Summer Camp

 

*** Updated June 11, 2018***

The Summer Camp originally filled during our lottery registration period in Mid-March.  As families adjust their schedules, limited days are available throughout the summer. Please contact Sam at sam@chesterbowl.org if you are interested in adding days or enrolling a new child.

*** End Update***

 

The Chester Bowl Summer Camp is based on a philosophy of nature play, positive social interaction with peers, teens, mentors, and adult staff, and immersion in nature. We see campers thrive in an environment where they are given age-appropriate amounts of choice, responsibility, and risk. A typical day may include unstructured play time on the playground, group games and activities with both the full group and smaller groups, arts and crafts, hiking through Chester on the way to a local field trip destination (or taking the DTA for a farther trip), fort building, making boats from natural materials, playing in the creek, smiling, laughing, making new friends, and asking “do I really need to go home now?” at the end of the day.  Our promise to parents is to return your camper each day tired, dirty, and happy!

DAYS AND TIMES:  We offer programming four days a week, Monday through Thursday.  Children can be dropped off between 8:00 and 9:00 (note the earlier drop off this year!), with the day’s activities starting at 9 AM.  All children need to be picked up by 5:00 PM.  Camp will run Monday through Thursday from June 11th, 2018 through August 23rd, 2018.  There is no camp on July 4th.  As always, you can sign up for as many or as few days as you want, and only the days that you want, with no minimum or maximum.

CAMP ACTIVITIES: Each day at camp we spend nearly the entire day outside, taking advantage of the beautiful park and the trails and creek.  Daily activities in the park can include nature exploration and hikes, group games like gaga, dodgeball, and capture the flag, arts and crafts, fort building, playground time, obstacle courses, and playing in the creek. We also take many field trips off site by foot. by DTA bus, and by Voyager Bus.  Anticipated trips this summer include the Mount Royal and Downtown Libraries, the Lakewalk and Canal Park, many of the various city parks including Keene’s Creek and Quarry Park, Gooseberry Park, Duluth Yoga, Great Lakes Aquarium, Park Point, and many more!  More information on the tentative schedule is found here.   Please note that this is our planned schedule, but it is likely to shift as the summer progresses.  The schedule of activities can change due to shifts in availability and weather.

REGISTRATION: All applications are processed using a lottery system. Applications can be turned in beginning on March 8th, and parents have until the end of the day Wednesday, March 14th to turn in applications to be considered for the lottery. The registration fee of $50/family must be turned in with your completed registration packet unless you are requesting a scholarship. All payments must be made with check or cash. The applications received during that period will be processed in a random order to ensure that all interested parties have equal chance of attending the Adventure Program. There is no advantage to turning in your paperwork earlier or later in the week, as long as it is received by the end of the day March 14th.  Processing of applications will begin on March 15 and be complete by March 23 at the very latest to allow opportunities for families to pursue other camps. Applicants will be notified when their application has been processed or if there were no longer openings. If there are openings after the lottery, applications will be processed in the order that they are received.

The application for the Summer Adventure Program can be found here.  For more than one child, you can easily print out additional emergency contact forms, which are found here. You can also visit the chalet for paper copies of the registration packet.  Please be sure to include your registration fee with your completed paperwork.

AGES: Adventure Camp is open to children who are at least 6 years old OR have completed Kindergarten, up to 12 years old.  Older children (13+) may be interested in volunteering through the St. Louis County 4-H Incredible Exchange Program.  More information can be found here.

PROGRAM COST: The program cost is $27.00 per child per day.  There is also a non-refundable $50 family registration fee.  The full balance is due by June 1st.  There are scholarships available, so please do not let the cost keep you from enjoying camp!

SCHEDULE CHANGES AND REFUNDS: No refunds will be given after May 1st. Changes made prior to May 1 to the days in which your camper is registered for are subject to a $5.00 administrative fee per day.

We also will offer a Fall Adventure Program two day camp on October 18 and 19, 2018, days the Duluth Public Schools and some others are off for MEA Break.  More information on Fall Camp will be available during late summer 2018.

If you have any questions, please email Sam at sam@chesterbowl.org or call Chester Bowl at 724-9832.

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