We have created a great mix of exciting summer day camps for children ages 4-13.

Gibbs Farm Day Camps

Our camps are held rain or shine – dress for the weather! Part of each camp day is spent out of doors, in case of bad weather, camp will be held inside site buildings.

Reservations are required and must be prepaid for all camps.
One week notice of cancellation is needed in order to receive a refund.

Summer Day Camps

To enroll in 2017 Summer Day Camps, you may:

  • Use our online registration forms. Links for each camp are below.
  • Print out the 2017 Gibbs Day Camps pdf form and mail: 2017 Day Camp Reservation Form
  • Contact Gibbs Farm at 651-646-8629.
  • Use our Contact Us form to contact Gibbs Farm directly.

Important Note: If you would like to register for a Day Camp within 2 days of the start of camp,
please call the Gibbs Farm directly at 651-646-8629 to register.

Dakota Day Camp

Tuesday, June 20 – Thursday, June 22, 2017
9:00 am-1:00 pm
$99.00
Dakota Day Camp Online Registration Form

This Dakota lifeways camp is for boys and girls ages 6-10 years old.
This interactive camp is led by Gibbs Farm staff with input from members of the Dakota community.
Camp focus is on Dakota seasonal rounds and includes language, activities and crafts.

Join us on Thursday during camp week for an Open House from 12:30-1:00.
Light refreshments will be served and campers will introduce their families to Dakota lifeways.
Campers bring a lunch Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday we will provide a Dakota-inspired feast.

Pioneer Kid

Tuesdays-Thursdays
9:00 am-1:00 pm
June 27-June 29, 2017
July 11-July 13, 2017
July 18-July 20, 2017
$99.00 per week
Ages 6-10
Pioneer Kid Online Registration Form

Children ages 6-10 travel back in time to experience school, work and play in this three-day pioneer immersion history camp to learn about life in the 1800s. Campers attend the one-room schoolhouse each day, learning “reading, writing and arithmetic” in a fun and kid-friendly way. Pioneer Kids also learn to play marbles, feed and care for the animals, make butter and ice cream, and much more.

Bring a bag lunch each day.
An open house will be held on Thursdays at 12:30 for campers’ families.

Gibbs Girl

Tuesdays through Thursdays
9:00 am-1:00 pm
July 25-July 27, 2017
August 1-August 3, 2017
August 8-August 10, 2017
August 15-August 17, 2017
August 22-August 24, 2017
$99.00 per week
Girls Ages 6-10
Gibbs Girl Online Registration Form

Three Days, Three Experiences: Life as a Pioneer girl, Dakota girl and Victorian girl. 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.

Some activities include attending a quilting bee, creating a yarn doll, dipping candles and square dancing on Pioneer day, putting up a tipi, beading and making baskets on Dakota day, and “taking tea” and making flower baskets following a nature walk on Victorian day.

Bring a bag lunch each day.
Each Thursday, campers will hold an open house for their families. Open house begins at 12:30 and all family members are invited as our guests!

Digging History

Tuesday, August 29-Thursday, August 31, 2017
9:00 am-1:00 pm
$99.00
Ages 11-13
Digging History Online Registration Form

In 1995, Gibbs Farm 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 searching 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, participate in hands-on digs at the site and much more. Boys and girls ages 11-13 will discover how archaeology helps determine how people lived long ago by the objects they used.

Bring a bag lunch each day.
An open house will be held on Thursday at 12:30 for campers’ families

Pioneer PeeWees

Wednesdays
9:30-11:30 am
June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30
$19.00 per session

Ages 4-5
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 PeeWees Online Registration Form

Pioneer PeeWees Camp Topics for 2017

6/21- All about Sheep!
Campers will learn all about how sheep were used on a pioneer farm. PeeWees will get to make and take home a pompom sheep!
6/28- All about Pigs!
Campers will get to know our two friendly pigs and learn why animals like them were important to pioneers. These PeeWees will make a pig-shaped cookie to take home!
7/12- Ducks, Geese, and Chickens…Oh My!
Campers will learn all about the different farm birds at Gibbs Farm. PeeWees will create their own chicken friend out of hollowed out eggs!
7/19- What’s Alive on the Prairie?
Campers will go on a scavenger hunt to see what critters (bugs, animals, or flowers) they can find in the prairie. PeeWees will get to take home their own nature journal!
7/26- Pioneer Gardens
Campers will take a walk through our Pioneer Garden and learn about the plants growing there. PeeWees will help our gardener by picking some of the ripe vegetables and then they’ll decorate their own clay pots to plant seeds in!
8/2- All about Bees
Campers will learn all about these important pollinators and how pioneers collected honey to eat and wax to make candles. PeeWees will dip a real beeswax candle to take home!
8/9- Pioneer Chores
Campers will get to go back in time in our Historic Farmhouse to participate in everyday pioneer chores like doin’ the wash and making butter. PeeWees will weave their own mini rag rugs just like pioneer women would have made!
8/16- Bark Lodge and the Hunt
Campers will go on a scavenger hunt for different animal hides that they’ll trade for beads. They’ll also learn about the Bark Lodge, the type of home where the Dakota lived in the summer. PeeWees will bead their own Dakota bracelet!
8/23- Tipi Life and Buffalo Nation
Campers will experience what winter life in the Tipi was like for the Dakota. These PeeWees will hear a traditional Dakota story about the importance of the buffalo and will make their own mini tipi to take home!
8/30- One-Room Schoolhouse
Campers will experience what lessons were like in a one-room schoolhouse. PeeWees will sing their ABCs, write on slate boards, and read a story. Children will take home a Gibbs ruler and pencil!

Reservations

Reservations are required and must be prepaid for all camps.
One week notice of cancellation is needed in order to receive a refund.

To enroll in 2017 Summer Day Camps, you may:

  • Use our online registration forms which are linked by each camp above.
  • Print out the 2017 Gibbs Day Camps pdf form and mail: 2017 Day Camp Reservation Form
  • Contact Gibbs Farm at 651-646-8629.
  • Use our Contact Us form to contact Gibbs Farm directly.

Important Note: If you would like to register for a Day Camp within 2 days of the start of camp,
please call the Gibbs Farm directly at 651-646-8629 to register.

MEA Day

Thursday, October 19, 2017
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Children ages 6-10
Please call the Gibbs Farm directly at 651-646-8629 to register.
Gibbs Farm will offer an exciting, fun and educational experience for your kids for MEA 2017. This mini half-day or full-day camp is for kids ages 6-10. Kids will have the opportunity to experience a day filled with crafts and fun, including caring for our animals; putting up a tipi; churning butter; making a Dakota beaded bracelet, creating a yarn doll, dipping a candle; visiting our one-room schoolhouse, and much more. They will also get a special treat, our famous home-made ice cream