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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, with the exception of our "Ready, Set, Lead!" camp, which will be a full day camp. 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 Spark@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

Camp for
Grades 6 - 8

For campers entering

6th - 8th grade

Ready, Set, Lead! Camp

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Camps for Grades 6-8 

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Morning Session  |  June 7th - 9th  
Ready, Set, Lead! Camp

 

Dates: June 7 - 9

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Times: 9am - 3pm

Grade: 6th - 8th

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

Registration Deadline: May 24, 2022

 

Led by:

Kristina Abbas, Extension Education, 4-H Youth Development, Olmsted County

What does it take to be a leader? Learn skills, tips, and tricks to help you master your leadership skills during this 3-day camp. Interested in growing your leadership skills and trying your hand at being a Day Camp counselor? Campers will participate in a variety of activities to grow their leadership and communication skills individually and as part of a team.

 

Upon completion of Leadership Camp we will ask your camper to return to SPARK later in the summer to put their leadership skills to work as a CIT (Counselor In Training) for one of our summer camps for 1st - 4th grade students. Details will be discussed with parents on the last day of camp. At the end of their CIT week, campers will receive a "Future Leader" certificate from SPARK's Executive Director.

 

Camps for Grades 3-4 

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June 20th - 23th  |  Morning Session
STEAM Studio 1  

 

Dates: June 20 - 23

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Times: 9am - 12pm

Grade: 3rd and 4th

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

Registration Deadline: June 6, 2022

 

Led by:

Kristina Abbas, Extension Education, 4-H Youth Development, Olmsted County

 

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!

June 20th - 23th  |  Afternoon Session
STEAM Studio 2 

Dates: June 20 - 23

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Times: 1 - 4pm

Grade: 3rd and 4th

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

Registration Deadline: June 6, 2022

 

Led by:

Kristina Abbas, Extension Education, 4-H Youth Development, Olmsted County

 

Explore the world of STEAM with 4H! Each day campers will dive into a science focus from CSI type forensic science to rockets where they will learn by doing through hands-on experiments. Campers will be invited to bring one of their projects to exhibit with 4-H at the Olmsted County Fair!

 
August 1st - 4th  |  Morning Session
Art Discovery Camp 

 

Dates: August 1 - 4

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time: 9am - 12pm

Grade: 3rd and 4th

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

Registration Deadline: July 18, 2022

 

Led by:

Local Artist Amy Krause 

 

Activate your inner artist! Dig deep into your creative side with a week full of art and creative activities. Students will explore different medians, artistic styles and showcase their work in a mini gallery show at SPARK at the end of the week. Campers will be required to bring their own smock to camp for the week. (A recycled adult size button up short sleeve shirt works great!) Some of the projects will be messy. 

August 1st - 4th  |  Afternoon Session
LEGO Challenge  

 

Dates: August 1 - 4

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time: 1 - 4pm

Grade: 3rd and 4th

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

Registration Deadline: July 18, 2022

 

Led by:

SPARK Staff 

 

Campers will build, test, and construct LEGO creations each day. From an amphibious vehicle, to the tallest structure, these challenges are meant to put campers' imaginations to the test. Each day will consist of LEGO challenges to work the brain and encourage teamwork and critical thinking.

 

This camp will be very LEGO intensive and recommended for LEGO enthusiasts!

 
 
 
 

Camps for Grades 1 - 2

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June 27th - 30th  |  Morning Session
Exploring Science 

Dates: June 27 - 30

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time:  9am - 12pm 

Grade: 1st and 2nd 

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

Registration Deadline: June 13, 2022

 

Led by:

Paola Viejo Campos

 

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.

 
June 27th - 30th  |  Afternoon Session
Discover Dinosaurs!

 

Dates: June 27 - 30

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time:  1pm - 4pm 

Grade: 1st and 2nd 

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

Registration Deadline: June 13, 2022

 

Led by:

SPARK Dinosaur Enthusiast 

Dive into the world of dinosaurs in this dynamite camp! Become a paleontologist for the week as you go on an expedition of learning. Campers will explore dinosaurs through hands-on activities, crafts and experiments.

 
 
 
July 18th-21st  |  Morning Session
CREATE! Camp  

 

Dates: July 18 - 21 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time: 9am - 12pm 

Grade: 1st and 2nd 

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

Registration Deadline: July 4, 2022

 

Led by:

Paola Viejo Campos

 

This fun week of camp is designed for children to explore different methods of creating art. Prepare to get dirty creating masterpieces and expressions through art as campers embark on artistic quests with different uses of paint, colors, and textures. 

This will be a very hands-on experience. Campers will be required to bring their own smock to camp for the week. (A recycled adult size button up short sleeve shirt works great!) Some of the projects will be messy. 

 
July 18th-21st  |  Afternoon Session
LEGO Builders - SOLD OUT!

 

Dates: July 18 - 21 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time: 1 - 4pm 

Grade: 1st and 2nd 

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

Registration Deadline: July 4, 2022

 

Led by:

Living Room Tutors 

 

Campers will exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by completing a different challenge each day of camp! The first three days of camp, campers will build their own creations, and on the last day campers will work together to compete for a prize. Each day, campers will watch a short presentation and brainstorm ideas to solve the challenge. Campers will then build their structures. At the end of each day, campers will test/present their structures and reflect with the group, comparing their creations.

 

This camp will be very LEGO intensive and recommended for LEGO enthusiasts.

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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.