Gibbs Farm Summer Camps

Are you ready for an adventure?

In 2022, Gibbs Farm has camps for kids aged 4 to 13.  Whatever piques your interest – pioneer history, Dakota seasonal life, nature, games, tea parties – we have a camp for you!

Gibbs Farm is a Ramsey County Historical Society site located in Falcon Heights, just outside of St. Paul.  This eight-acre site is run by Ramsey County Historical Society.  Gibbs Farm preserves and shares Minnesota history focusing on both pioneer and Dakota life in the mid-1800s.  We use historic and replica buildings, a restored prairie, farm animals, and costumed interpreters in our programs to bring history to life. All camps are led by our fantastic historic interpretive staff. All staff receive training and have passed a background check.

Members of Ramsey County Historical Society receive a 10% discount on each camp registration.

Please be sure to read through our 2022 Camp Guidelines. These include answers to FAQ as well as important updates regarding how we will safely run camp during the Covid-19 pandemic. These guidelines are subject to change. 

Please email gibbs@rchs.com or call 651-646-8629 with any other questions.

 

For Ages 4 & 5

PeeWee Mini-Camps

Wednesday & Fridays, June 22 – August 26; 9:30am-11:30am

Price Per Session: $22

Register for 2022 PeeWee Camp Sessions

These mini camps are a perfect introduction for 4 & 5 year-olds who are ready for some independent fun!  Costumed staff lead campers through adventures in topics relating to nature, pioneer, and Dakota life in the 1800s. Each camp session includes a make and take activity, story time, a snack, and spending time outside!  Peewees play games, color, sing songs, and visit our farm animals. (Grade Recommendation: Pre-K)

New 2022 Topics!  We are excited to introduce new Pioneer Peewees topics this summer in addition to returning favorites like “All About Bees” and “Pioneer Chores”!

2022 PeeWee Camp Descriptions

For Ages 6-9

These camps take place Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-1pm.

Campers bring a lunch each day.

Price Per Week: $110

(Grade Recommendation: K-3rd Completed)

Kids on the Farm – Grasshoppers in my Bed Edition – Sold Out!

June 21-23
July 19-21
August 16-18

Travel back in time to the mid-1800s and live like early Minnesota farm kid, Lillie Gibbs!

We are celebrating Ramsey County Historical Society’s upcoming publication, Grasshoppers in My Bed, Lillie Belle Gibbs, Minnesota Farm Girl 1877, by centering this popular camp around the year-in-the-life story of the Gibbs’ youngest daughter, Lillie. Campers will go to school in a one-room schoolhouse, help with the weekly wash, run an errand to the local general store, make butter, and more!  Every morning starts with feeding the Gibbs Farm animals. Farm kids like Lillie had a lot of responsibility, but they also knew how to have fun!  Campers play marbles, horseshoes, learn about making (and taste) homemade butter. Campers will return to the 21st century with a new understanding of 19th century school, work, and play!

Follow RCHS and Gibbs Farm on social media to find out more details about this new book, release date, and related events.

 

Dakota Camp – Sold Out!

June 28-30
July 26-28
August 23-25 

Learn about Minnesota’s first people, the Dakota, past & present, in this unique camp!

Developed with Dakota partners, including instructors from University of Minnesota’s Dakota Language Program, this camp allows kids to explore 1830s seasonal life through the lens of Cloud Man’s village, where a young Jane Gibbs spent many of her childhood years. Campers are introduced to the Dakota language and play games to learn names of colors and animals! Activities include practicing with bows & arrows, learning about the engineering involved with constructing a tipi, visiting a replica bark lodge, hearing stories, and sampling traditional Dakota inspired food on the last day!

 

Nature Detectives – New to Summer Camp! – Sold Out!

July 5-7
August 2-4

Come explore the outdoors!

Campers will be nature detectives and use all their senses to make observations about the natural world.  We will search for clues about what creatures are living in the restored Gibbs prairie, eavesdrop on songbirds, and observe the behaviors of the farm animals.  Get excited for animal tracks activities, art projects, scavenger hunts, and more!

 

Life of a Gibbs Girl – Sold Out!

July 12-14
August 9-11

What would it be like to be a girl in 19th century Minnesota?

Experience the differences and similarities between life today and life as a Pioneer, Dakota, and Victorian girl! Costumed staff lead campers through the historic Gibbs farmhouse, explore the restored prairie, and host a Victorian tea party!  Each day includes history inspired crafts, activities outside, and time with friends.

For Ages 10-13

(Grade Recommendation: 4th-7th Completed)

Victorian Ladies – Sold Out!

Single Day Camp: Thursday, June 30
9am to 3pm
Campers bring a lunch.

Experience crafts, pastimes, and mannerisms that form the highpoints of the Victorian Era!

Campers will spend the day immersed in Victorian culture. They will learn about the Victorian language of flowers and fans, practice their sewing and drawing skills, and press flowers picked fresh from the prairie. Etiquette, curtsies, and other customary Victorian practices will be put to use at a tea party!

 

Minnesota Time Travel Camp – Sold Out!

Tuesday-Thursday, July 12-14
9am to 3pm
Campers bring a lunch each day.

$165

Hold on to your hat! We are going time traveling to three different eras of Minnesota history.

Day one will highlight the past & present of Minnesota’s first people, the Dakota. Campers will learn about the traditional seasonal life of Cloud Man’s village, explore the restored prairie, and be introduced to the Dakota language. On day two, campers will get an in depth look at early farm life in Minnesota while learning about the original farmhouse, farm animals, and partaking in a competitive butter churning contest. Finally, day three will venture into the Victorian era with explorations into the rise in popularity of natural history, inventions, strict manners, cross stitching, and end with a ‘garden party’ complete with croquet and tea.

 

Farm Survivor – Sold Out!

Tuesday-Thursday, August 9-11
9am to 3pm
Campers bring a lunch each day.

$165

Think you have what it takes to survive as an 1800s farmhand?

Test your skills at the Gibbs Farm site where campers will compete in 19th century farm chores, household tasks, and one room-schoolhouse exercises.  Campers will get an in depth look at early pioneer life in Minnesota while learning about the original farmhouse, farm animals, and so much more!

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