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.

To enroll in 2016 Day Camps, you may:

  • Use our online registration forms, below in each camp description.
  • Print out the 2016 Gibbs Day Camps pdf form and mail.
  • Contact Terry 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.

Summer Day Camps

Say It In Dakota

June 21-23, 2016
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Grades 1-4
$99.00

Say It In Dakota Online Registration Form

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

Choice of 5 weeks:
July 19-21, 2016
July 26-28, 2016
August 2-4, 2016
August 9-11, 2016
August 16-18, 2016
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Girls Ages 6-10
$99.00 per week

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.

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

Choice of 3 weeks:
June 28-30, 2016
July 5-7, 2016
July 12-14, 2016
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Ages 6-10
$99.00 per week

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. 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

August 23-25, 2016
9:00-1:00 pm
Ages 11-13
$99.00

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 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

Wednesdays
July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, August 31, September 7, September 14, 2016
9:30-11:30 am
Ages 4-5
$19.00 per week.

Pioneer PeeWees Online Registration Form

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 Topics:

  • 7/6 – 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!
  • 7/13 – 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!
  • 7/20 – 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!
  • 7/27 – 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 woodland animals coloring book!
  • 8/3 – 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!
  • 8/10 – 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!
  • 8/17 – 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!
  • 8/24 – 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!
  • 8/31 – 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!
  • 9/7 – 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!
  • 9/14 – Apple Orchard. Campers will take a walk through our Heritage Apple Orchard and learn about how we take care of all the different types of apple trees. These PeeWees will make an “Apple Critter” and apple stamp picture!

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

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 5-10. Please check in with us for more information on MEA 2016.

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 2016 Day Camps, you may:

  • Use our online registration forms, below in each camp description.
  • Print out the 2016 Gibbs Day Camps pdf form and mail.
  • Contact Terry 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.