Programs are specifically planned for the ages that are advertised within each description and exceptions are rarely made.
Program days and times will vary this summer, and will not include any full day options. Pay close attention to the program description dates and times when registering. All registrations will close two Sundays (one week) prior to the program start date, or when the program fills. Due to the very limited number of spots, register early. Waitlists will be available at no cost for all options.
If you are registering for multiple program sessions in one day, care WILL NOT be available or provided between sessions. You must pick up your child within the pick up window provided. Inability or unwillingness to do so may result in late fees being assessed and/or dismissal from the program.
Learn to Golf FAQs
Should my child be in beginner or intermediate class?
Both beginner and intermediate classes will go over the fundamentals of the golf swing – including grip, stance and setup – to ensure every participant is on the same page. However, as a general rule, if your child can get the golf ball airborne consistently, they should be in intermediate class. If your kid struggles to hit the ball in the air, beginner class is the way to go.
Does my child need their own set of clubs?
Every participant is encouraged to have their own set of clubs. However, the course does have a limited number of clubs for children without clubs to use.
I’m interested in purchasing golf clubs for my child. What do I need to know about buying clubs?
The most important factor in purchasing golf clubs for kids is to make sure they are properly fit for them. Clubs that are too heavy, too long or too short can lead to improper techniques. The biggest mistake people make is cutting down adult clubs. Doing this makes the shaft very stiff and leads to impediments getting the ball in the air. Adult clubs, even when cut down, are also much heavier than clubs designed specifically for children. Kids should grow out of clubs, not into them.
US Kids Golf offers quality clubs at a very reasonable price and offers a trade-in program for when your kid outgrows their set. US Kids Golf’s fitting process is based on height.
You can purchase US Kids Golf clubs from Les Bolstad or from golf stores like Golf Galaxy or the PGA Tour Superstore.
How do I know if my child’s clubs fit them?
The easiest way to determine if clubs fit is to base it off the driver. From the ground, the driver should go halfway up the chest. A fitting chart is below.
About Our Summer Staff
The people who work for University Youth Programs are our biggest asset. Their special interest in today's youth, and their enthusiasm for the 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.
Each summer an experienced Leadership Team is employed to run our programs. This is a seasoned group of staff members with experience at camp and beyond. Together they oversee the daily operations and ensure a fun and high quality experience for all.
How Staff are Chosen
Staff are chosen based on their previous experiences with youth, with preference given to those with a background in education, recreation or youth & child development. Many staff have prior experience at other summer camps or in a school setting.
All staff are CPR and Standard First Aid certified, have passed a background check, and have participated in extensive orientation and training programs. These initiatives emphasize safety and provide tools and resources for addressing common situations that may arise.
All parents/guardians are expected to read and follow the program information that is provided to you prior to the start of participation. Important details regarding program operations, login information, policies & procedures, contact numbers, and more will be included in pre-program emails. If you do not receive this information via email approximately one week prior to your particular program's start date (at latest), email us at [email protected]. Also, check your registration account to ensure that you are opted in to receiving emails from us and have not unsubscribed.
Where To Go / What To Bring
St. Paul Gym at 1536 N. Cleveland Avenue, St. Paul (two blocks south of Larpenteur Avenue).
In-person and Learn-to-Programs: Tennis & Climbing Club are based at the St. Paul Gym. Learn-to-Program: Golf is based just down the street at Les Bolstad Golf Course. Detailed information regarding drop off and pick up procedures, as well as what to bring, will be provided one week prior to the program start date.
Camp-in-a-Box, virtual camp material's kits, and activity box curbside pickup location will also be at the St. Paul Gym. Shipping will be available to Minnesota residents only at this time; for an additional shipping and handling fee.
Virtual Programs will take place online via Zoom. Hybrid options for some virtual camps will have drop off and pick up at the St. Paul Gym.
Check In - New info for 2021!
Our check in and out procedures will look different this year. Curbside drop off and pick up times will be staggered in order to ensure physical distancing. All youth and staff will participate in daily health screenings upon arrival, including temperature checks and a brief questionnaire. Youth Programs will follow the most up to date and applicable guidelines released by the MDH, CDC, and the University. All parents/guardians must have a current email address on file. Detailed information regarding check in and out procedures, as well as relevant health considerations prior to your program start date will be shared via email.
Please Be Patient
When you arrive there may be lines. Please be mindful of those around you, and remain in your vehicle until a Youth Programs staff member goes through the screening procedures with you, and checks you in.
All youth must be signed out in person by an authorized adult at the designated check out location. The adult must be on the approved pick up list and must show photo I.D. Make sure all adults, including all legal guardian 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. If you are registering for multiple program sessions in one day, care WILL NOT be provided between sessions. You must pick up your child within the pick up window provided. Inability or unwillingness to do so may result in late fees being assessed and/or dismissal from the program.
What to Bring Everyday
- Dress for outdoor activity—Wear tennis shoes and socks.
- Outdoor gear—Filled water bottle, bug spray, wearing sunscreen, and hat. Bring rain gear or an umbrella if rain is in the forecast.
- Plan for cool, damp mornings as well as hot afternoons (depending on when your program is.)
- A bag to carry all belongings. Be sure to label all bags and belongings.
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 & Behavior
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/Guardians and participants are also expected to follow newly implemented safety procedures to minimize the risk of exposure to Covid-19. Parents/guardians will be informed of these procedures and guidelines, along with discipline details, in the Parent/Guardian Handbook. They are expected to support the policies and procedures of the program and staff in an appropriate manner. Measures will be taken to redirect and improve behaviors when appropriate, and to work with parents/guardians 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, unsafe, serious and/or threatening nature may be cause for removal from the program without refund or credit.
The majority of Summer Youth Program activities take place outdoors. Because we cannot depend upon nature to be completely cooperative, please send rain gear with your child if rain is in the forecast. Program cancellations may be necessary when weather conditions become unsafe or too uncomfortable/unpredictable.
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.
COVID-19 Guidelines and Practices
Due to the presence of COVID-19, YP will be taking steps to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission for all staff, instructors, participants and their families. Minimized in person program offerings will be limited to small groups, observe proper physical distancing, meet stringent PPE requirements, include daily health screenings, and incorporate any/all applicable guidelines released by the MDH, CDC, and the University.
Additional information regarding check in and out procedures, safety guidelines, and other need to know items will be provided via email prior to the start of your program - check your online registration account and make sure you are opted in to receive emails from YP.
Registration, Payment, and Cancellations
Online registration is the preferred method and is the only method which accepts credit cards; and is conveniently available 24 hours a day. Your program selections are immediately confirmed through online registration, and receipts are immedialy available for your personal records. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are all accepted payment methods online.
Telephone and fax registrations are not accepted.
To register by mail or in person, mail or hand deliver the completed paper registration forms to the following address:
University Youth Programs, 104b St Paul Gym, 1536 N. Cleveland Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108
Include the full amount due by check payable to the University of Minnesota. We cannot accept credit card payment for mail or in person, paper registrations. Registration in a program is not confirmed until completed registrations forms, waivers, and payments have been received and confirmed by Youth Programs staff.
Making a Payment
Payments for online registration must be made in full to register. If a program 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 you are registering for multiple programs at that time. If registration is done separately for programs, 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.
- You will not receive reminders of your registration until approximately one week prior to your program start date. View registrations online in your account. Make sure to provide an email address you check often.
- Confirmation for paper 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.
- Youth Programs will call or email wait lists when and if a space becomes available. Openings may occur any time from registration start up to one week prior to the program start date.
- 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 program start date.
- Parents/Guardians 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 a program. It is recommended to register for a second choice. There is an option to transfer from a second choice into the original program 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. A processing fee may still apply.
Requests for Cancellations and Changes
Requests for transfers, changes or cancellations must be received in writing one month (30 days) prior to the start of the program by emailing [email protected]. No verbal or phone requests are permitted and changes cannot be made online. Some programs may have earlier cancellation deadlines due to holidays and office closures.
- 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 program. This deposit 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 program start date, or the entire program fee is forfeit.
- We reserve the right to cancel any program for any reason we deem necessary. We will give as much notice as possible, and communicate your options which may include, but are not guaranteed or limited to, transferring your registration or receiving a refund.
- Special Cancellation Deadline: Cancellations for the week of July 12th must be made in writing no later than June 7th to account for the one week program and office closure for the July Fourth Holiday.
Insufficient Enrollment Cancellations
If we must cancel a program due to insufficient enrollment or any other circumstance beyond our control, we will offer a full refund or issue credit towards another program (minus the registration transaction fee). Any program not meeting the minimum enrollment by the Monday before it starts will be canceled and you will be contacted. Note that some programs have earlier deadlines.
Required Forms & Waivers
All registrants must complete the registration agreements, waivers, and medical information either on the paper registration form or online. Completed, signed forms and waivers are required before youth will be allowed to participate - including the new system-wide University of Minnesota Covid waiver and release form.
Fax, email, or deliver completed waivers to the office at least one week in advance of the program start date. Contact the YP Office at [email protected] if you need a hard copy of waivers.
Special Registration Deadlines
Registration for in-person programs the week of June 14th closes on Sunday, May 30th, 2021. There is an early registration deadline for the week of July 12th - registrations will be accepted no later than June 27th. All other registrations close one week prior to the program start date, on Sunday.
Cancellations for the week of July 12th must be made in writing no later than June 7th to account for the one week program and office closure for the July 4th holiday. Written requests can be emailed to [email protected].
Registrations for virtual/hybrid programs the week of June 21st closes on Sunday, May 30th, 2021. There is an early registration deadline for the week of July 12th - registrations will be accepted no later than June 20th. All other registrations close two weeks prior to the program's start date, on Sunday.
Activity Box and Camp-in-a-Box
Purchases of Activity Boxes and Camp-in-a-Box for pickup and/or shipping dates the week of June 14th closes on Sunday, May 30th, 2021. There is an early deadline for the week of July 12th - purchases for pick up that week will be accepted no later than June 27th. All other deadlines are one week prior to the program start date on Sunday. Activities are designed to be safe when instructions are followed, including wearing personal protective equipment and using materials appropriately. Parents/guardians are responsible for establishing a safe virtual and physical environment, including managing youth behavior with activity box materials and online platforms. All activity boxes and camps-in-a-box are sold as is. Limited boxes available until sold out.
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.