A list of MN Summer Camps offering Scholarships

Here are summer camps that offer scholarships:

AKA Sport

All Sports Summer Camp

Locations: Blaine, Circle Pines, Eden Prairie and Hopkins

Join us this summer for the 20th anniversary of AKASPORT! We’re back and better than ever. AKA is excited to release our 12 themes for summer 24’. We will be bringing back your campers favorite sports themes along with some new twists. We have expanded our Outdoor Wilderness Week, our Water Week, and will also be celebrating the 2024 Paris Olympics with an “Olympic” themed Week! Campers can expect to play fun games, compete against other campers their age, as well experiencing 12 different field trips throughout the summer. The All Sports Camp is for kids entering Grades K-6 and is available for up to a 12 week summer. The discounted Full Summer package includes 10, 11, 12 or 13 weeks of your choice or you can simply register for individual weeks.


Art Start

Passport to Brazil

Saint Paul

The mission of ArtStart is to inspire artistic creativity and illuminate the connections among people, ideas and the environment through engaging artists, children, families, and communities in quality arts education experiences. Register for a 2-class bundle (morning or afternoon) if attending half day or 2 bundles (morning and afternoon) if attending for a full day.

Ashland Productions 


Ashland is a youth-centered, multigenerational theater company that fosters self- esteem and a sense of belonging. Through a culture of welcoming acceptance, Ashland’s unique process creates exceptional performances enjoyed by the many communities we serve. 

Avail Academy


Make the most of the summer with our Edina summer camps. Our day camps introduce K – 7th graders to outdoor sports in local parks and Minnesota’s beautiful open spaces so your kids can keep coming back again and again. With experienced staff teaching paddling, biking, hiking, and more, your kids will build confidence and foster a love for outdoor adventure.


Bakken Museum


Campers design, build, and show their inventions during summer camp at The Bakken Museum. In addition, campers will practice creative thinking skills, learn magic tricks, play games, and explore science, math, technology, and engineering in a fun, engaging environment.

Bell Museum

Saint Paul

Bell Summer Camps are fun and enriching day-camp experiences that encourage children to explore their scientific passions and discover new interests. Children entering grades K-8 will experience science and nature like never before with hands- on investigation, visiting museum exhibits, games, creative projects, guided outdoor exploration and much more!


Birchwood Wilderness Camp

Summer Camp for Boys

Grand Marais

While many summer camps house a few hundred campers at once, we only accept between 35 and 45 campers (boys ages 7-17) per session. At Birchwood, we keep our enrollment small by design so we can focus on the things we value most: connection, self-discovery, and a sense of shared purpose.


Camp Birchwood

Summer Camp for Girls


Camp Birchwood is more than just a spot on a map. It is a place where girls are embraced with love and support as they engage their whole selves in remarkably fun and meaningful activities in the Great Outdoors. The tremendous kind of “know-how” that girls gain at Birchwood ignites their self-esteem and fuels their confidence. With kindness and respect as the hallmarks for daily life, Birchwood campers are steeped in a rich sense of community and encouraged to be their truest, most authentic selves. Their voices are heard. Their passions are explored. And the genuine connections that are forged in this brilliant setting remain strong long after summer has passed.



Boys Wilderness Camp

Cass Lake

Camp Chippewa is an experience unlike any other. No matter where our campers come from, they learn to live among the trees, lakes, and rivers, guided by the sun and the stars. Our program encourages campers to tackle age-appropriate risks, reconnects boys with the beauty of nature, and fosters leadership, resilience, and character. From teamwork to self-sufficiency and from crazy fun to silent reflection, Camp Chippewa is a place for boys to live with their heads up, away from screens, taking in all the world around them has to offer.


Camp Franklin

Golden Valley

Welcome to Camp Franklin! We offer a wide range of academic, recreational, and social skills programs for students entering grades K-12 with Autism Spectrum Disorder and individual learning needs. You will find camps that are socially enriching, academically challenging, and fun!



Summer Camp for Boys

International Falls

For the past 100 summers, Kooch-i-ching has been a one-of-a-kind wilderness camp for boys in northern Minnesota. Kooch-i-ching offers countless opportunities for growth through challenging river and mountain trips, and empowering in-camp activities.


Camp Northernstar

Base Camp

St. Paul

Camp Northernstar's Discovery Day Camp is a week long program (5 days) that is open to all youth in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Each day will be filled with activities such as swimming, hiking, climbing, archery, STEM activities, outdoor skills, crafts, and more! All of the activities will be age appropriate and guided by our well trained and enthusiastic staff. With multiple sessions offered at a variety of locations you are sure to find something that will fit your busy schedule! Activities vary by location.


Camp Northernstar

Rum River Scout Camp


Discovery Day Camp is a week long program (5 days) that is open to all youth in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Each day will be filled with activities such as swimming, hiking, climbing, archery, STEM activities, outdoor skills, crafts, and more! All of the activities will be age appropriate and guided by our well trained and enthusiastic staff. With multiple sessions offered at a variety of locations you are sure to find something that will fit your busy schedule! Activities vary by location.

Camp Northernstar

Kiwanis Cub Scout Camp

Marine on St Croix

Adventure awaits at Cub Scout Summer Camp! You can look forward to a weekend full of activities such as swimming, archery, boating, bb guns, climbing and so much more! Our enthusiastic and well trained staff will guide you every step of the way,


Camp Northernstar

Phillippo Scout Camp

Cannon Falls

Our Discovery Camps offer summer adventure in the form of day camps & overnight camps, all throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin!

Campfire MN


For generations of Minnesotans, Camp Fire camps have captured the glory of a summer’s day at the beach or the magic of a winter’s hike in the woods. Here, in the forests and fields of more than 100 acres on the shore of Lake Minnewashta, young people discover in nature something many didn’t even know they were looking for. Themselves. Their inner sparks. The kindling to ignite their true potential. All youth are welcome. Light the fire within.


Children's Theatre Company

Theater Arts Training


Children’s Theatre Company summer camps provide experience to build curious, creative, and confident young people. With 11 weeks of camp, each week brings a new adventure for students in grades K-12.

CTC offers a wide range of camps for a variety of interests. All students are welcome to participate in all classes (except for audition-based programs). We acknowledge and support that engagement and success looks different for each student, and our faculty prioritizes keeping their teaching style, activities, and goals flexible to the needs of our students.


Concordia Language Village

Youth Summer Camps


Discover the world with our award-winning cultural immersion experiences. From Adventure Day Camps to one-week, two-week and four-week programs, we’ve got programs for every age and proficiency level. You can even earn high school credit! Virtual programming also available.


Dodge Nature Center

West St. Paul 

Campers have fun while gaining appreciation for nature by exploring natural areas, meeting live animals, and getting their hands dirty. Bring your sense of adventure to camp this summer. New friendships and a sense of independence included in this summer experience! To provide equitable access to camp for all families, Summer Camps are filled using a lottery process (see camp website for more info).


Eagle Bluff 


Eagle Bluff is home to a multitude of unique and adventurous overnight & day summer camps for kids starting in preschool up through 12th grade, as well as family camps. Make this summer the best ever for your child and give them an experience they’ll never forget by registering them for one of our awesome camps! Our camps allow campers to experience the best of Eagle Bluff’s activities, but also has its own distinct theme. From learning to handle raptors to discovering what it’s like to sleep outdoors in their own shelter, Eagle Bluff campers gain new skills, build self- confidence, and foster their relationship with the natural world.


Guthrie Theater


Guthrie camps and intensives offer kids and teens the opportunity to work alongside professional theater artists to explore and develop their skills as artists and creative thinkers. These fun and impactful experiences will inspire positive self-development and community leadership by connecting participants to the artistry and creative process at one of the nation’s leading theaters. Middle school and high school camps will feature workshops with a variety of skilled teaching artists and focus on a wide range of artistry.


Cathedral of the Pines


Hey Campers! Kris and I are so excited to have you at Cathedral of the Pines Camp (COP) this summer. COP combines some of the best ingredients for a positive summer experience… laughter, prayer, education, and recreation. A typical camp day includes Bible class, swimming, paddleboats, nature hikes, sports fundamentals, arts and crafts, large and small group games, and, of course, delicious food! Each day at Cathedral of the Pines begins and ends in the chapel overlooking beautiful Caribou Lake. 


Hamline University

Physics Summer Camps

St Paul

Hamline’s physics summer camps give students the opportunity to dive into a topic, gain hands-on experience, meet experts in the field, and learn about Minnesota companies that take the lead.


Homegrown Lacrosse  

St. Paul

Homegrown Lacrosse Summer Camps have been a highlight of youth & high school lacrosse players in Minnesota since 2004.

Developed as Minnesota's first youth and high school lacrosse-specific camps, our dedicated staff works to develop each player’s strengths both physically and mentally. With one of the lowest camper to counselor ratios in the country (4:1), Homegrown Summer Camp engages and challenges players of all skill levels.

The cornerstone of camp is our Leadership Development Program (L.D.P.) which trains and connects volunteer high school and collegiate counselors to small groups of campers. Throughout the week, L.D.P. counselors participate alongside the campers and provide individual support and encouragement. As a result, each camper gets a mentor they can look up to and rely on.


Hup (Clap) HEY! 

Circus Camp


Hup (clap) HEY! offers high quality circus summer camps as teachers Jason Burnstein and Elena Orsak share their love of circus, music, and performance in a low pressure, high fun circus-themed camp environment. Students will have ample opportunity to play, explore, learn, and perform.




Base Camp

Oak Island

Laketrails Base Camp has been providing wilderness canoeing and camping adventures for teens and middle school youth since 1952. The heart of our program includes a canoe trip through the Canadian waters of Lake of the Woods. Challenge yourself in the great outdoors while building friendships that last a lifetime. Join us at Laketrails for an adventure you’ll never forget!


Leonardo's Basement 


We are excited to once again host builders ages 6-17 for week-long, half-day workshops in areas of engineering, design, craft and technology.


Minneapolis College of Art & Design 

Youth, Pre-College & Young Teen


MCAD’s Pre-College Summer Session (PCSS) is an inspiring and challenging two and a half week, 3-credit, studio art and design program. It’s open to high school students who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year. The 2024 session will run July 10–28. MCAD's young teen classes are designed to introduce students to a variety of mediums, processes, materials, and ideas. Teens will develop technical skills and learn how to translate their ideas into visual form. Professional artists guide an encouraging and constructive classroom in which teens develop focus and build confidence.


Minnesota BoyChoir

Boychoir Bootcamp

Saint Paul

Bootcamp 2024 will be a week-long summer choral experience for boys 6-12 years old. Boys will sing, play games, learn a little music theory, work with visiting artists, meet current choirboys and perform in a show-n-tell for family and friends! We hope you can join us!


Minnesota Debate & Advocacy Workshop (MDAW)

Summer Speech & Debate Camp


We offer practice debates and skill-building drills nearly every day of camp. Middle school students find friendly competition in a full length debate at the end of their weekly sessions – so students can get a feel for the tournament experience. For high school students each session offers a number of full-length debates throughout their camp stay. In addition to this, staff facilitate re-dos, provide feedback, and create concrete steps for the student to continue improvement while at camp, carrying those skills into the competitive season.


Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth


Mendota Heights 

MITY’s day and residential programs provide innovative classes to gifted and talented students. Our interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum challenges students to generate creative solutions to real-world issues while meeting peers who share their interests.


Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth

Expand Your Mind

Saint Paul

Our high school program brings together talented students from across the Twin Cities, the nation, and the world for intensive learning and discovery during two 2- week summer sessions. Located on the beautiful campus of Macalester College, MITY challenges students academically while developing leadership skills, instilling self- confidence, and fostering lifelong friendships among like-minded peers.


Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth

Your Extraordinary Summer (YES)

North Saint Paul 

MITY’s summer program for elementary students enables curious, high achieving students to continue their learning in a fun environment. Classes are intentionally designed to spark curiosity and expose students to new ways of thinking. Advanced learners also have the opportunity to socialize and play games with peers who share their passion for learning. Students can attend full day or half day, and extended care is available for families who need it.


Minnesota Jewish Community Center

Camp Olami


At Camp Olami, we specialize in children entering grade K-6. Our friendly, cooperative atmosphere fosters individual growth at the camper’s own pace. Campers are encouraged to learn new skills and master old ones, to express themselves creatively and to grow in their ability to relate to others. In this supportive environment, a true sense of community develops. By building a feeling of both independence and involvement in community, and developing individual abilities to the fullest, each camper at Camp Olami excels.


Minnesota Jewish Community Center

Camp Butwin

Saint Paul

Camp Butwin provides a full day summer care experience for school aged children in grades K-8. Under the supervision of caring and highly trained camp staff, campers are exposed to the wonders of nature on Camp Butwin’s 88 acre campus on the shores of Lake O’Brien. Our camp environment is infused with and informed by Jewish values such as welcoming new friends, caring for the earth, and acts of kindness. In addition to making life long friendships and memories, campers will have the opportunity to participate in favorite camp activities including canoeing and fishing, ropes course, horseback riding, outdoor skills, and more. Camp Butwin is filled with camp spirit, and offers the look and feel of an overnight camp experience in a day camp setting where campers will sleep at home in their own bed each night.


Minnesota Zoo 

Apple Valley

Thank you for choosing the Minnesota Zoo as your trusted summer camp destination —where natural wonder and discovery awaits! We are proud to provide campers with unforgettable and lifechanging opportunities to connect with the greater world around us. As the state’s largest wildlife conservation learning resource, we specialize in connecting you and your child to the awe and wonder of nature. Your camper will participate in animal encounters, special Zoo experiences, tours, and games. To ensure a great learning experience, campers are grouped by grade or age, and instructors are professional naturalists.


Northern Clay Center


We’ve got the perfect camp for you, with over 40 weeklong camps designed for safety, fun, and all ability levels ages 6 & up. Campers will have the opportunity to create cups, figures, plates, and anything else they can imagine during our 2024 camp offerings. We offer a wide variety of themes—such as potions, woodland creatures, gifts, and more—in small, individualized class settings. Our NCC instructors and teaching assistants provide plenty of guidance and ideas while letting personal flair shine! Each camp is led by a teaching artist; on average one additional teaching assistant is present for each camp. New camps begin each Monday, June 17 through August 23.


Ogichi Daa Kwe


Summer Camp for Girls

International Falls

Ogichi Daa Kwe is a one-of-a-kind wilderness camp for girls in northern Minnesota offering countless opportunities for personal growth through challenging canoeing and backpacking trips and engaging in-camp activities. Undistracted by technology, unburdened by social pressures and encouraged by passionate role models, the young women who come to Ogichi Daa Kwe discover a stronger version of themselves.



Backyard Camp!


Our week-long summer day camps allow children to choose their own adventures while being physically active, spending time with nature, and unplugging from technology. At Backyard Camp, 4-11 year olds have the chance to work with an abundance of handcrafting materials, practice building new worlds and relationships, and learn new skills through concentrated exploration of their environment.Our camp sessions are unique in that campers make their own decisions about how to spend their time, supported by our trained Playworker staff on site.


Science Museum Minnesota

Saint Paul

Our STEM education team is excited to bring back old favorites and introduce new themes for in-person and virtual camps available for grades pre-K through 6. Topics include art, biology, carpentry, chemistry, coding, engineering, magic, media, paleontology, space, and more.


Sounds of Hope 

Songs of Hope Summer Camp

Saint Paul

Songs of Hope™ is a six-week, overnight performing arts summer camp in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA for kids aged 10 and older from around the world. More than just a performing arts camp, Songs of Hope™ offers participants a unique opportunity to live in community with kids from other countries and cultures while learning and performing music from everywhere around the world. Each summer, a selected group of around 60 children and young adults venture to Minnesota from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and the U.S. They arrive as strangers but soon find themselves embraced in a closely-knit, supportive community as they learn popular songs and dances from each other’s cultures. They then take their songs of peace, love, and respect into neighboring communities in a joyous celebration of cultural unity, delighting their audiences along the way.



Springbrook Nature Center


Do you want to play where the wetland things are? Maybe you want to go on a legendary quest, or even discover the truth behind some fantastical beasts! Join us this summer as we delve into nature for adventure and imagination! Our small group day camps run from 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. weekly June 4 - August 22 for children ages 4- 12 (Adventure camps for ages 10-14). Check out our Camp Themes for exact dates, themes, and ages.


Stages Theatre Company

Summer Theater Workshops: Crystal

Crystal, Eden Prairie

Spend summer break singing, dancing, playing, and imagining at Stages! Summer Theatre Workshops are taught by professional teaching artists and are designed to give students an opportunity to get creative, make friends, explore the arts, and have a whole lot of fun over summer break!


Stages Theatre Company

Theater Summer Workshops: Saint Paul

Saint Paul

Stages Theatre Company is thrilled to partner with Minnesota Children’s Museum to bring our Summer Theatre Workshops to the museum this summer! Students will have the opportunity to engage in Summer Theatre Workshop programming, creating characters and solving problems using our “Actor Tools” (body, voice, imagination), while also exploring all that Minnesota Children’s Museum has to offer! Families are invited to a sharing of skills learned throughout the week on the last day of workshop.


Steve & Kate's Camp


Here, we put kids in charge. Preposterous? Possibly. Effective? You betcha. When you trust kids, they trust themselves. Since 1980, we’ve put kids in charge of their own learning experience. As they try, fail, and learn on their own, they learn to trust their own judgment, and tackle the challenges of an ever changing world with creativity and confidence. Campers choose minute to minute from a variety of activities. They’ll decide what they want to do, and for how long. Our job is to get out of their way, cheerlead creative risks, and provide just enough guidance to make sure nobody does anything totally* senseless. *Totally senseless: By our definition, mistakes aren’t senseless. They’re how you learn.




Temple Israel Minneapolis 


Long Lake

Camp TEKO is a place to have a fulfilling experience bonding with friends, develop new skills, explore Jewish identity, and engage in outdoor activities. We offer a variety of activities ranging from schiya (swimming) and sirot (boating) to omanut (arts & crafts), muzikah (music), Tarbut Yisrael (Israeli culture), sports, and much more. Our facilities include a swimming beach, boating area, a sport court, a pavilion, and plenty of grassy areas to run around and play. Campers will bring home projects from omanut, learn new songs in muzikah, become more independent, and of course enjoy their time outside on beautiful Lake Minnetonka. 


The Works Museum


Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring new camps each season, as well as favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more. Our summer camps for kids at The Works are ideal for girls and boys ages 5-12. Find camps exclusively for your PreK budding engineers, camps for girls such as our Rosie Revere Engineer and Code Camp for Girls, camps using the LEGO WeDo construction set, and add-on Friday Fun Days. Summer camp season at The Works Museum is alive with enthusiasm and creative engineering. A.m. and p.m. camps can be combined for a full day. Lunch is supervised for campers attending a full day of camp. HINT: If you’re registering for 2 or more camps, an Innovators Club membership could save you money (see camp website for details).


Three Rivers Park District

Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Minnestrista, New Prague, Plymouth, Prior Lake, Rockford, Savage, Shakopee, St. Anthony, Victoria

Lifelong memories are made at summer camp! There are camps for kids ages 4-15 on topics including nature exploration, outdoor recreation, golf, fishing, farming and art. Campers will gain an appreciation for nature while making new friends and memories. Summer camps are available at the Baker Outdoor Learning Center, Gale Woods Farm, nature and visitor centers, and golf facilities. Priority registration for suburban Hennepin County and Scott County begins Tuesday, February 27 at 7 AM. ZIP codes included in priority registration are listed on the camp website.


YMCA North

Camp Ihduhapi


Founded in 1929, Camp Ihduhapi provides enriching overnight, day camp, and retreat experiences. Situated on 175 acres of vibrant maple forest along the shores of Lake Independence, its close proximity to the Twin Cities makes Ihduhapi the perfect place for youth and adults to learn new skills, build confidence, and create lifelong memories.


YMCA North

Camp Widjiwagan


Founded in 1929, Camp Widjiwagan has been providing transformative wilderness experiences for youth from the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. Our mission is to develop, in young people, respect for self, community and the environment, through wilderness adventure and environmental education. We strive to build upon the Y's core values as part of our Camp Culture and Community Commitment. Widjiwagan’s program focus is wilderness and teens. In the summer, we provide wilderness canoeing and backpacking trips throughout North America for teens ages 11–18. During the school year, our Outdoor Learning Program works with schools and groups to teach outdoor education, recreation and community building.


YMCA North

Camp Menogyn

Grand Marais

Since 1922, Camp Menogyn has provided transformative small-group wilderness experiences. Only accessible by water, Camp Menogyn is uniquely situated on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on West Bearskin Lake.

Specializing in canoeing, backpacking, and rock climbing trips, participants have the opportunity to develop leadership skills through the triumphs and challenges of wilderness travel.



YMCA North

Camp Warren


Founded in 1927, Camp Warren is Minnesota’s only gender-affinity YMCA camp. Nestled amongst towering white pines on 600 acres near Eveleth, MN, Camp Warren provides the ultimate setting for participants to develop self-reliance, build life-long relationships, and receive mentorship from caring adults with a curriculum focused on skill progression. 



YMCA North

Day Camp Christmas Tree


First purchased in 1958, Camp Christmas Tree is just 30 minutes west of Minneapolis in Mound, MN. We are on 30 acres of land with horse pasture, an animal barn, garden archery ranges, a playground, and a climbing tower. We are also fortunate to be on a peninsula, strutting out into beautiful Dutch Lake, which campers enjoy swimming, canoeing, and kayaking in.


YMCA North

Day Camp Gathering Pines


Situated on 225 acres of woods, prairies, and pastureland with five lakes, YMCA Gathering Pines offers year-round outdoor programming, including Summer Day Camp (Formerly Day Camp Kici Yapi), Nature Retreats, Outdoor Learning, Private Events, Team Building, and more.


YMCA North

Day Camp Heritage

Lino Lakes

YMCA Day Camp Heritage is a wonderful place for your child to experience fun, outdoor adventures this summer! New and returning participants thrive during a week packed full of exciting, structured activities. Participants participate in small, age-appropriate groups where they build self-esteem and learn new skills. Our experiences are built on the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and equity.


YMCA North

Day Camp Manitou


YMCA Camp Manitou is a place to learn new skills, develop character and make friends. Located within Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park – with access to Lake Bertram and Long Lake – Camp Manitou is full of exciting outdoor activities for day participants and aquatic center visitors.


YMCA North

Day Camp Oxbow


Located at Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo in Byron, MN, YMCA 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. All this in a beautiful setting near the Zumbro River with daily access to the two-acre Path of Imagination Playscape!


YMCA North

Day Camp Spring Lake


At Dakota County's Spring Lake Park Reserve, Day Camp Spring Lake provides exciting and structured activities in a beautiful park setting with spectacular views of the Mississippi River. At Spring Lake, participants participate in small, age- appropriate groups as they build self-esteem, learn new skills, and practice the YMCA's core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and equity.


YMCA North

Day Camp Streefland


Located at beautiful Lake Kingsley in Lakeville, participants engage in small-group structured activities with other participants in their age group. They learn new skills and build self-esteem by participating in activities like Archery, Swimming, Nature Hikes, Outdoor Games, Arts and Crafts, and more. 

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