Summer Camp

*** UPDATE June 4, 2019***

Chester Bowl Summer Camp is nearly full. There are select days with openings, especially later in the summer; they can all be seen through the registration page, which updates anytime a family changes their registration.  The registration page shows filled days as having a waitlist. You can sign up for a waitlist day (with no charge) and will be notified if the day opens up; you then can choose to accept the day or not accept it. Check back frequently- as families’ summer schedules change, additional days may open up. 

***End Update***



Registration for summer camp is now open. Read the information below and follow the instructions on the 2019 Registration Guide before following the link to register. If you skip either of these steps you will likely miss information and have a more difficult time registering. 

The Chester Bowl Summer Day Camp is based on a philosophy of nature play, positive social interaction with peers, teen 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, with the day’s structured activities starting at 9 AM.  All children must be picked up by 5:00 PM.  Camp will run Monday through Thursday from June 10th, 2019 through August 22nd, 2019.  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 may include the Mount Royal and Downtown Libraries, the Lakewalk and Canal Park, many of the various city parks including Amity Creek and Chambers Grove, Gooseberry Park, World of Wheels, Glensheen, Park Point, and many more! Our tentative schedule can be found here or in the picture below. 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.

AGES: 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 $29.00 per child per day.  There is also a non-refundable $50 family registration fee.  Payment is processed upon registration; you can also choose a payment plan system, with up to three installments. There are also scholarships available, so please do not let the cost keep you from enjoying camp! You can request a partial or full scholarship during registration. Our scholarships are funded by donations at Fall Fest, our Skis, Suds, & Slices event, and through grants from the Minnesota Power Foundation and Rotary Club 25.

REGISTRATION: All applications are through an online system, and are processed through two waves. Registration occurs directly through the online portal; there will be no paper registration option this year. 

Follow these instructions to register: 2019 Registration Guide

Follow this link to sign up for camp! 

Registration is now open to new families. Please note that registration has already begun for returning families and that many days have already filled. The days that are full have the word “Waitlist” listed in blue text on the grey bar next to the daily price. We are accepting registrations for waitlists on the days that are full. If you wish to be placed on the waitlist please do so. 

All applications are processed immediately on a first come-first served basis through the online system. You will know immediately what availability there is for your campers this summer. Registration is open until filled and then names are added to a waitlist. To ensure camp quality and the appropriate staff/camper ratio, we have a registration cap for each day of camp.

If you do not have access to a computer for registration, or would otherwise like assistance, you can come to the Chester Bowl Chalet to use a Chester computer for registration. Staff are available to assist returning families on March 7th from 7:00-8:30pm. Staff are available to assist new families on March 14th from 7:00-8:30pm. You can also reach out directly to Sam to request and schedule other times for assistance.

SCHEDULE CHANGES AND REFUNDS: No refunds will be given after May 1st. Changes made prior to May 1st to the days in which your camper is registered for are subject to a 6.95% administrative fee per day. The registration fee is non-refundable. Unless signed up for a payment plan camp should be paid in full on June 1. 

Additional days may become available throughout the summer due to other campers cancelling. If you want to add days as the summer progresses, check the registration software periodically to see if desired days have opened up.

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



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