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Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions
If you mail or deliver your registration, a confirmation with the log in will be mailed back to you for future use.
How do I sign up for more than one camp?
During the registration process, when on the online registration site (ActiveNet) you can select and add multiple camps to your cart for each participant. If you have already registered for this season and would like to add more camps, return and log in to your account, then select camps again.
How will I know if I got the camp(s) I wanted?
A confirmation window appears immediately at the conclusion of online registration. If you mail or deliver your registration as a paper copy, a confirmation will be emailed to you within about 2 weeks.
You can also access your Registration History within the online registration system.
What if our child is not within the age range for the camp we want?
First priority is given to youth that are going to be the age listed at the time of the camp. To allow for ample registration time, requests for exceptions are not accepted until two weeks prior to the camp start date and must be made in writing. It is recommended that requestors register for an alternate choice in the event that the exception is not able to be fulfilled (and transfer later if necessary). Keep in mind that the children in each camp spend the entire week together in games, sports, and other activities besides the camp topic.
How do I check if my camp is full?
You can view current openings at any time in our online system:
- Visit the online registration website
- In the top navigation, choose Activities > Summer Day Camp
OR – if you know the camp’s name or bar code, enter it any time in the search menu.
- Click on the camp you are interested in. The column labeled “Open” shows you how many spaces are left in each camp for registration. Click on the course to view the ages and camp details. Note that the availability will continue to show even if the registration deadline has passed.
- If a camp is full, there is a Waitlist option available. We encourage all interested participants to get onto the wait list. It is free and it not only allows us a means to contact you if an opening occurs, it also lets us know how much interest there is for the possibility of adding more camps and for future planning.
Another way to check availability is by referencing to the “At a Glance” document found online or in the Summer Youth Programs website. This document will show recent updates to the camp schedule for general planning, however, it does not reflect ongoing registration and up to the minute changes from the online system.
Wait Lists – How do they work?
The wait list will compile a list of interested parties to fill openings that may occur when someone withdraws from a full camp and it also tracks the amount of interest in a camp for the purpose of adding more sections either during the current season or in future summers.
Keep in mind:
- There is no way to predict when an opening may occur in a full camp, or IF one will at all. Many families do experience a change in plans after they register and we continue to fill camps in summer from wait lists.
- Registering for an alternate choice is the only guarantee that you will be in a camp. If you are contacted from the wait list and would like to move from your second choice to the open camp, we will NOT charge the $15 transfer fee.
- Once a camp is within one month of starting, the chances of openings greatly decrease, as the deadline to receive any refund or credit expires within one month of the start date.
How do I change my registration?
All changes must be requested in writing to the office with the $15 change request included. You cannot make changes online after you have processed and paid for your registration.
What are the camp cancellation and change fees?
Requests for changes or cancellations that are made in writing at least one month prior to the camp start date are eligible for a refund or credit, minus the $60 deposit that is included in each camp fee. A $15 change fee is assessed to each change or cancellation request.
What is the Tax ID number?
The University Youth & Community Programs tax ID number is 41-6007513
What if I cannot afford all of the fees?
In order to register for a camp, the full weekly fee must be paid. Options for not paying all at once include registering for the camps that are most likely to fill quickly first and waiting on the additional camps until later when you can pay. You can monitor enrollments online. If you have a hardship with payment, consider applying for a Campership. For Campership application information and deadlines, view the Campership page.
What will my child do all day?
All camps include a wide variety of activities. The specialty camps (MN Sport Schools, Kids’ University and Discovering U) include approximately 2.5 hours of instruction each day in the topic that was selected. The rest of the day they participate in a variety of recreational activities to create a full and interesting week.
Where do the campers spend their day?
The camps all begin and end their day at the St. Paul Gymnasium. While many activities are held outdoors on the fields and in areas adjacent to the Gym, most of our camps will spend at least part of their week away from the ‘headquarters’ of the St. Paul Gymnasium. Swimming is scheduled for indoor pools at the Gym and at the Recreation Center on the East Bank Campus. Specialty (instructional) camps are often scheduled at other buildings on campus, but may be off-site. Groups will walk or take the Campus Connector bus on campus. Transportation off site is provided by school bus, city bus, or light rail. Lunch varies every day and often includes walking to another location on or near campus for lunch and play time. Each day is unique.
Are there field trips included?
Gopher Adventures groups have scheduled tours or demonstrations provided on campus. Some groups will be scheduled for special field trips or tours as a part of their specialty instruction. Occasionally groups will add an extra field trip or adventure to a nearby park or interesting activity as it becomes available.
What if my child is not a strong swimmer?
All campers will be observed and assessed for swimming ability by the Lifeguards prior to swimming on their own in the pool. Youth that do not have an adequate level of skill or strength/endurance will be required to wear a lifejacket during all swimming sessions. In addition to the Lifeguards supervising on deck, the camp staff swim and play with the children in the pool.
Do you provide lunch or snacks?
Parents must send along all snacks, lunch and beverages. Campers will not have access to refrigeration or microwaves for their items, so please plan accordingly.
Who can pick up my child?
Only the adults that are designated in advance by the registration account contact(s) may pick up a child. All authorized pick ups must be provided in writing.
- Please remember that in addition to being on the ‘approved pick up list’, all persons picking up a child at camp will need a government issued photo ID.
Why is pick up time restricted?
We have a large and unique program that is highly organized while also being very mobile and dispersed around campus and off campus. Each group has quite a bit of independence and special scheduling that varies from day to day. Travel is a major part of the day and is not always predictable or on time. With over 250 youth and 70 staff to coordinate, it is important for our leadership staff to focus on the daily operations and safety of our camps rather than rearranging activities for personal needs. We will not compromise group activities and schedules to make individual arrangements for special pick up times. Pick up begins between 4:00-4:15pm depending on the camp. All pick up may only occur with our designated staff at the Youth Programs main site. Early pick up is strongly discouraged and when it is feasible, it must occur at a pre-arranged time between 12:00-1:00pm. All pick-ups require an authorized adult that is listed on the registration materials and presenting an ID in person.