Although we are deep in the throes of winter, now is the time to start thinking about summer camps if it’s on the horizon for your kids this summer. The area’s most popular day camps fill up quickly, and some registration deadlines are soon approaching. We’ve collected information on some of the fastest-filling programs so you and your kids can be sure to claim your spots.
Camp Christmas Tree Horse Camp
Whether you’ve got a newbie equestrian or a seasoned pro, horse enthusiasts can experience the joy of riding at YCMA Camp Christmas Tree’s Horse Camp. From the introductory-level Colts program to Circle Y, an advanced two-week camp, Camp Christmas Tree offers something for any student entering grades 2–9. All campers are assigned their own horse, and instructors specially trained in horsemanship are there to ensure their experience is both safe and enjoyable. Registration opened earlier this month, so be sure to sign up soon, as spots fill up fast. Visit Camp Christmas Tree’s website to register and find additional information.
French Regional Park
There’s a huge variety of programs offered at French Regional Park this summer. The Paddle Palooza camp teaches kids ages 10-15 the ins and outs of all the best paddle-based activities: paddle-boarding, kayaking, log rolling and canoeing. Experienced fishers will love spending their days catching bass, pan fish, northern pike and walleye at the Extreme Fishing Camp, and budding outdoor enthusiasts can learn golf, archery, rock climbing and have fun on the lake at the Golf and Outdoors (Go) Camp. For younger campers, there’s Camptastic in which kids will try their hand at paddleboarding, slacklining and rock climbing. Make plenty of time for silly games. Registration for all programs starts January 23 and is open through two weeks prior to the first day of camp, but you won’t want to wait that long. You can go online this month for more details.
Wayzata Public Schools Community Education
Wayzata Public Schools Community Education offers an array of summer camps for students entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Each weekday from June 18–July 27, half-day programs will run both 9 a.m.–noon. and 1–4 p.m. Classes encompass a plethora of engaging topics including chess camp, video game design class, science and technology class and more. Online registration opens March 10.
Northern Breezes Sailing Camp
Northern Breezes offers camps for ages 8-18 throughout the summer at Medicine Lake for beginners to advanced students. Campers learn to skipper and crew a centerboard sailboat in light to moderate wind and sea conditions in familiar waters with supervision. They've also expanded the youth program to include keelboat sessions. This is an opportunity for older students, ages 14–18, to sail larger boats in the youth camp. Half day and full day options are available.
"The camp is so unique and empowering while learning safety around water, and respect for the elements around water. The camp counselors are passionate about sailing!" says Northern Breezes founder Captain Thom Burns.
Registration is currently open and there are early season discounts. Based on last summer, Burns recommends signing up by March for the most scheduling options.