Gibbs Farm Day Camps 2019

We have created a great mix of exciting summer day camps for children ages 4-15.

Have a camp-related question? Check our FAQ page.
Please email gibbs@rchs.com or call 651-646-8629 with any other questions.

If you are having trouble with online registration please email gibbs@rchs.com or call the Gibbs Farm Office at 651-646-8629.

Cancellation Policy: please notify of cancellation via email or phone one week prior to the first day of camp to receive a full refund.

Gibbs Farm MEA Detective Camps

1 or 2 Day Camp Options

Campers ages 6-10

$49 for 1 day

$80 for both days

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Nature Detectives: Thursday, October, 17th;  9am-4pm

Calling all outdoor adventurers! Campers will be nature detectives as we explore the outdoors. We will search for clues to tell us what creatures are living in the restored Gibbs prairie, eavesdrop on birds, inspect different kinds of leaves, and examine woolie bear caterpillars to investigate if they really can predict the weather.  Campers will make works of art out of natural materials and be introduced to the Gibbs Farm animals!

History Detectives: Friday, October 18th; 9am-4pm

The mystery of history! Campers will be history sleuths as we explore the methods historians use to understand the past. Archaeology and primary source activities will reveal how some of this information can be uncovered. We will inspect the historic Gibbs Farmhouse and the one-room schoolhouse to make observations on how they might have been used. Of course, campers will get to say ‘hi’ to our friendly farm animals too!

Pioneer Kid Camp

Tuesdays-Thursdays; June 18-20, July 9-11, August 13-15
9:00am-1:00pm
$99 per week
All children, ages 6-10

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

Campers 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.

Register for 2019 Pioneer Kid Camp

Life of a Gibbs Girl Camp

Tuesdays-Thursdays; June 25-27, July 23-25, August 20-22, August 27-29
9:00am-1:00pm
$99 per week
All children, 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 children 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 cornhusk dolls on Dakota Day, and “taking tea” and making tussie-mussies following a nature walk on Victorian Day.

Campers 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.

Register for 2019 Life of a Gibbs Girl Camp

Victorian Ladies Camp

Tuesday-Thursday, July 16-18
9:00am-3:00pm
$149
All children, ages 11-15

Experience crafts, pastimes, and mannerisms that form the highpoints of the Victorian Era! Campers will spend three days 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 on Thursday!

Campers bring a bag lunch each day.
On Thursday, campers will hold an open house for their families. Open house begins at 2:30 and all family members are invited as our guests.

Register for 2019 Victorian Ladies Camp

Dakota Day Camp – This camp is full!

Tuesday-Thursday, July 30-Aug 1
9:00am-1:00pm
$99
All children, ages 6-10

This interactive camp is led by Gibbs Farm staff with input from members of the Dakota community. The camp focuses on historic Dakota seasonal rounds and includes mini language lessons, activities, and crafts. Campers will put up a small tipi, help to prep a deer hide for tanning, and make a beaded bracelet while learning about trade and decorating a wóžuha (bag).

Campers bring a bag lunch each day.
On 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. Campers and their families are welcome to attend our Prairie Festival: Celebrating the Dakota, Past and Present on Saturday, August 3 free of charge.

Pioneer Survivor Camp

Tuesday-Thursday, August 6-8
9:00am-3:00pm
$149
All children, ages 11-15

New this year! Think you have what it takes to survive as an 1800s pioneer? 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!

Campers bring a bag lunch each day.
On Thursday, campers will hold an open house for their families. Open house begins at 2:30 and all family members are invited as our guests.

Register for 2019 Pioneer Survivor Camp

Pioneer PeeWees

Wednesdays and Fridays, June 12–August 30 (PeeWees will not be offered the week of July 1st)
9:30am-11:30am
$19 per day
All children, ages 4-5

The perfect camp for younger children! Each camp covers one pioneer, Dakota, or nature-related topic and includes plenty of hands-on activities and a craft to take home. A snack is included.

2019 Topics (some are offered twice!):

6/12 & 8/2 – All about Pigs!
Campers will get to know our two friendly pigs and learn why animals like them were important to the pioneers. These PeeWees will make their very own felt pig friend to take home!

6/14 & 8/7 – All about Goats!
Campers will learn all about the importance of goats on a farm. PeeWees will play “goat” games and participate in a make and take activity!

6/19 & 8/9- 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!

6/21 & 8/14– 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!

6/26 – 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!

6/28 & 8/16 – 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 pencil!

7/10 – Bark Lodge and the Hunt
Campers will go on a scavenger hunt for different animal hides that they’ll trade for beads. They will also learn about the Bark Lodge, the type of home where the Dakota lived in the summer. PeeWees will bead their own Dakota bracelet!

7/12 & 8/28 – 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 make their own quilt square with real fabric!

7/17 & 8/23 – 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!

7/19 & 8/21 – Ducks, Geese, and Chickens…Oh My!
Campers will learn all about the different farm birds at Gibbs Farm. PeeWees will craft their own chicken friend!

7/24 – Pioneer Games
Campers will learn about games played by pioneer children in the 1800s. PeeWees will play marbles, horseshoes, and much more!

7/26 – Dakota Seasons
Campers will learn all about the seasonal lifestyle of Dakota in the 1800s. PeeWees will participate in a wild rice harvesting demonstration and they’ll get to taste maple sugar candy!

7/31 – Pioneer Gardens
Campers will take a walk through our Pioneer Gardena and learn about the plants growing there. PeeWees will help our gardener by picking some of the ripe vegetables and they they’ll decorate their own pots to plant seeds in!

8/30 – Apple Orchard Fun!
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!

Register for 2019 Pioneer PeeWees Camp

 

If you are having trouble with online registration please email gibbs@rchs.com or call the Gibbs Farm Office at 651-646-8629.

Cancellation Policy: please notify of cancellation via email or phone one week prior to the first day of camp to receive a full refund.