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Summer Camps

Summer camps have a tremendous impact on young people. Having a chance to spend quality time with our young adult staff leaves a lasting imprint on campers. It allows them time to develop character strengths and social-emotional skills necessary to their future success. We strive to bring out the best in every child by filling their days with meaningful experiences and fun.

Spend the summer at one of our great camps right in your neighborhood! Take part in science, nature exploration, arts and crafts, games, literacy, active play and more. At camp we take time to hang out with old and new friends. Weekly themes add to the fun. Deadline to register is May 31.

Why are we here?

Since 1965, the Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks Department has provided the best parks, facilities, and programs for our residents. We are passionate about the impact recreation has on learning and quality of life. Summer camp is a great way to get outside, try new things, and have a lot of fun!

Who comes to camp?

Our summer camps are for kids entering Kindergarten through 7th grade who love to be outside, work together, and have fun. We also have specialty programs for preschoolers aged 3.5 to 5 and teens ages 13 to 15.

When is camp open?

Our camps are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 through August 15, 2019 (no regular camp July 1 to 4). We do have flexible scheduling options that allow families to choose their camp schedule for the summer.

Where is each summer camp located?

Camp CAC: Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Camp Monroe: Monroe School Park Activity Building, 700 Meadowwood Drive

Camp Northwoods: Northwoods Park Activity Building, 7600 107th Ave. N.

Camp Willowstone: Willowstone Park Activity Building, 1909 95th Ave. N.

What will my child do at camp?

Time Activity
8:00 to 8:45 a.m. Check in and quiet games/playground
8:45 to 9:00 a.m. Song circle: all camp sing along!
9:00 to 9:15 a.m. Morning meeting: meet with group to talk through the day. 
9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Activity block: staff plans games, activities, and events.
11:15 to 11:30 a.m. Morning check out
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch break
12:30 to 12:45 p.m. After check in, song circle, afternoon meeting
12:45 to 2:15 p.m. Activity block: staff plans games, activities, and events.
2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Snack. Community: camp clean up or community service project. Reflection: debrief and talk about the day
2:45 to 3:15 p.m. Choice time: campers can self-select which activity they would like to do
3:15 to 3:30 p.m. Reading
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Big game: the whole camp plays a Big Game together like Trench, 4 Corners, Quidditch, etc.
4:30 to 5:00 p.m. Chill out and check out

We have different themes each week that enhance our activity options!

Important things to know about summer camp

  • Kids must be 5 years old and entering kindergarten by September 1, 2019 to participate. Please note: we are active at camp all day and do not have a rest period for younger children.
  • Campers attending all day will have supervised lunch hour and will need to bring a lunch and snack daily.
  • Children attending in the afternoon need to bring a snack each day.

Registration for 2019

Registration for 2019 will open in January. Deadline to register is May 31.

Summer Camp Questions

Questions & Answers

What should my child bring to Camp?

Please dress for the weather and wear clothes that can get dirty! Everyone should have sunscreen and water each day. Campers attending all day will have supervised lunch hour and will need to bring a lunch and snack daily. Children attending in the afternoon need to bring a snack each day.

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What are your staff to child ratios?

Preschool 1:6
Kindergarten to 2nd grade 1:8
3 to 9th grade 1:10

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What field trips do you go on?

Our camp community is spread out across four locations. We plan field trips around all-camp events that allow us to gather at different camp locations. Our 6th and 7th grade campers will join our Teens on 2 off-site field trips in the summer. Our 8th and 9th graders go on several off-site field trips.

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Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

You drop off and pick up your child at the park building located at each camp. Our staff will direct parents to check-in/out.

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What paperwork do I need to complete by the first day of camp?

Each family will receive a handbook and packet of forms that need to be completed and returned on the first day of camp. These include:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Camper Information Form
  • Permission Slip

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What if the weather is bad?

We will still go outside on cold, rainy, or very hot days. We adjust our daily activity schedule for inclement weather. In the case of severe weather, we shelter inside the Community Activity Center or our park buildings. We have never cancelled regular camp due to bad weather.

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Are all of your staff trained and background checked?

Yes! We do several hours of training with both new and returning staff each summer. All of our staff are background checked through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) each year.

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How do you decide what groups the kids will be in?

We group kids together based on age. If we have kids that are close to the age cut off, we will consider the preference of the child and their family when placing them in a group.

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Do you have before and after care?

We are not able to offer before and after care. In order to keep our daily fees low and offer a quality program, we are not able to have camp open more than 36 hours per week. Longer hours means more staff time, which would dramatically increase fees.

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How will camp communicate with families during the summer?

We will send out a weekly newsletter, post on Facebook, and send out information via the Remind smartphone app.

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Why aren’t cell phones allowed at camp?

We have phones installed at each of our camp if there is an emergency and you need to communicate with your child. We do not allow cell phones at camp to give kids a time to explore the real world around them, build relationships with others, practice patience, and use valuable leadership skills. Cell phones are a big distraction and disrupt daily camp life.

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Can't find what you are looking for?

Contact us

Community Activity Center (Recreation and Parks Department)

5600 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to the Community Activity Center

September through May office hours

Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

June through August office hours

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, closed unless we have a scheduled event or activity.

Hours may vary based on events, activities and holidays.

Phone and email

Jen Gillard
763-315-8459
Email Jen Gillard

 
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