2019 Summer Camp Information
Join us for good, old-fashioned summer fun at the Minnesota Waldorf School summer camp! Outdoor games, natural crafts, water play, gardening, and much more, all on our beautiful eight-acre campus.
5-Day/Wk Camp (MTuWThF)
8 am - 5 pm $304.00 per week
8 am - 3 pm $242.00 per week
4-Day/Wk Camp (MTuWTh)
8 am - 5 pm $252.00 per week
8 am - 3 pm $201.00 per week
3-Day/Wk Camp (MTuW)
8 am - 5 pm $191.00 per week
8 am - 3 pm $155.00 per week
An Old-Fashioned Summer Camp for the Young Child
Ages 3.5 to kindergarten in the fall
An Old-Fashioned Summer Camp for Older Children
First through sixth grade in the fall
Theme weeks (below) are for older children only. Each theme week is structured on a five-day week to provide ample time for children to relax, make friends, and immerse themselves in the themed activities. We are pleased to offer families the flexibility of three- and four-day registration options, but please note that campers registered for fewer than five days will likely need time at home to complete projects. The pricing structure reflects a discount for four- and five-day registrations to support families in taking advantage of as many days as possible. Check out the bonus activities on Fridays as well!
Week 1: Summertime Fun (June 17–June 21)
Start the summer off right! We’ll spend the week tie-dyeing and making friendship bracelets, and we’ll construct paper and wooden boats that really sail. The week will conclude with an old-fashioned picnic, complete with games, lemonade, and bubbles.
Week 2: Organic Gardening (June 24–June 28)
Learn all about organic gardening and plant your very own salad garden to take home! We’ll work on both our big vegetable garden and your own special garden. We’ll make beautiful garden signs as well as other functional decorations. Older children will help design and build garden structures like trellises, including miniature versions for their take-home gardens.
Week 3: Fairy Houses (July 1–July 5)
One of our favorite weeks! We’ll build wonderful fairy houses to hang on porches or in trees along with the furniture and fairies to go with them. Older children will create a fairy tea—making fairy tea sets, baking fairy cakes, and hosting a tea party at the end of the week. You never know who might show up for a fairy tea party!
Week 4: Puppet Play (July 8–July 12)
We’ll make our very own puppets and puppet theaters to take home. Older children will create a short puppet play to perform at the end of the week for parents. Watch out for a special guest this week!
Week 5: Makin' Toys (July 15–July 19)
Games and toys do not have to be bought. You can make them yourself and take them home! We’ll craft toys out of wood and other natural materials. We’ll make checkers and checkerboards as well as marble bags. Older children will design their own puzzle boxes. At the end of the week, we will play our handmade games!
Week 6: Flight (July 22–26)
This week we take to the skies. We’ll explore everything that flies. From whirligigs to butterflies, from kites to planes, from birds to water rockets! Everything we make will take flight. Older children will have the opportunity to see their creations in action and learn which ones fly the best.
Week 7: Outdoor Exploration (July 29–Aug 2)
Nothing is better in the summer than exploring the natural world. We’ll make walking sticks and slingshots, identify the plants and insects all around us, and just spend time outside. Our week will culminate with cooking our lunch over a campfire.
Week 8: Animal Homes (August 5–9)
Our northern land is home to all kinds of marvelous animals. Each day, we’ll examine a different animal from the water, air, and earth that is native to Minnesota. We’ll build a replica of its habitat and a model of the animal to take home. This week, we will also have a special guest.
Week 9: Fairy Houses (August 12–16)
One of our favorite weeks! We’ll build wonderful fairy houses to hang on porches or in trees along with the furniture and fairies to go with them. Older children will create a fairy tea—making fairy tea sets, baking fairy cakes, and hosting a tea party at the end of the week. You never know who might show up for a fairy tea!
Kristen Arnesen has been an early childhood teacher for over fifteen years. 2019 is her third year teaching summer camp and her second year leading the younger children’s camp. Kristen is a gardener, artist, and lover of the outdoors. Her child is a student at Minnesota Waldorf School.
Caitlin Reilly came to Minnesota Waldorf School after a long career in the performing arts. 2019 is her third year leading the older children’s camp and her second as a kindergarten assistant to Miss Eileen. A lover of all things outdoors, especially hiking and biking. Caitlin is a Waldorf parent, devoted home cook, and yogi. When she’s not at camp, she’s prowling the St. Paul farmers’ market or digging around in her own organic garden.