- 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).
- 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, arrangements may be made in advance for pick up between 12:00 pm — 1:00 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 directly across the street in Lot SC175. Other areas are reserved for contract parking for staff and students. There is no fee during the summer drop off and pick up hours for these designated areas.
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.
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.
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.
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 he or she attends.
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.
2017 Trip List
Subject to change.
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.
- Chinese Language Sampler
- Hands on Heart Fair
- Goldstein Museum of Design
- University of Minnesota Insect Collection
- Weisman Art Museum
- Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life
- The Gabbert Raptor Center
- University of Minnesota School of Nursing
- School of Kinesiology - Physical & Health Education
- Bell Museum of Natural History & ExploraDome
Registration and Payment
Registration and Payment
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 opens. Openings may occur anytime from registration start up 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.
- There is no camp transfer 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.
Insufficient Enrollment Cancellations
Any camp not meeting the minimum enrollment by the Monday before it starts will be canceled and there will be no notification. 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).
Additional waivers are required for the following camps: glass & fire, blacksmithing, oxy-acetylene found sculpture, rock climbing 1-Vertical Endeavors, Rock Climbing 2-Midwest Climbing Academy and Vertical Endeavors, leadership challenge, outdoor adventure skills, and metal sculpture.
Print, sign and fax, mail 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 (612) 625-2242 if you need a hard copy of waivers.