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2023 Guide to Summer Camps in SE Minnesota

This post is sponsored by Olmsted Medical Center Sports Medicine & Athletic Performance and the camps and businesses listed below.

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#1 Guide to Summer Camps in Rochester MN!

It’s time for the number one resource utilized year after year by Southeast MN area families – the Guide to Summer Camps in SE Minnesota!

We are so pleased to bring you the 2023 Guide to Summer Camps in SE Minnesota: a complete guide to all the camps in our area! Below you will find all kinds of information on the variety of summer camps in the area: from traditional summer camps, sports camps, theatre camps, robotics camps, and more!  We know that piecing together childcare and activities during the summer months can be time-consuming. Let us do the work for you!  We hope that this guide to summer camps in SE MN provides the insight that you need to plan the best summer yet.

Looking to add your camp to our guide?  Fill out the form below!

Olmsted Medical Center Sports & Athletic Performance

Summer Hockey, Strength, and Speed Programs are now available for registration. Let OMC Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance coaches help you train like a pro! There are a variety of options to choose from to fit your schedule.

10% discount until May 30.

We can also help you reach your goals with individual training. We train all ages, all sports, and all athletes. For questions or more information, call (507) 535-1977 OMC SMAP or email omcsmap@olmmed.org.

YMCA - Summer Camp

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NEW this summer, YMCA Day Camp Oxbow! Located at Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo in Byron, MN, Day Camp Oxbow provides the perfect opportunity for outdoor fun. With the help of our partners at Olmsted County Parks, kids get to visit the zoo animals and learn from a naturalist to further their connection to the natural environment. Kids will also get to experience traditional day camp activities such as archery, arts & crafts, hiking, games and more! All this with daily access to the two-acre Path of Imagination Playscape!


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At SPARK we have the perfect summer camp for your children to explore their favorite activities and interests through hands-on, creative STEAM programming! SPARK’s summer camps – SPARKAMP – feature engaging, innovative curriculums led by experienced and knowledgeable instructors. We’ve partnered with individuals and organizations from the Rochester community to bring an exciting series of summer camps to SPARK for your children to learn, play and grow!

Community Education & Summer of Service

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Community Education offers classes for students of all ages to continue learning and growing throughout the summer. Join us for a variety of week-long camp options from sports to STEM, and art to outdoor adventures. Along with these camps is our Summer of Service program that’s returning to full days! SOS features two full weeks of exciting, community improvement-focused activities your child will treasure. See you this summer!

Rochester Athletic Club

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New friendships and new adventures are some of the best parts of a memorable summer. The Rochester Athletic Club (RAC) offers camps for all ages and interests with nine options: Adventure Camp (ages 8-10), Basketball Camp (ages 5-10), Expedition Camp (ages 11-13), Explorer Camp (ages 5-7), Green and Teen Tennis Camp (ages 11-16), Honkers Baseball Camp (ages 6-13), Just for Me Camp (ages 3-8), Minnesota RUSH Soccer Camp (ages 3-8), and ROGY Tennis with a Twist (ages 5-11). We are committed to providing a positive experience for kids to develop new friendships, have new adventures, and create lasting memories.

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

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Does your family want to spend more time together outdoors? Maybe try something adventurous? Learn a new skill? Join our family camp the weekend of June 16-18, where we provide families the opportunity to participate a variety of outdoor recreational and adventure activities at our beautiful campus just outside Lanesboro. Connect with family members in the great outdoors this summer!

Class sessions range from: Rock Climbing, Pond Exploration, High Ropes Courses, Archery, Canoeing, and more!

Lodging in our dorm, meals in our dining hall, instruction from our accredited staff, and use of quality gear & equipment are all included! Check out the schedule for the weekend by clicking “Register” below.

Epic Endeavors Academy

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A Tidal Wave of STEAM Rewards for EPIC Summer Campers! As Minnesota summer temperatures are unique to other states our EPIC Endeavors Academy staff seek to create unique summer enrichment experiences for young scholars. EPIC summer camp packs fabulous enrichment days with loads of fun! An interesting, epic day is typically found through Olympic-type games, STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering- Art-Math/Music) projects like building a solar microwave oven or perhaps making ice cream in a bag. These hands-on, or active experiences, not only build excitement for science, sports, or math, and more, but often promote curiosity to foster further learning extensions about numerous topics shared through a summer day camp experience. Enroll your scholar today so they can join our daily EPIC endeavors. It is simple just text Trista (507) 319-5709!

Rochester Gymnastics Academy

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Summer Camp at Rochester Gymnastics Academy is sure to be a flipping good time for boys and girls ages 3-12! In addition to gymnastics, campers will enjoy trampolines, games, obstacle courses, outdoor activities, crafts, daily healthy snacks, and our brand-new Ninja rig. Conquer the warped wall, make your way up the salmon ladder, or beat the cliffhanger! Camp ROGA offers eleven weeks of camps all summer long with activities guided by a new theme each week. Sign up for 1 week or all 11. Camps run Monday through Thursday each week from 9 am – Noon with early drop-off available. Our Camp ROGA staff can’t wait to share our love of gymnastics with your kids this summer!

{YEL!} - Youth Enrichment League

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Keep your child active, engaged, and protected from summer brain drain with {YEL!} K-12 summer camps. {YEL!} Camps have dynamic instructors teaching robust, comprehensive lessons in fencing, coding, engineering (Brick Builders), science, sewing, basketball, soccer, and track & field. Each class features our Teach It! Practice It! Play It!® method that nurtures students’ learning and keeps everyone engaged in the class. Camps run in Rochester and other local communities. We also have after-school classes that run all year long.

Rochester Civic Theatre

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Create theatre magic this summer with The Rochester Civic Theatre! Whether you are looking for your first introduction to theatre or hoping to brush up on your skills, these are the camps for you! Learn from theatre professionals and perform a full-scale production of MOANA JR or THE RAINBOW FISH. Give your star the opportunity to shine this summer on the stage! Multiple camps are available for grades 2 -12, all who register are cast.
RAINBOW FISH (Grades 2-8): 

Session 1: June 12 – 16,  9 am – 4 pm

Session 2: June 19 – 23,  9 am – 4 pm

Session 3: June 26 – 30, 9 am – 4 pm


Grades 9 – 12: July 10 – 21, 9 am – 4 pm (M – F)

Grades 6 – 8: July 24 – August 4, 9 am – 4 pm (M – F)

Quarry Hill Nature Center

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We’re wild about nature and getting kids outdoors! Curious kids will experience an adventure-filled week exploring the wild side of Quarry Hill Park. For 50 years, Quarry Hill has been engaging children using outdoor fun and investigation to learn about the natural world and create lasting camp memories. Paddle across the pond, scale the rock wall, hike to the lookout, and observe wildlife up close alongside experienced leaders. Our summer nature day camps are designed by natural science educators and feature small group sizes perfect for hands-on experiences and relationship building.

Traditional day camp sessions throughout the summer are offered for youth entering grades K – 9.

Registration is ongoing throughout the summer. Camp scholarships are available to qualifying campers.

Good Earth Village

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Good Earth Village is an incredible camp designed to bring out the best in us all. What does this world need most? Interpersonal connection! All of our camps — K-12 and intergenerational — offer opportunities to simultaneously explore your faith and deepen relationships while exploring the outdoors through safe and guided experiences at your personal level of ability, in a caring community. Nestled in the bluffs of Southeastern Minnesota, Good Earth Village provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to be themselves, engage with peers and mentors, and learn something new. Our diverse programs allow campers to find their own level of adventure, comfort, and spirituality. Our highly trained summer staff brings energy and creates a safe space of acceptance and love to all campers. Come discover more about yourself and the world around you!

Code Ninjas

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Transform your child’s love for technology into an exciting learning adventure. Guided by our team of Code Senseis, Code Ninjas Camps empower kids to gain valuable tech skills and make new friends. It’s an unforgettable fun learning experience! Exciting camps include YouTuber, Minecraft, Roblox, Lego Robotics, and more! Fun for everyone ages 5-14.

Rochester Catholic Schools

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Keep your child engaged and growing in mind, body, and spirit all summer long at Rochester Catholic Schools! Our Summer Care, Summer Academy, and Summer Tutoring provide a variety of unique offerings for preschool-grade 12 led by RCS faculty and other experts from the community. For more information or to register, visit rcsmn.org/summerprograms. We hope to see you this summer!


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The Rochester Youth Sports Camp is a day camp for young athletes entering grades 2-8 who want to develop their skills in several sports and build their personal character. Campers will train in one sport for two days and then switch to another sport for the final two days. Campers will be divided into 3 groups for age-appropriate training. (Grades 2-3, 4-5, 6-8)

Total Arts Day Camp

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At Total Arts Day Camp, children ages 6 – 13 will engage in creating their own artworks, learning from professional artists, and thinking about the world around them. Students will gain skills in painting, drawing, mixed media collagé and more! They will tour the galleries, go on a public art scavenger hunt and explore why and how artists use different materials. Sign up and explore the Arts at the Rochester Art Center!

Nana Gogo Toybrary

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Nana Gogo Toybrary Camps are specially designed to help little ones gain confidence, independence, and cooperation!

Toddlers and Preschoolers will be encouraged to cultivate curiosity, develop observational skills, build problem-solving abilities, and learn to work with others. Camps run Tuesday through Friday from 9:30-12:30 pm with multiple themes to choose from!

Roca Climbing & Fitness

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Roca Climbing Summer camps are back!! This year we are taking our most popular camp themes, Mountaineering, Ninja and Olympics and will be offering each session, a total of three times throughout the summer. Each camp will be 4 days long in the mornings, from Monday to Thursday, where we will teach a variety of climbing skills, play games and activities relating to the camp theme! No previous climbing experience needed; all are encouraged to register.

Olmsted County 4-H

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Are you looking for fun-filled activities this summer? Youth in Grades K-5 are invited to participate in 4-H day camp experiences! Campers will enjoy a variety of theme-related activities including: science, art, recreation, snacks, and more.

Turn Crest Stable

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Turn Crest Stable has celebrated 40 years in business! Turn Crest has always offered quality lessons, boarding, and summer camps in the Rochester, Byron, and Kasson areas. Our Little Riders Program is for 5 – 7 years old.  Our regular lesson program starts for riders 7 and up and we have a wonderful adult riding program for both Western and Hunt seat riders wanting to get back to riding or take their riding to the next level.

Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch

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Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch specializes in camps for individuals and families with special needs along with having a full summer of horse day camps where kids can learn horsemanship skills from beginner to advanced while also growing their faith. We also offer a Women’s Equine Retreat and a Mother/Daughter Equine Retreat. Our special needs camps serve those with either physical or cognitive disabilities using our unique 120-acre campus that has lodging and activities designed for accessibility. Our National Wheelchair Sports Camp is the largest of its kind in the country!

Miss Angie's Place

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Come hang out at Miss Angie’s Place this summer! Our camps focus on art, nature, education, and best of all FUN! No matter your interests, we have something for every child, whether young or young at heart. Morning and afternoon sessions, as well as full-day options, are available. Register soon, camps fill up quickly!


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Whether a total newbie or a seasoned vet D-BAT Rochester is the place to be when it comes to athletic camps this summer. We love bringing a mix of fundamental drills as well as games and competitions to kids 12 & under. Our camps run 9 am–2 pm and rainouts are not an option at our facility (although we do enjoy some fresh air when possible). Open to both baseball and softball it’s a great way to get some swings and reps while in a fun and positive environment. And we always have extra gear on hand if a kid ever needs it.

Nurture in Nature

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All brains are beautiful – they just need the right support in order to thrive. Nurture in Nature Therapy Services is offering weekly camp and garden club options this year to help give some structure over the summer to the kids who need it most! Your child will explore nature while receiving intensive therapy within a small group setting. Experienced pediatric occupational therapists will help your child blossom, grow connections with peers, and work towards goals helping your family flourish.

The Stables Equestrian Center

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Summer horse camps at The Stables Equestrian Center are more than just an opportunity to ride.  Campers learn all about horses, develop friendships, connect with animals and nature, and have fun all in a positive and nurturing environment!  We also offer a year-round lesson program for all ages and abilities.

Red Barn Learning Farm

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Children ages 4-12 will learn many new skills to connect them with the farm. Our campers will spend 4 days on the farm (Mon-Thur) or we offer DAY CAMPS. The campers will be involved with farm chores, hands-on learning activities with animals & gardening, crafts, games & free play. We will focus on a different type of animal each day of camp. Your child will learn many new skills and will make new friends!

Be part of the 2023 Guide to Summer Camps in SE MN!

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1 comment

Onna March 29, 2018 at 6:05 am

This post is an enormous help for our family! Thank you so much! Also, it was very timely.


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