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

Gibbs Farm Day Camps

Our camps are held rain or shine – dress for the weather! Part of each camp day is spent out of doors, 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.

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.

Gibbs Farm MEA Detective Camps

1 or 2 Day Camp Options
Campers ages 6-10
$49 for 1 day
$80 for both days
Register here! Make sure to select the “Both” option if your child is attending Thursday and Friday’s camp.

Nature Detectives: Thursday, 18th of October 8am-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, 18th of October 8am-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!

Questions? Please email Janie@rchs.com.

 

Summer Day Camps

2018 Day Camps

Gibbs Girl
Tuesdays-Thursdays; June 19-21, August 7-9, August 21-23, August 28-30
9:00 am-1:00 pm
$99 per week
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.

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!
Click here to register for 2018 Gibbs Girl Camp.

Pioneer Kid
Tuesdays-Thursdays; June 26-28, July 31-August 2, August 14-16
9:00 am-1:00 pm
$99 per week
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. Campers attend the one-room schoolhouse each day, learning “reading, writing and arithmetic” in a fun and kid-friendly way. Pioneer Kids also learn to play marbles, feed and care for the animals, make butter and ice cream, and much more.

Bring a bag lunch each day.
An open house will be held on Thursdays at 12:30 for campers’ families.
Click here to register for 2018 Pioneer Kid Camp.

The June 26-28 session of Pioneer Kid Camp is full!

Victorian Ladies Day Camp
Tuesday-Thursday, July 10-12; 9:00 am-1:00 pm
$99
Ages 11-15
Brand new for summer 2018!  Experience crafts, pastimes, and mannerisms from the highpoints of the Victorian Era!  Campers will spend three days immersed in Victorian culture.  They will learn about the Victorian languages of flowers and fans, practice their sewing and drawing skills, and press flowers picked fresh from the prairie.  Campers will learn about Victorian etiquette, curtsies and all, which will be put to use at a Tea Party on the porch of the historic Gibbs Farmhouse on Thursday!

Victorian Ladies Day Camp is SOLD OUT!

Digging History
Tuesday-Thursday, July 17-19; 9:00 am-1:00 pm
$99
Ages 11-15
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 11-15 will discover how archaeology helps determine how people lived long ago by the objects they used.

Bring a bag lunch each day.
An open house will be held on Thursday at 12:30 for campers’ families.
Click here to register for 2018 Digging History Day Camp.

Dakota Day Camp
Tuesday-Thursday, July 24-26
9:00 am-1:00 pm
$99

This Dakota lifeways camp is for boys and girls ages 6-10 years old.
This interactive camp is led by Gibbs Farm staff with input from members of the Dakota community.
Camp focus is on Dakota seasonal rounds and includes language, activities and crafts.

Join us on Thursday during camp week for an Open House from 12:30-1:00.
Light refreshments will be served and campers will introduce their families to Dakota lifeways.
Campers bring a lunch Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday we will provide a Dakota-inspired feast.
Click here to register for 2018 Dakota Day Camp.

Pioneer PeeWeesNow offered twice a week!
Wednesdays & Fridays, June 20-August 31 (PeeWees will not be offered the week of July 2)
9:30 am-11:30 am
$19 per day
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 2018- Some topics are offered twice!

6/20 & 8/10- 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 their very own pig pen!

6/22 & 8/8- 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.

6/27 & 8/24- 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!

6/29 & 7/25- 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!

7/11- 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!

7/13 & 8/22- 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!

7/18- 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 make their own quilt square with real fabric!

7/20- 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 pots to plant seeds in!

7/27- 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!

8/1- 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!

8/3 & 8/29- 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!

8/15- 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!

8/17- Pioneer Games
Campers will learn about games played by pioneer children in the 1800s. PeeWees will play marbles, horseshoes, and much more!

8/31- 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!
Click here to register for 2018 Pioneer PeeWees Camps.

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 Summer Day Camps, you may:

  • Use our online registration forms which will be linked by each camp above.
  • Print out the 2018 Camp Reservation Form and mail.
  • Contact Gibbs Farm at 651-646-8629.
  • Use our Contact Us form to contact Gibbs Farm directly.

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.