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Day Camps 2015


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.

To register, please call the Gibbs Museum at 651-646-8629 or email gibbs@rchs.com for a registration form.

Reservation Form

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

Say It In Dakota

Tuesday, June 16-Thursday, June 18
9 am – 1:00 pm
For boys and girls ages 6-10. Snack served daily.
Only $99 for the week

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 unique and exciting camp is led by Gibbs staff and instructors from the Dakota community.

Gibbs Girl

Tuesdays-Thursdays, July 28-30; August 4-6;
August 11-13; or August 18-20
9 am - 1 pm.
 For girls ages 6-10. Bring a lunch bag lunch each day.
Still only $99 each week

Three Days, Three Experiences: Campers discover what the lives of pioneer girls, Dakota girls and Victorian girls were like in the 1800s.  This craft-based camp offers girls a first-hand appreciation of the daily lives of girls in days gone by.

Pioneer girls make quilt squares and yarn dolls, dip candles and attend an old-fashioned barn dance. Dakota girls make a parfleche bag, bead a bracelet, play Dakota games and make a tipi. Victorian girls “take tea” at the Gibbs’ farmhouse porch, make autograph books and create Victorian flower crafts.

Each Thursday, campers will perform skits for their families based on their camp experience. This open house begins at 12:30 and all family members are invited as our guests!


Victorian Tea & Tour

Tuesday, June 23; Wednesday, June 24; Thursday, June 25;
Tuesday, June 30; Wednesday, July 1; Thursday, July 2
9 am-11 am; 10 am-noon; 11 am-1 pm.
 $19 per person for each Tea & Tour

Designed for generations of girls: grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters and daughters alike!

Learn about Victorian ways as you savor tea on the farmhouse porch. Following tea, a costumed interpreter will take you through the Gibbs farmhouse. Make a calling card patterned after the one the Gibbs girls used when they visited friends.

Gibbs Girls “moving “ with travois

Campers washing the pig!

Pioneer Kid
Tuesdays-Thursdays, July 7-9; July 14-16; or July 21-23
 9am - 1 pm. 
For boys and girls ages 6-10. Bring a bag lunch each day. 
Still only $99 each week

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 learning “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. Campers work with the farm animals and birds each day, collecting eggs and even giving the animals a bath. But pioneer life was not all school and work. Boys and girls learn to play games pioneer kids played like marbles and horseshoes.

Each Thursday, campers will make ice cream and cookies. Families are invited for an open house at 12:30 where campers will serve the treats and then show off the site to their guests.



Digging History
Tuesday-Thursday, August 25-27
 9am - 1 pm. 
For boys and girls ages 11-13. Bring a bag lunch each day. 
Only $99 for the week

In 1995, Gibbs Museum located the original "soddy" site and participated in an archaeological dig with the University of Minnesota. Whether learning about pioneer life in 1849 through this dig, or serching for the Dakota trail that crossed the Gibbs farm, archaeology has played an important role at the Gibbs historic site for years.

Campers will learn about archaeology and participate in hands-on digs at the site. Boys and girls will discover how archaeologists determine how people lived long ago by the objects unearthed at dig sites. 


Pioneer PeeWees

Wednesdays: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19  
9:30-11:30 a.m.

For boys and girls ages 3-5. 
Still only $19 per Wednesday

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

Pioneer PeeWee Camp Topics
 June 24 - Buffalo Nation
July 1 - Tipi Life
July 8 - Bark Lodge & the Hunt
July 15 - All About Bees
July 22 - Farm Animals
July 29 - One-Room Schoolhouse
August 5 - Pioneer & Dakota Gardens
August 12 - What's Alive on the Prairie
August 19 - Pioneer Chores

Pioneer PeeWee Topics Printable PDF.

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, contact Terry at 651-646-8629 or
Reservation Form

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

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

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