The University Club is known for its incredible summer program, Camp U Club. Camp U Club combines educational, cultural, and recreational activities for children to explore and develop new skills and hone existing talents. Read below for an idea of what your children will enjoy this summer:
When: Monday through Friday (8:00am -12:00pm)
June 2017 through August 2017 (10 weeks)
Ages: 5 to 15 years
**Campers must have completed kindergarten to attend camp without adult supervision on property during camp hours.
Swim and Dive Program
All children between the ages of 5 and 15 are eligible to join the University Club's swimming and/or diving team. The Swim team at the club is centered on the development of technique for the four competitive strokes: Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly. The Dive team is focused on learning the basics of diving.
During the summer, the Swim and Dive teams will compete against teams from other clubs in the St. Paul area. Emphasis is put on participation and competition. Our coaching staff is a mix of veteran coaches and past high school and college swimmers and divers.
The University Club's dive team will practice at the Highland Aquatic Center located at 1840 Edgcumbe Rd, St. Paul, MN 55116. The team practices on Monday evenings at 7:35 p.m. Diving practice begins on Monday, June 12th.
All Campers may enroll in the University Club’s tennis camp to enhance their skills and technique. Our coaches focus on the basic tennis strokes as well as game strategy and always emphasize the importance of having fun.
Arts and Crafts Program
The Arts and Crafts Program provides a variety of fun and educational events throughout the summer, infusing the arts into core curricular subject matter such as science, history, language, culture, and mathematics. The Arts and Crafts Program is headed up by students or graduates majoring in a Teaching Artist Program, all of whom have at least two years of experience teaching in local public schools, community centers, or inner-city youth programs.
A new kind of kinetic journalism curriculum for kids who like to move, create, connect, collaborate and communicate stories. Communicating in words, pictures, comics, Sudoku, maps and more, the news staff earns its aerobic name by walking everywhere—even moving while writing, drawing, and mapping. For the U Club, we will walk the storied Summit Avenue neighborhood of the University Club to publish kid-authored print and digital newspapers. To visit the official website, click here.
Back by popular demand! Boot Camp is geared for children 11 years and older and is a great way to bring fun and fitness together. A certified trainer from SPAC will meet one morning a week with the Campers. Children will improve their physical fitness, meet new friends and enjoy the Summit Avenue neighborhood.
Campers will discover the fun of pounding a pail and Camper will learn basic drumming techniques and create a piece to perform at the annual Camp U Club talent show on August 12th.
Campers will need to purchase drum sticks (buckets will be provided)
Camp U Club “Gives Back”
Campers will have the opportunity to share their talent and skills with other members of our community. The University Club is planning several fun volunteer opportunities that will give our younger members and insight to the community they live in and teach them ways they can help others in need.
The elective hour is an opportunity for campers to explore their own interests and personalize their summer camp experience. Campers can sign up to learn Spanish, ukulele, pickle drumming, croquet, knitting, Science Suitcase which will meet weekly or simply make daily choices for the rotating list of explorations planned by the Camp U Club counselors(gardening, computer programming, crafting, just a few of the options that will be available.)
Science Suitcase is a set of 10 hands-on, minds-on dynamic, engaging science lessons created by The Story Laboratory, LLC, a national award-winning science curriculum design company based in St. Paul and officing in the University Club. Known for using authentic materials and methods to help the youngest learners pursue genuine—and genuinely interesting!—research questions typically not undertaken until college, Science Suitcase® emphasizes questions over answers, and leads kids to creatively collaborate by using all their senses and learning styles to explain, understand and intelligently communicate the world around them.
Spanish is a beautiful, historic language with over 500 million speakers worldwide. It is one of the easier languages for English speakers to learn due to both languages' shared Latin roots. Camp U Club will offer interactive Spanish classes to all interested Campers.
Summer Fun Field Trips
We listened and Summer Field trips have returned for 2017! Campers have the opportunity to add additional programming and activities to their summer camp experience. Field trips are purchased separate from the Camp U Club fee with the exception of Fort Snelling State Park which is include in the fee.
Field trips will be charged to the members account on Monday at noon the week with field trips departing on Friday. No refunds will be issued if a members cancels after their account has been charged.
Field Trips opportunities will open to members not enrolled in Camp U Club on May 1st. Members not enrolled in Camp U Club will be charged an additional $10.00 per field trip and will be charged 50% of the field trip fee to hold their reservation. This reservation fee in not refundable.
STOUT’S ISLAND LODGE CAMPING TRIP
June 19th - June 21st
The club's younger demographic is invited on the very popular camping trip to Stout's Island Lodge (www.stoutsislandlodge.com). With their sleeping bags, tents, fishing poles, and bug spray, the kids and their chaperones head off for a three-day camping trip on the private rustic island. It’s the best way to start your summer and get to know new and old friends.
A newer addition to Camp U Club is a wonderful children’s and kitchen vegetable garden with guidance and planning provided by a master gardener from Frattellones. The garden is an interactive experience, and allows everyone to take pride in the bountiful harvest we will enjoy during the summer months. The Summer Garden will be planted by U Club families during our May Hands on Sunday (provide link here) and tended to over the summer by the Campers.
No prior ukulele experience necessary! We can’t wait to hear the music floating through the Club’s backyard. Camp U Club will incorporate lesson times into the camp’s weekly hours so everyone has a chance to participate. Campers will have the opportunity to share their newly acquired talents during the End of Summer Talent Show.