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2023 Camps Coming Soon!

At SPARK we have the perfect summer camp for your children to explore their favorite activities and interests through hands-on, creative STEAM programming! SPARK’s summer camps – SPARKAMP – feature engaging, innovative curriculums led by experienced and knowledgeable instructors. We’ve partnered with individuals and organizations from the Rochester community to bring an exciting series of summer camps to SPARK  for your children to learn, play and grow!

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Camp Structure

SPARKAMPS are broken out into separate morning and afternoon camps each week. You can register your child for either the morning session, afternoon session, or both. Camp fees are separate for each session. 

*Camp size is limited to 12 campers per session. If the camp you were hoping to register for is full, and you would like to be on a waiting list, please email wperlenfein@SparkRochesterMN.org

Morning Session         9:00am - 12:00pm

Afternoon Session      1:00 - 4:00pm

If your child is signed up for BOTH the AM and PM camp sessions:

  • Your child will need to bring a peanut free lunch from home each day

  • SPARK will provide a supervised lunch/museum play time in between sessions

NEW in 2023 : Kinder Camp

Kinder Camp 2023 is for your child if they are going to Kindergarten this fall. We will have special activities and opportunities to practice being in a class setting. They will have a great experience with art projects, science experiments, and large group time to prepare them for the school year ahead. 

Camps for Grades 1 - 2

For campers entering 1st - 2nd grade

Coming soon...

June 27 - 30  |  Morning Session
Exploring Science

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time:  9:00am - 12:00pm 

Grade: 1st and 2nd 

Cost: $160 per camper, includes 1 camp t-shirt 

Registration Deadline: June 13, 2022

Put on your lab coats for a week of science fun! This camp is designed to explore experiments and introduce kids to the scientific method in a fun and engaging way. Children will learn more about science experiments, prediction making, and determine if those predictions were correct. Led by: Paola Viejo Campos

Camps for Grades 3 - 4

For campers entering 3rd - 4th grade

Coming soon...

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June 20 - 23  |  Morning Session
STEAM Studio 1

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time:  9:00am - 12:00pm 

Grade: 3rd and 4th

Cost: $160 per camper, includes 1 camp t-shirt 

Registration Deadline: June 13, 2022

Explore the world of STEAM with 4H! In this hands-on crafting experience, campers will discover a variety of areas of learning and try different approaches to creating art. While they create, campers will learn about topics from animals and plants to robots (art bots) and much more. Campers will be invited to bring one of their projects to exhibit with 4-H at the Olmsted County Fair! Led by: Kristina Abbas, Extension Education, 4-H Youth Development, Olmsted County

SPARKAMP Information and Policies:

 

 

T-Shirts

Campers will be provided with one camp shirt included with registration costs. T-shirts are required to be worn each day of camp. Additional t-shirts can be purchased. 

 

Age Requirements

No age exceptions will be made. Children must be entering (Fall 2022) the grade the camp is intended for. 

Educators

Camps are taught by trained and experienced educators. All SPARK staff and camp instructors have undergone background checks. 

​Snacks

Snacks will be provided for each camp. Please indicate any food allergies or sensitivities your child has on your registration form.

*Please send your camper with a water bottle labeled with their name as drinks (besides the water fountain) will not be provided. 

​Pick-up and Drop-off

Camp check in will begin 15 minutes prior to the camp start time. Campers must be picked up at the designated end time of camp each day. Early drop off and late pick up will not be allowed.

*Campers picked up more than 15 minutes after the end of camp will be subject to a $50 aftercare camp fee each day.   

Camp Safety

Our team will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and recommendations in 2022 and will adjust requirements as needed. Our goal is to ensure a safe and fun summer for your camper! We will finalize classroom and check-in procedures in the weeks leading up to your camp and will inform you of the most up-to-date guidelines we will be following prior to your arrival to your first day of camp.

Photo Release

Registration for camp implies permission to use photographs of students for promotional purposes only. Children will not be identified by name. 

Cancellation

If you need to cancel:

  • 30 or more days before the camp start date - 50% of your camp fee will be refunded minus a $20 cancellation fee.

  • 29 or fewer days before your camp start date - no refunds will be given. 

  • Camp fees will not be prorated for any missed days.

To cancel please email jtweite@sparkrochestermn.org.

Participant Behavior

We place a high value on creating a fun and engaging learning environment for ALL of our campers. If behavior issues occur, instructors will redirect the camper to the best of their ability. If their behavior continues, the camper will be removed from class and parents will be called. Education staff, parents and camper will work together to create a behavior plan so the camper can return to planned activities. If these are not met, camper may be sent home for the day. If at any time the safety of our staff, instructors, campers, or property is at risk, the camper will be removed from class immediately, sent home and possibly unable to return to camp. Refunds will not be issued if your child is sent home and/or unable to return to camp.

NOTE: Because of our 6:1 camper to staff ratio, we are not able to provide the kind of one-on-one support that some students receive at school. If your child would benefit from this type of support, we are happy to have your child’s PCAs or other adult helpers join them at camp. To arrange specific accommodations, it’s best to contact us ahead of time so that we can work together to ensure a successful camp experience.

 

Registration

By clinking the "Register" button below you will be able to register your child for 1 or more SPARKAMPs. After registering your child you will receive a confirmation email containing an additional Registration Information form link. We ask that you complete this form immediately after registering. 

If you sign your child up to attend camp all day (both AM and PM session):

 

For children signed up for both a morning and afternoon session of camp the same week, SPARK will provide care during the in between hour. Children will eat lunch during this time and explore the museum. 

 

Lunch

For children enrolled in morning and afternoon camp sessions, each camper must bring their own lunch.

A refrigerator will be available at SPARK if needed. Snacks will be provided.

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