We have created a great mix of exciting summer day camps for children ages 3-13.

 Gibbs Farm 2015 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.

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

MEA Day 2015

Gibbs Farm is offering an exciting new fun and educational experience for your kids during MEA 2015. This mini one-day camp will be offered on Thursday and Friday of MEA, October 15 and 16. Kids ages 5-10 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!

We have full day and half day sessions available, see our MEA 2015 Information & Registration Form for details.

Summer Day Camps

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!

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 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 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

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 in 2016 Day Camps, contact Terry at 651-646-8629 or use our contact us form.