for the week of July 6th must be made in writing no later than June 1st to account for the one week camp and office closure for the July Fourth Holiday.

Insufficient Enrollment Cancellations

Any camp not meeting the minimum enrollment by the Monday before it starts will be canceled and you will be contacted. NOTE: Some camps may have earlier deadlines. Either a refund or credit towards another camp will be offered if a camp is canceled (minus the convenience fee).

Waivers Required

Additional waivers are required for the following camps: Blacksmithing, Glass & Fire, Rock Climbing-Minneapolis Bouldering Project, Voyageur Campcraft & Cooking, Outdoor Adventure Skills, Leadership Challenge

Fax, email, or deliver completed waivers to the office at least one week in advance of the camp start date. Contact the YP Summer Camp office at if you need a hard copy of waivers.

Parent Resources

2020 Summer Camp Brochure

Parent Handbook

Waivers and Forms

Waiver forms for University Youth Programs are available for download. All registrants for the camps below, please print the PDF forms, fill out and sign them, and mail, fax, or deliver them to the YP Summer Camp office immediately upon registration. Your registration is not complete until we receive these additional applicable waivers.


Youth Programs
104 St. Paul Gym
1536 N Cleveland Ave
St Paul, MN  55108


(612) 624-3040