Summer enrichment programs
Parents looking to keep their kids busy during summer — and keep them learning or physically active — have plenty of options at Minnesota’s private colleges. From sports to music to culture camps, there’s something to appeal to almost any young person. Many are offered every year. And for colleges, it’s a chance to share what makes them unique and serve the community.
Note: Applications for some camps are due as early as February or March.
Summer camp offerings include athletic programs in distance running and lacrosse as well as the Minnesota Debate and Advocacy Workshop, Augsburg University Youth Theology Institute, Metro/Augsburg High School Scrubs Day Camp and Minnesota High School Mathematics League
Bethany Lutheran College
Athletic camps as well as Camp College, in partnership with the Minnesota Association for College Admissions Counseling, for high school juniors to learn about aspects of the college search and application process; Bethany will also offer a Media Arts Camp for high school students and a Science Camp for junior high students. Dates and times are to be determined.
Offerings for high school students include writing, science, quantitative reasoning, languages and global issues, computer science, humanities and more.
College of Saint Benedict
Concordia College, Moorhead
Concordia Language Villages offer cultural immersion programs in 15 languages
Concordia University, St. Paul
Building Cultural Bridges Camp for 20 different languages and cultures of youth and music theatre camp.
Gustavus Adolphus College
Athletic and academic camps include show choir, high-altitude ballooning, basketball and leadership, tennis, golf, gymnastics and more.
Academic programs offered by the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY)
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Innovative, hands-on art and design camps and classes for kids and teens as well as a three-week residential Pre-College Art and Design program in July for 10th-12th graders.
Saint John’s University
Saint Mary’s University
Summer camp offerings include a residential girl's volleyball camp, basketball clinics, dance classes and a residential dance intensive program. Saint Mary's also is hosting a residential hockey camp and a FCA sports day camp.
St. Catherine University
Wildcat Athletics sports camps, Get After It (an overnight training camp for 7th–12th graders hosted by Olympic runner Carrie Tollefson) and First Step Summer Institute (a college immersion experience for young women of color in 10th and 11th grade)
St. Olaf College
Summer camp offerings include chess, music, dance, swimming, diving, theater, volleyball, football, soccer and folk hand crafts camps.
University of St. Thomas
High school juniors and seniors can earn college credits while taking advantage of 50% off summer undergrad classes. Summer camp offerings include athletic camps, journalism camp and Science, Technology, & Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp for Girls.