Summer Camp

Registration for 2020 Summer Camp is now open!

Please read on for more information on our summer camp; information regarding the camp, the schedule, how to register, and the registration link are included in the information on this page.

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 or other bus 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 8th, 2020 through August 20th, 2020. 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. Please note that this year there is an extra week of summer vacation, so there are TWO weeks between the end of our camp programming and the start of school after Labor Day.

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 Library, the Lakewalk and Canal Park, many of the various city parks including Leif Erickson, Enger Tower, and Twin Ponds, Bagley Nature Area, Jay Cooke State Park, Great Lakes Aquarium, Park Point, and many more! Our tentative schedule is posted below, and can be found at this link in a larger font. 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 $30.00 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, due on April 1, May 1, and June 1. 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. A registration guide can be found here: Registration is now open! To register follow this link:

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. The days that are full will have the word “Waitlist” listed in blue text on the grey bar next to the daily price.

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. Please make an appointment in advance with staff for assistance by calling 218-724-9832 or emailing

SCHEDULE CHANGES AND REFUNDS: No refunds will be given after April 1st. Changes made prior to April 1st to the days in which your camper is registered for are subject to an administrative fee of $5 for each day cancelled. The registration fee is non-refundable. A payment plan will be available upon checkout with payments due due on April 1, May 1, and June 1. Camp should be paid in full by June. If needed, you can contact Chester Bowl about an extended payment plan.

Additional days may become available throughout the summer due to other campers cancelling. These are first filled through the waitlist, but if there is no waitlist for that particular day, registration is through the online system as usual. 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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