*** UPDATE July 2017***
Most camp days are completely full, with limited exceptions. To inquire about open days, please email email@example.com or call 218-724-9832.
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The Chester Bowl Adventure Program is an exciting opportunity for your child to spend a summer recreating in Chester Bowl while creating new friendships with other campers and supervised by supportive staff. We emphasize our philosophy of “Peace in the Parks” in our everyday interactions and activities. Our goal 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 8:30 and 9:00, 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 12th, 2017 through August 24th, 2017. 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, Glensheen Mansion, Hawk Ridge, the UMD Planetarium, the Tweed Museum, Park Point, and many more! Our camp will also have two trips with minimum age and height restrictions- Spirit Mountain and Wild Mountain. More information on the tentative schedule is found here. The schedule of activities can change due to shifts in availability and weather.
REGISTRATION: All applications will be processed using a lottery system. Parents have until Friday, March 10 to turn in applications to be considered for the lottery. The registration fee of $40/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. Processing of applications will take place by March 15 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 is found here. Blank pages are intentional so that the pages align properly if you are printing double sided. If printing single sided, you can select only the pages that you need. For more than one child, you can easily print out additional emergency contact forms, found here. You can also visit the chalet for paper copies of the forms. 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 $25.00 per child per day, with a higher cost for certain field trip days. There is also a non-refundable $40 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 with the exception of the Wild Mountain, Gooseberry State Park and Spirit Mountain field trips and only if camper’s spot can be filled. 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.
If you have any questions, please email Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Chester Bowl at 724-9832.