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Bell Museum Summer Discovery Day Camps, headquartered on the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis, provide hands-on projects in science, art, and technology for children in kindergarten through grade 7.

Summer programs at the U offer opportunities to youth

2007 programs are now taking registrations

Brief, Feb. 28, 2007; updated April 30, 2007

The University of Minnesota offers and hosts one of the most comprehensive line-ups of summer camps for youth anywhere in Minnesota. From understanding bugs in the back yard for young children to fencing and cyber camps for high school students, there is a University-affiliated camp to inspire the mind of every Minnesota youth.

Here's a partial list of University-related summer camps. If you know of another camp at a U of M location, please send the name of the camp, a sentence-long description, sponsorship information, participant age range, and camp contact information to Twin Cities | Duluth | Morris |
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Ando-Giikendaasowin: Native American Math and Science Summer Camp Students interact with native role models and peers who share common interests in mathematics and science. They experience life at a major research institution and/or a small rural tribal college (Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Cloquet). They stay in campus dormitories, attend classes, conduct field and lab research, participate in culturally relevant activities, and have the opportunity to enjoy the Twin Cities area. Students must be (1) an enrolled member of a recognized Native American nation, or have Native American ancestry, or have experience and appreciation of Native American cultures and (2) they must have a strong interest in or aptitude for math and science. There is a sliding fee based on family income and number of dependents. No one is denied admission due to inability to pay the camp fee. Limited funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to help assist out-of-state students with airfare. July 13-22. Age: For students entering Grade 9-11; some exceptions are made for experience and age. Sponsor: College of Education and Human Development, Office for Access and Equity, National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Contact: Architecture, the Weisman, and You! In this five-day, hands-on workshop at the Weisman Art Museum, teens study architecture and design a scale model with professional architect Josh Weinstein and students from the U's College of Design. August 4-10. Age: Entering Grade 10-12 Sponsor: U of M Weisman Art Museum Contact: 612-625-9623, Bell Museum Summer Discovery Day Camps Day camps include hands-on projects that encourage kids to explore the fields of science, art, and technology. This year, 18 different camps cover topics from superhero science to forensic science. June 11-August 31. Ages: Kindergarten to Grade 7 Sponsored by: U of M Bell Museum of Natural History Contact: or 612-624-9050

BRAVO 2007 Summer String and Keyboard Institute This program for young musicians who choose to spend part of each summer focusing on their development as musicians and instrumentalists provides, each week, a one-hour private lesson, one technique class, and two chamber music coaching sessions. June 17-July 14. Ages: All ages Sponsored by: School of Music Contact: or 612-624-5740

CyberCamps Computer Classes Computer camps include Web design, game design, robotics, video production, and more. Ages: 7-18 Sponsored by: CyberCamps Contact: or 1-888-904-2267

Gopher Sports Summer Camps Links to information about summer camps staffed by coaches of more than a dozen U of M sports: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, wrestling, and volleyball. Ages: Vary Sponsored by: Various organizations; most are independent of the U Contact: (see "Minnesota Camps")

iD Tech Camps Participants can take courses in a variety of topics, including video game creation, 3D modeling, video editing, programming, robotics, Flash animation, and more. Day, extended day, and overnight camps are available. June 18-August 3. Ages: 7-17 Sponsor: iD Tech Camps Contact: or 1-888-709-8324.

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) This national three-week program introduces high ability students to the world of business at one of 12 business schools-in the Twin Cities, the U's Carlson School of Management. The students are selected by the LEAD national office in Philadelphia on the basis of national test scores and recommendations from their high school teachers and counselors. July 8-28. Ages: Entering Grade 12, ages 16-18 Sponsor: U of M Carlson School of Management, with support from General Mills, 3M, and Target. Contact: or 215-753-2490 or Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Summer Day Camps These one-, two-, and three-day camps offer many ways to experience the wonders of the arboretum. New this year are art-intensive programs and new cooking classes. Camps provide an engaging mix of hands-on plants, art, food, and science adventure, imagination, and exploring. A partnership with local growers and Lakewinds Co-op offers as much local, sustainable, and organic food as possible, both in daily snacks and in cooking-focused camps. Ages: Entering kindergarten through Grade 5 grads; camps for families also available Sponsored by: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Contact: or 952-443-1422.

Preschool Speech Camp This camp is for children whose speech is hard to understand due to articulation or phonological problems. Play groups meet for up to two hours twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. Seven weeks beginning June 25. Ages: 3-5 Sponsored by: U of M Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Contact: 612-624-3322 or Summer Math and Science Enrichment Programs High school students explore careers in engineering and physical science. (Note: Math courses for Grades 2-9 are offered in conjunction with Kids U through University Youth Program; see below.) Ages: Grades 10-12 Sponsored by: U of M Institute of Technology Center for Educational Programs (ITCEP) Contact: or 612-625-2861

Technology Day Camp This programs recruits students from underrepresented groups to technology fields--such as computer science and mechanical and electrical engineering--through the opportunity to build and program robots. August 13-17. Ages: Ages 11-14 Sponsored by: U of M Center for Distributed Robotics and Digital Technology Center Contact: or 612-625-2409

University Youth Programs Gopher Adventures provide full days of recreation. Other programs provide a unique combination of high-quality instruction and recreation. Sponsored by: U of M Recreational Sports Ages: Gopher Adventures 5-12; Minnesota Sport Schools 8-15; Kids' University 6-15; Discovering U 9-15 Sponsored by: University of Minnesota Recreational Sports Contact:, e-mail


Fun and Adventure Summer Day Camp Fun week-long camp to learn and enjoy rock climbing, swimming, canoeing, fishing, SCUBA diving, sky and star watching, and more. Ages: Discovers must have completed Grade 1-2; Explorers, Grade 3-4; Adventurers, Grade 5-6. Sponsored by: UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program Contact: or or 218-726-7128

UMD Fine Arts Academy Music: The following programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. * Kindermusik offers early childhood music and movement. Classes begin in May and continue through the summer.
Ages: Infants through 7 years
Contact: or Lisa at 218-341-7587 or * Community music offers (1) private lessons on a variety of instruments and in voice for all levels, from beginners to advanced, beginning in June and continuing through the summer, and (2) group fiddle class.
Ages: private lessons for all ages; fiddle class for Grade 6-8
Contact: or Kathy at 218-726-7011 or * North Shore Summer Music Experience music camp program offers specific areas for band, jazz band, choir, and string orchestra. Daily activities include large ensemble rehearsals, chamber groups masterclass, recitals, and concerts. Campus houses is available. June 17-23.
Ages: Entering Grades 7-12
Contact: or Mark Whitlock at 218-726-6124 or Art: The following programs are developed by UMD art and design faculty members and Tweed Museum of Art education staff.
* Museum Art Camp for Kids. Classes begin in June.
Ages: 5-6
* Digital Collage + Animation. July 9-13.
Ages: 10-14
* Digital Storytelling + Video. July 16-20.
Ages: 10-14
* Digital sounds/Image Sampling. July 23-27.
Ages: 10-14
* Media Remix. July 30-Aug. 3.
Ages: 10-14
Contact: or Kathy at 218-726-7011 or


Henjum Creative Study Institute Since 1974, more than 4,000 area students have participated in the Creative Study Institute at UMM. Choose three courses from a variety of subjects: robots and computers; creating digital media; radio broadcasting; drawing; painting; printmaking; improvisation; playwriting; jazz ensemble; vocal music; creative writing; junk sculpture; and more. Day and residential options. Ask about scholarships. Registrations accepted through June 1; register by April 30 to save up to $100. June 11-22 (resident check-in June 10). Ages: 12-17 Sponsored by: UMM Continuing Education and Summer Session Contact: or 800-842-0030 or 320-589-6456

Summer Scholars Program Get a jump-start on college by attending this nationally recognized program for current high school sophomores and juniors who rank in the upper 20 percent of their class. This two-week program features two classes (students choose one): "From Avian Flu to Ebola Zaire: The Reemerging Threat of Infectious Disease" or "Talking About a Revolution: Dissent and Freedom of Expression in Today's World." Participants earn two college credits and receive an introduction to college academics and campus life. July 8-20. Ages: Grades 10-11 Contact: or 800-842-0030 or 320-589-6463 or Willmar Literacy Project In this two-week, half-day program in Willmar, students work in small groups with books, art, and technology to develop skills and strategies in vocabulary, fluency, text comprehension, and critical thinking. They visit UMM for more activities that extend use of literacy skills. Students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. July 30-Aug. 10. Ages: Grades 3 and 4 Sponsored by: UMM Teaching Reaching and Enabling Children (TREC) Contact: or 320-589-6403


Game Design Camp Learn about the math and physics behind simulating the natural world, fundamentals of how a game works, and how to program simple games. This program also features hands-on training of commercial game editors and overall game design. June 24-30. Ages: Grades 9-12 Sponsored by: UMC Math, Science, and Technology Department Contact: or 218-281-8380

Students Today, Leaders Forever (STLF), Leadership Camp--"Lifetime to Lead" These leadership camps challenge students to find the strengths within, to forever grow upon these strengths, and to use these strengths to lead "outside the box" and inspire others. Committed to building transferable and valuable skills, allowing students to make positive impacts in their schools, communities, and the world. June 10-15. Ages: Grades 9-12 Sponsored by: STLF Summer Leadership Camps Contact: or 701-361-7274

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp This residential camp is a week of intensive leadership training, a combination of challenging physical and mental activities. Outstanding speakers from all over the region, discussion groups, and sessions with volunteer Rotarian staff members are just a few of the sources for individual development. July 8-14. Ages: 16-18 Sponsored by: Crookston Rotary Club and Rotary International, District 5580 Contact: or 218-281-8585


Computer Programming Workshops Introduction to Visual Basic for students with little or no computer programming experience (focus on version 6.0), and Beginning C++ Game Programming for students who have taken the Visual Basic class or can show equivalency. August 6-10. Ages: Grades 9-12 Sponsored by: U of M Rochester and IBM Contact: 507-280-3104 or


4-H From canoeing to safety camps, 4-H offers residential and day camps across the state. Link to "4-H Calendar" and "Programs and Events" and watch for opportunities by county. Ages: Vary. Sponsored by: U of M Extension Contact: