Nature and Science Camps

Nature lovers will enjoy the great outdoors as we explore the wonders of the natural world!

Fish, Frogs and Forts Camp (NEW!)

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2017*

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Weeks of June 19, July 10 and July 31

Filled with exploration and environmental education, we’ll focus on fort building and discovery of insects, fish and frogs. Campers learn basic fishing skills while practicing the catch-and-release method. Bait and fishing equipment is provided at camp but campers may bring their own.

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Outdoor Cooking Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2017*

Weeks of June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24 and August 21

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Weeks of June 26, July 31 and August 21

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Kids develop their camping skills by learning how to build a fire and cook over it. Campers receive lessons in outdoor cooking safety, cooking techniques, and the essentials for making healthy snacks and scrumptious meals in the great outdoors.

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Farm & Garden Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2017*

Weeks of June 26, July 31 and August 14

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Weeks of June 12, August 7 and August 21

Member Participants: $250/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $275/week

Join us for a week of wholesome fun on the farm and in the garden! Kids working the farm will explore gardens, fields and pastures. Young farmers experience the daily routines of feeding and caring for farm animals. Campers discover how plants, animals, soil and people work together to produce the food that we eat every day. Plus, they’ll learn what it means to be a good steward in this unique farming experience.

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Science Explorer Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $265/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $290/week

Week of June 26, July 17 and July 31

Campers take off into a world of exploration through hands-on experiments to learn essential concepts applied towards a variety of eruptions, engineering experiments and much more. STEM curriculum is used in a fun, hands on way. The highlight of the week will be a field trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.

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Pioneering Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2017*

Weeks of July 5**, July 17 and August 7 (**No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Weeks of June 19 and July 24

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Campers take an exciting trip back in time as they learn how the early pioneers lived and developed the land and communities that we know today. Kids will explore heritage crafts and activities from the 19th century. They will also make food using techniques of the pioneers.

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YMCA & The National Park Service

The mission of Let’s Move! Outside, a collaboration with the YMCA and the National Park Service, is to bring together community partners to provide opportunities that inspire lifelong stewardship of public lands. This initiative empowers young people across the country to discover the great outdoors. Learn more.

Junior Ranger Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of June 12, June 19 and August 7

The YMCA and the National Park Service have partnered together for Junior Ranger Camp, which empowers youth to discover and create new outdoor opportunities to play, learn, and serve. Campers will earn their Junior Ranger Badge and experience firsthand the Junior Ranger motto of Explore, Learn, and Protect. Campers will explore the St Croix River by pontoon boat, visit a National Park, and work with a Park Ranger!

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Outdoor Living Skills Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of July 5**, July 17 and August 14 (**No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

Kids develop their outdoor living skills in this exciting, hands-on specialty camp! Campers discover the finer points of preparing for a big outdoor adventure. Participants will learn a variety of useful camping skills that may include building a fire, making camp shelters, knot tying, campfire cooking and more!

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*Additional camp paperwork will be required for campers ages 4 – 6. The state of Wisconsin requires the Health History and Emergency Care Plan form, immunization record and signed waiver at camp. Forms can be found on our Forms & Publications page.