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

Gibbs Farm Day Camps

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.

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

We are taking reservations for Fall 2016 MEA Day Camp!

MEA Day

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Half-day Camp: 9:00 am-noon; $29.00
Full-day Camp: 9:00 am-4:00 pm; $49.00
Children ages 6-10

MEA Day 2016 Online Registration Form

Gibbs Farm will offer an exciting, fun and educational experience for your kids for MEA 2016. 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!

Summer Day Camps

To enroll in 2017 Summer Day Camps, you may:

  • Use our online registration forms. These will be available in early spring 2017.
  • Print out the 2017 Gibbs Day Camps pdf form and mail, again available in early spring 2017.
  • Contact Gibbs Farm at 651-646-8629.
  • Use our Contact Us form.

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.

Below are descriptions of 2016 Day Camps – these camps are over. We are planning a series a of wonderful Day Camps for 2017. Please watch for more information!

Say It In Dakota

Say It In Dakota Camp is over for the 2016 Season. Please watch for more information for all camps in early spring 2017 for next summer’s season, or contact the Gibbs Farm.
Grades 1-4
This beginners Dakota language camp for children who have completed grades 1-4 is led by Gibbs Museum staff and members of the Dakota community. Campers experience a year in the life of the Dakota in the early 1800s, focusing on the Dakota seasonal rounds. 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.

– Bring a bag lunch each day.
– On Thursday at 12:30, campers will hold an open house for their families. All family members are invited to this open house as our guests!

Gibbs Girl

Gibbs Girl Camps are over for the 2016 Season. Please watch for more information for all camps in early spring 2017 for next summer’s season, or contact the Gibbs Farm.
Girls Ages 6-10
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.

Pioneer girls attend a quilting bee, create a yarn doll, dip candles and square dance in the barn; on Dakota day girls put up a tipi, bead and make baskets; Victorian girls “take tea” and make flower baskets following a nature walk.

– 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!

Pioneer Kid

Pioneer Kid Camps are over for the 2016 Season. Please watch for more information for all camps in early spring 2017 for next summer’s season, or contact the Gibbs Farm.
Ages 6-10
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. As well as attending the one-room schoolhouse each day learning “reading, writing and arithmetic” in a fun and kid-friendly way, campers learn to play marbles, feed and care for the animals, make food in the summer kitchen and much more.

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

Digging History

Digging History is over for the 2016 Season. Please watch for more information for all camps in early spring 2017 for next summer’s season, or contact the Gibbs Farm.
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 unearthed at dig sites.

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

Pioneer PeeWees

Pioneer PeeWee Camps are over for the 2016 Season. Please watch for more information for all camps in early spring 2017 for next summer’s season, or contact the Gibbs Farm.
Wednesdays

9:30-11:30 am
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 Camp Topics for 2017 will be posted in early spring.

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. These will be available in early spring 2017.
  • Print out the 2017 Gibbs Day Camps pdf form and mail, again available in early spring 2017.
  • Contact Gibbs Farm at 651-646-8629.
  • Use our Contact Us form.

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.