- Youth Programs
- Summer Programs
- Camp Structure
- Camp Schedules
- Camp Descriptions
- Waivers and Forms
- Campership Info
- Field Trips
- Summer Camp FAQ
- All camps are scheduled weekly, allowing families to select and combine any number of weeks throughout the summer.
- All camps meet for the full day, approximately 8:45am-4:15pm
- 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 daily camp staff, creating an excellent learning environment with the ratio of 3:14 or better.
Camps are specifically planned for the ages that are advertised within each description and exceptions are rarely made. Keep in mind that participants not only spend 2-3 hours in 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 Every Day
Our program is based at the St. Paul Gym at 1536 N. Cleveland Avenue, St. Paul (two blocks south of Larpenteur Avenue). Look for colorful flags and Summer Programs welcome banner.
- Check in occurs 7:30-8:30am*
- Camps meet 8:45am-4:00pm
- Sign out occurs 4:15-5:30pm**
- Early pick up is discouraged; when feasible, arrangements may be made in advance for pick up between 12-1pm.
*All campers must be checked in by 8:45am; some camps require check in by 8:30am or they may miss their group travel
**Some camps will end by 4:00pm and may start pick up at that time.
CHECK IN & PARKING
The camp entrance is at the north end of the St. Paul Gym (pool entrance). You may park in the meters in Lot SC171 or directly across the street in Lot SC175. Other areas are reserved for contract parking for staff and students. You could be ticketed for parking in the wrong area! There is no fee during the summer drop off and pick up hours for these designated areas.
Please be patient, there may be lines. There are typically over 250 people arriving between 7:30 and 8:30am. 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 pick up persons when you sign up!
Late Pick-Up: There is a late charge that is due immediately upon arrival. See the parent policy handbook for details.
WHAT TO BRING EVERY DAY
- Dress for activity—Wear tennis shoes and socks.
- Outdoor gear—Water bottle, bug spray, sunscreen, 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 your 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 pick-up.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
- Electronic devices such as music players, hand held games, cell phones, etc.
- Fevers and contagious illness (please consult the parent handbook for guidelines)
- 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.
Our 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 lifejacket 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 we cannot depend upon nature to 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 people who work for University Youth Programs are our 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 are CPR and Standard First Aid certified, trained in concussion awareness and prevention, have passed a criminal background check, and have participated in extensive orientation and training programs.