Summer Program Opportunities in the Twin Cities 

LJA Partnership Camps:

Girls Rock n Roll Retreat (GRRR)
Hosted at Laura Jeffrey Academy July 10-14 and July 17-21.  Celebrating their tenth year in 2017, this annual day camp (9am 5pm daily) offers 5 days of music lessons, playing in a band, art classes, exciting workshops, and a big Friday night rock concert for girls age 8-16.  This camp is offered to girls who play or want to learn electric guitar, electric bass, drums, vocal or keyboards.  Girls of all levels are accepted on each instrument.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, more details here!

Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center

The core purpose of the KAYSC is to empower youth to change our world through science! The KAYSC engages youth in grades 6-8 at Laura Jeffrey Academy for out-of-school-time (OST) science programming afterschool at LJA, on Saturdays at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and for 6 weeks during the summer at a partner site. Programs target students from communities underrepresented in STEM disciplines: 75% of participants are from low-income families 60% are girls 90% are youth of color. Middle school youth start as service-learning volunteers in 7th grade and can progress to paid positions during high school, and as alumni interns after graduation from high school. Youth work in theme-based "teams," and build competencies in youth leadership, career development, and science literacy that they in turn share with their communities. Youth on KAYSC teams develop community service-learning projects and lead hands-on STEM workshops/outreaches for younger youth (pre-K through 6 grades) in their communities. Since its inception, the KAYSC has engaged over 1000 participants. Last year alone, the KAYSC reached over 50,000 museum visitors and 5,000 children on outreaches in over 25 different community sites.



Eureka! is a five-year summer and school year program for girls focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Run in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, the Eureka! program builds sisterhood with girls from all over the Twin Cities, exploring their career interests and dreams while supporting them through high school graduation and preparing them for the next step in their post-secondary education. Girls eligible to apply are current 7th graders (rising 8th graders in the summer). The Eureka! program is held during the summer at the University of Minnesota and offers enrichment events and activities monthly during the school year. For more information, call 612-215-4369 or visit

Breakthrough Twin Cities

Breakthrough Twin Cities is a six-year, tuition-free academic enrichment and college preparatory program that helps under-resourced students prepare for college success. Our goal is to identify young people who are in need of and who will take full advantage of the support that the program offers.

Rosies' Girls

Other Camps in the Twin Cities:

HealthForce Minnesota "Scrubs" Camps
Started in 2008, Scrubs Camp provides a unique opportunity for middle school and high school students to explore careers in the health sciences.  A collaborative project between HealthForce Minnesota, educational institutions, and healthcare employers, Scrubs Camps are offered throughout the summer at multiple locations.  Campers will experience a variety of interactive hands-on activities and special field trips to get them excited about careers in the health sciences. Sessions are led by healthcare professionals and/or faculty from several area colleges and universities.
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YMCA Camps
The YMCA offers camps for students every week during the summer throughout the Twin Cities. Their camps have 3, 4, and 5-day options and include opportunities to play sports, explore the outdoors, go on a variety of field trips and learn new skills.
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Students Today Leaders Forever Middle School Leadership Camp
Sponsored by the same organization that organizes the Pay It Forward Tour, the STLF Middle School Leadership Camp runs from August 6-9 in Fergus Falls, MN. Scholarships are available.
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Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth
MITY offer two-week programs for students entering 7th-12th grade. This is your chance to immerse yourself in an intense study of a single course—from acting to chemistry, to math, architecture to creative writing, psychology to engineering. Both residential and commuter options are available, and limited financial aid is available.  

ExplorSchool Summer of 2016 
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StageCoach Summer Camp
Camps are offered throughout the summer in St. Paul, Edina, and Minnetonka. Students spend five days taking singing, acting and dancing courses and put on an end-of-the-week performance for family and friends.
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Guthrie Summer Camp
The Guthrie offers five day long camps throughout the summer designed to spark the imagination through theater games and creative movement.
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Macalester College Computer Camps
iD Tech sponsors camps on game design, programming, filmmaking, photography and web design at Macalester College throughout the summer.
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St. Paul Parks and Rec
Arts, dance, sports, field trips—anything you could want to do with your summer can be found with St Paul Parks and Rec.
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Circus Juventas
Learn aerial, acrobatics, balance and juggling while practicing to be in the circus!
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Dodge Nature Center
The Dodge Center offers summer camps that let students experience nature, animals, and human’s impact on mother earth.
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Animal Humane Society – Unleashed Summer Camps
The Animal Humane Society offers camps at five locations all summer that are focused on students learning all about animals.
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Gustavus Adolphus Camps
Gustavus Adolphus offers a number of camps in different subjects on their college campus designed for students grades 6-8, including a Young Writers Institute and a Junior High Speech Institute. Limited full tuition scholarships are available for certain programs.
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MacPhail Music Camps
Summer Camps at MacPhail provide a fun and unique learning opportunity for students to explore music in a creative environment and develop skills that will last a lifetime.
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Minneapolis College of Art and Design
MCAD offers young teen art and design classes throughout the summer which 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.
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St. Paul Urban Tennis
Middle school tennis day camp at Como Park High School. Scholarships and private lessons are available. Learn More:

University of Minnesota Technology Day Camp
The University of M offers students grades 6-8 an introduction to engineering and computer science through a week-long day camp. The program is free of charge. (Dates TBD.)
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University Recreation & Wellness Youth Program

Gopher Sports Camps
The University of Minnesota sponsors camps for youth coached by the U of M coaching teams in a variety of different sports.
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Friends School of Minnesota
“Create Something Great,” FSM’s summer programming, runs throughout the summer and offers a variety of sessions based around community service, arts, mock trial, and robotics.
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St. Olaf College Camps
Our beautiful campus sits safely atop Manitou Hill in Northfield, MN, where we are able to offer a variety of fine arts and athletic camps throughout the summer, including theater camps, folk school camp, chess camp, swim camps, and more!