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Day Camps

2014 – A BIG Year!  
For 65 years, Ramsey County Historical Society and Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life
have been an important part of this community



Part of each camp day is spent out of door; campers should dress for the weather.
Camps are held rain or shine; in case of bad weather, camp will be held inside site buildings.

Neil McKay, U of MN Dakota Language instructor leads campers in language

Say It In Dakota

Monday-Friday, June 16-June 20.  9 am – noon
For boys and girls ages 6-11. Snack served daily.
Only $79

Campers experience a year in the life of the Dakota in the early 1800s. During this week-long, hands-on camp, kids explore seasonal activities including the maple sugar camp, wild rice village, life in the tipi, hunting games, methods of travel and much more. Activities and crafts are integrated with Dakota language and song. This exciting camp is led by Gibbs staff and instructors from the U of MN Dakota Language Dept.

Gibbs Girl Day Camp

Offered four weeks: Tues-Thurs, Aug 5-7; Aug 12-14; Aug 19-21; Aug 26-28. 9 am - 1 pm.
 For girls ages 6-11. Bring a lunch bag lunch each day.
only $99

Three Days, Three Experiences Campers learn about the lives of pioneer girls, Dakota girls and Victorian girls.  This craft-based camp offers girls a first-hand appreciation of the daily lives of girls in the 1800s. Pioneer girls make quilt squares and yarn dolls, dip candles and attend an old-fashioned barn dance. Dakota girls make parfleches bags, bead a bracelet, play Dakota games and make a tipi. Victorian girls “take tea” at the Gibbs’ house, make autograph books and gather flowers and create Victorian flower crafts.



Gibbs Girls “moving “ with travois

Campers washing the pig!

Pioneer Sampler
Offered four weeks: Tues-Thurs, July 8-10; July 15-17; July 22 24; July 29-31. 9am - 1 pm. 
For boys and girls ages 6-11. Bring a bag lunch each day. 
Still only $99

Boys and girls ages 6-10 travel back in time and learn about life in the 1800s.  Time is spent each camp day in the one-room schoolhouse leaning “reading, writing and arithmetic” in a fun and kid-friendly way. Campers learn to write using pen and ink and mail a letter home from the General Store post office.

The other half of each day is spent doing chores around the farm. But pioneer life was not all school and work. Boys and girls learn to play games pioneer kids played like marbles and horseshoes.

On Thursday, kids make ice cream and families are invited for an open house. This “Celebration of Pioneer Life” begins at 1:00.


Pioneer PeeWees

Wednesdays, July 9 – August 20. 
9:30-11:30 a.m.

For boys and girls ages 3-5.
A snack will be served each day.
Still only $19 per week

The perfect camp for younger children! Each camp covers one pioneer or Dakota-related topic and includes and activity and craft to take home.

Pioneer PeeWee Topics:

July 9: Dakota Games
Children learn and play common games and sports Dakota children liked in the 1800s. Make a cornhusk cock-toss to take home.

July 16: Tipi Life
Campers learn about life in the tipi, help put a miniature one up, pull travois made from the tipi poles and make a paper tipi to take home.

July 23: Dakota Moons
The Dakota moved throughout the year and moon cycles let them know the change of seasons. Children will visit our moon stations, learn the name of their birthday moon, and make a moon calendar to take home.

July 30: Pioneer Games
Just like today, pioneer children loved to play games. Campers learn some old favorites and make a checker board and checkers from corn husks to take home.

August 6: The One-Room Schoolhouse
The one room schoolhouse was an important part of every pioneer child's life. Campers sit in old-fashioned school desks, learn school games and do simple ABC projects.

August 13: Farm Life: Animals & Chores
Kids spend time with the farm animals and simple chores like doin' the wash. Make a pig or lamb cookie to take home.

August 20: All About Bees
The prairie is filled with bees, bugs and butterflies. Campers learn why bees are so important and dip a beeswax candle to take home.















Reservations are required  and must be prepaid for all camps.
One week notice of cancellation is needed in order to receive a refund.
 For more information, or to enroll, use the reservation form, or contact Terry (651) 646-8629 or


For more information, or to enroll, contact at (651) 646-8629 or gibbs@rchs.com.  

Saturday - Sunday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Weekday mornings by appointment
ADULTS . . . $8.00
. . . $7.00
CHILDREN, ages 2-16 . . . $5.00

Gibbs Museum 2012 Programs and Events proudly Co-Sponsored by:

of Pioneer and Dakotah Life
2097 West Larpenteur Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55113


Our Mission
"The Ramsey County Historical Society inspires current and future generations to learn from
and value their history by engaging in a diverse program of presenting, publishing and preserving." 

The place for St. Paul & Ramsey County, Minnesota history.
Ramsey County Historical Society programs include a research center, St. Paul & Ramsey County MN history magazine, 
historical exhibits, historic site attraction the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakota Life.

323 Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102    
Phone: (651) 222-0701, Fax: (651) 223-8539

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