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Summer Camp Directory 2015

02/25/2015 08:40PM ● By Hood Magazine

Photo courtesy of YMCA

There are many camps available for kids with different interests and ability levels. From music, to sports, to art and music, there is something available for everyone! We hope you enjoy browsing the different camp options available across the area and hope you find the perfect fit for your family.


Name of Organization: Apple Tree Children’s Centers


Name of Camp:

Date(s) &Time(s): May 18 – August 17 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Ages: 5-12 Years

Prices: $152 (discount for multiple children)

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-759-6040

Description of Camp: Our focus is making out of school time fun and enriching for your child. We offer a summer full of outdoor activities, field trips and hands-on projects that will stimulate campers’ imaginations while maintaining their educational focus. Some of our camp themes this year include: Get Your Game On – Sports and board games, Is it Magic or Science? – working with household items creating magical science, Horses and Cowboys and Cacti – OH MY – exploring South Dakota’s History and Traditions, and Let’s Cook Up a Mess – Cooking Science and Math. Give us a call; come and tour. See what we have to offer.


Name of Organization: Augustana College


Name of Camp: Augustana Summer Music Camp

Date(s) &Time(s):  June 7 - 12, 2015    All day/residential

Ages: Entering 7 – 12 graders

Price: $390 (resident) $300 (commuters)

Locations: Sioux Falls, SD             

Phone Number: 605-274-5458 (Dr. Paul Schilf, camp director)

Description of Camps: Join your friends (both old and ones you'll soon make) at the Augustana Summer Music Camp, you'll find the finest in musical instruction, performance opportunities and fun for six days. Make one of our residence halls your home for the week, enjoy dining in our Morrison Commons, swim in our pool, dance in our hallways, dabble with an instrument you've always wanted to play, and make beautiful music while creating lasting memories!


Name of Organization: Autism Society of the Black Hills (ASBH)


Name of Camp: Exploring Sports and Nature Camp

Date(s) & Time(s):  2 Sessions per week June through July, 2 hours per session                                                

Ages: 7-14

Price: $10 per week, scholarships available

Location:  Varies parks in Rapid City and the Galena Ghost Town

Phone Number: 605-415-3739 or 605-721-5533, ask for Dennis
Description of camp: The Exploring Sports and Nature program is intended to engage children with an autism spectrum disorder who tend to avoid physical activities, especially in group settings. Due to the nature of their disorder, we want to give these children the opportunity to have fun with others in an active environment while learning social skills. Counselors are special ed teachers and school psychologists. Activities include: fishing, GPS navigation, rock climbing, golf, tennis, swimming, wall climbing, flag football, frisbee golf, hiking, horseshoes, outdoor safety, art, nature education and Black Hills history education. 



Name of Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire


Name of Camp: The Club

Date(s) &Time(s): Year round

Ages: 6 -18

Price: $25 annually

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-275-1009

Description of Camp: The Boys & Girls Club serves children first grade through age 18 with quality programming and activities. Programming is based on five core areas: Character and Leadership, Career and Education, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, Sports, Fitness and Education. In addition, all members are able to receive music education at the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy. Club summer hours are 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Summer lunch program available.



Name of Organization: Brennan Rock & Roll Academy


Name of Camp: Brennan Rock & Roll Academy Summer Camps

Date(s) &Time(s): Varies

Ages: 6 to 18

Price: Varies

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-809-3509

Description of Camp: Head to camp this summer at the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy. We have camps for beginners, intermediate and advanced musicians ages 6 to 18. Head to www.BRRA.Rocks for camp dates, descriptions and to download your application today!


Name of Organization: Camp High Hopes


Name of Camp: Camp High Hopes

Date(s) &Time(s): Varies by season

Ages: 6+

Price: $598

Location: Sioux City, IA

Phone Number: 712-224-2267

Description of Camp: Camp High Hopes provides fun, safe, and adaptive recreational experiences for children, teens, and adults with disabilities.  From canoeing to archery to arts & crafts to climbing, Camp High Hopes focuses on the of each camper to provide universal access to all activities in an environment that is safe and camper focused. At Camp High Hopes is truly a place Where Smiles Happen and challenges are overcome.


Name of Organization: Catfish Bay Water Ski Park


Name of Camp: Camp OnAqua

Date(s) & Time(s) June 22 – 26, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ages: 8-13

Price: $335

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-339-0911
Description of Camp: The camp gives kids the opportunity to experience water recreation in a fun and safe learning environment. Includes water skiing, fishing, canoeing, tubing, swimming and more.



Name of Organization: Central Baptist Preschool & Kindergarten


Name of Camp: Summer Fun

Date(s) &Time(s): Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Ages: 3-6 (MUST be potty trained)
Price: Call for pricing
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Phone Number: 605-336-2303
Description of Camp: Children who attend Summer Fun will explore summer-related subjects, such as the beach, fishing, bugs, BBQ's, watermelon and ice cream! They will also enjoy exciting learning centers, sing-along time and Bible lessons.


Name of Organization:  Children’s Museum of South Dakota
Name of Camp: Varies
Date(s) & Time(s): Varies
Ages: 2-12
Price: Varies
Location: Brookings, SD
Phone Number: 605-692-6700 x 0
Description of Camp: Art. Science. Explorers. Music. Culture. And much more! There is something fun for everyone this summer. Camps range from one day to multiple days. See full descriptions at


Name of Organization: EmBe


Name of Camp: Em-BeAwesome this summer!

Dates & Times: May 18 -  August 14 6 a.m. -  6 p.m.

Ages: 3.5 – 8th grade

Price: Multiple rates based on camps.  Child discounts and scholarship rates are available.
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Phone Number: 605-336-3660 or 605-362-9438
Description of Camp: 13 weeks of summer care camp – pick one week or all 13 weeks; or a variety of shorter camps to choose from. EmBe Summer Care offers weekly themes, swimming, field trips and many other fun stops. Camp CEO is for middle-school aged girls to learn leadership and goal-setting. The Babysitting Bootcamp offers classroom learning as well as on-site practice in the EmBe Childcare Center. 

Name of Organization: Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History


Name of Camp: ZooCamp

Date(s) &Time(s): June 1 – August 7

Ages: 4-11
Price: Prices start at $30 and vary for each camp. See website for details.

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-367-8313
Description of Camp: Get ready for a summer camp experience your child will never forget. With half-day and whole day theme camps, summer ZooCamp has an adventure waiting for everyone! Each camp is customized, but all include games, songs, crafts, snacks, train or carrousel rides, tours of the zoo and animal encounters. Kids also receive a free t-shirt. Register today!



Name of Organization: Inspiration Hills


Name of Camp: Inspiration Hills Summer Camps

Date(s) & Time(s): Weekly resident and day camps June 8 – July 31

Ages: 1st – 4th grade day camps, 3rd – 12th grade week camps, All ages Family camps

Price: $165 - $450

Location: Inwood, IA

Phone Number: 712-986-5193

Description of Camp: Experience the best week of your summer with Christian camping in a variety of settings. Air Conditioned Lodge Camps, Roughing it Wilderness Camps, Saddle Up Horse Camps, Sports Camps, Take Me Fishing Camp, High School Leadership camps, Day Camps, Grandparent/Grandchild Camp, and so much more!


Name of Organization: Institute of Design & Technology of SD


Name of Camp: Project Design: Boot Camp

Date(s) &Time(s):  2-Day & 5-Day Sessions, 9:00/9:30 a.m. – 4:00/4:30 p.m.                                                        

Ages: 9-17

Price: $295.00 – $695.00 (including all project expenses, supplies, meals)
Small class sizes for specialized attention (classes fill quickly)
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Phone Number: 605-275-9728
Description of Camp: Boot Camp was developed by The Institute of Design & Technology to explore creative career options. IDTSD is an early pioneer in project-based learning for career development for artistic students preparing for design careers. Future entrepreneurs are mentored by design professionals for creative thinking and exploration of visual design solutions. Participation requires a recommendation from teacher or counselor.


Name of Organization: Invent Now, Inc.


Name of Camp: Camp Invention

Date(s) &Time(s): Varies

Ages: 6-11

Price: $200
Location: Sioux Falls, SD and surrounding area
Phone Number: 800-968-4332
Description of Camp: Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next BIG thing! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for children entering grades 1-6. Camp Invention gives boys and girls the opportunity to investigate circuits, disassemble household appliances and much more! As kids dream, build and make discoveries, they will have a chance to examine science and technology concepts during team-building exercises.


Name of Organization: Kids Inc


Name of Camp: Summer Academic Enrichment Program 

Date(s) & Time(s):  May 26-July 31 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ages: K-5

Price: $120/week (Reduced fees based on school lunch rate); $25 per family registration fee.)

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-367-4424

Description of camp: Awesome summer day program that runs daily. Each site will focus on state content and common core standards in all academic areas as they plan and implement student activities related to the theme. Weekly fee includes: hot lunch, snack, weekly field trips, swimming 2-3 days per week and a summer t-shirt. Only additional cost is to purchase a swim pass or send money for each swimming day. Choose as many, or as few sessions as you would like. Registration deadline is May 1. 


Name of Organization: LifeScape


Name of Camp: LifeScape Summer Camps

Date(s) &Time(s): TBA

Ages: Varies

Price: Varies, some medical-based camps are covered by insurance

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-444-9700

Description of Camp: Our skill-building camps give kids of all abilities a boost with handwriting, speech and language, and social skills. We also offer medical-based camps that may be covered by insurance: Breakfast Club, for picky eaters or those with swallowing challenges; Augmentative and Alternative Communication Camp, for children with limited verbal ability; Power Mobility, for kids exploring the use of power wheelchairs; and Helping Hands, for children with limited use of one arm.


Name of Organization: Little Tykes University


Name of Camp: Little Tykes University Summer Preschool Program
Date(s) & Time(s): Beginning May 18th– August 14th; Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ages: 2 ½ to 6 years of age

Price: $125 Weekly

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-906-0363
Description of Camp: Children forget a large portion of what they learn throughout the school year during the summer months.  Avoid the summer slide and enroll in the Little Tykes University Summer Preschool Program!  Our summer program includes a preschool curriculum, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and a weekly field trip.  Lunch and snack will be included.



Name of Organization: LSS at Here4Youth


Name of Camp: Learning is Fun for Everyone

Date(s) &Time(s): ): Monday through Friday all Summer 6:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                                  

Ages: 3 - 21

Prices: $195 per week. Family Support and Childcare Assistance accepted

Phone Number: 605-271-6327

Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Description of Camp: Here4Youth Summer is for all children while specializing in quality services to those with disabilities. With a 1:5 staff to student ratio, LSS is able to meet the needs of students ages 3 to 21 that may not be successful in other settings. Here4Youth offers a large recreational room, outdoor play, sensory room and many classrooms. Our exciting summer program with weekly themes offers students fun and enriching experiences, pool visits and exciting field trips.


Name of Organization: LSS After-School and Summer Programs


Name of Camp: Learning is Fun!

Date(s) &Time(s): Monday through Friday all Summer 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                                  

Ages: 5-12

Prices: $88 to $110 per week. Financial assistance available

Location: Multiple locations in Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-371-8770
Description of Camp: Our unique and exciting summer program offers school age students fun and enriching experiences. The children keep learning and preparing for the next school year in ways that are hands-on and child-friendly. Weekly themes and exciting field trips to frame learning. Three weekly pool trips and weekly trips to the library in addition to the 'big adventure' of each week keep children enjoying their summer. This year’s themes: Spectacular Science, Animal Kingdom, Time Travelers, etc.


Name of Organization: Museum of Visual Materials        


Name of Camp: Museum of Visual Materials Summer Camp

Date(s) & Time(s): June & July 2015 –between the hours of 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; M-F

Ages: 5-17

Price: $10 - $45

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-271-9500

Description of Camp: Join the fun at the MoVM this summer! We will be having weeklong classes and other classes once a week. We have a variety of fun activities that will be sure to spark an interest in your child. We will have creative writing, pottery, painting, building, drawing and DIY Class this summer. Our goal is to have an educational and creative experience for your child.


Name of Organization: Rainbow Bible Ranch


Name of Camp: Little Ranchers, Ranch Camp, Legacy 1, Legacy 2

Date(s) & Time(s): Varies

Ages: 6-18

Price: Varies

Location: Sturgis, SD

Phone Number: 605-923-6056

Description of Camp: Rainbow Bible Ranch is located on a real, family-operated  cattle and Quarter Horse ranch in western South Dakota.  Not a dude ranch, it gives young people a real-life experience in the agricultural lifestyle.  Ride the range each day on a dependable mount, help with chores, eat good home cookin', take a dip in the ol' swimmin' hole, ride the zipline, hunt for fossils, teach a colt to lead -- all in a beautiful setting.

Name of Organization: Sanford Children’s
Website: (Key Word – Summer Camps)
Name of Camp: Sanford Children’s 2015 Camps
Date(s) & Time(s): Varies based on camp
Ages: Varies, pre-registration required. Check website for more details.
Price: Varies, scholarships are available
Location: Varies, pre-registration required
Phone Number: 605- 328-7157
Description of Camp: Sanford Children’s hosts many camps for children with a specific challenge or illness including asthma, cancer, healthy eating habits and Spina Bifida. The camps feature a wide variety of activities ranging from outdoor activities like boating, swimming and games to indoor activities such as art and music.

Name of Organization: Sanford Pentagon


Name of Camp: Sanford Pentagon Basketball and Volleyball Camps

Date(s) & Time(s):  Varies, multiple camps throughout the summer                    

Ages: Elementary through high school

Price: Varies

Location:  Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-312-7900
Description of camp:  The Sanford Pentagon Basketball and Volleyball Academies offer a variety of camps and clinics throughout the entire summer. Whether you are just a beginner or you are trying to perfect your skills the Sanford Pentagon is the place for you. Visit the website for a complete listing of camps and instruction available.  


Name of Organization: Singing Boys of Sioux Falls


Name of Camp: Boys Sing Camp 2015!

Date(s) &Time(s): June 9-12  9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.                                               

Ages: 8-13

Price: $90

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-789-1524

Description of Camp (75 words or less):  Boys Sing Camp 2015! is an exciting 4 days of singing and activities for boys ages 8-13. Participants prepare music for the Boys Sing Tour and their final performance on Friday, tailgate and sing the National Anthem at a Canaries Baseball game, and participate in swimming and other fun activities. The camp is sponsored by the Singing Boys of Sioux Falls.  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.


Name of Organization: Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Achievement Academy


Name of Camp: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic

Date(s) &Time(s): June, July        

Ages: K-6th Grade

Price: $450 ($50 assessment fee for non-SFCS students)

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-271-0133

Description of Camp (75 words or less):  This camp is designed to improve learning skills in Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Programming is research-based and is specific to individual needs with less than a 4:1 student/teacher ratio. Registration deadline is March 30.


Name of Organization: Sioux Falls Lutheran School


Name of Camp: Absolutely Outstanding Kids (AOK)

Date(s) &Time(s): Preschool May 11 - Aug 21 K-8 May 18 – Aug 2                                                         

Ages: Preschool – 8th grade

Price: $3.10 / hour  + one time registration fee
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Phone Number: 605-335-1923
Description of Camp: It is time to register for our Summer A-OK Program at SFLS! We have three age group programs that run through the summer. Our hours of operation are 7:00am - 6:00pm, Monday – Friday. You may use the program one to five days a week, full or half days. Because trips are planned to parks, swimming, and field trips, we encourage you to use A-OK by the half or whole day to ensure that your child is included in these trips.


Name of Organization: Soccer Sprouts


Name of Camp: Soccer Season

Date(s) & Time(s):  May 4 – June 27 and July 6 – August 29

Ages: 3-8

Price: $60 per session

Location:  Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-929-4683
Description of camp: Soccer Sprouts is a program that will not only help children learn the basic fundamentals of soccer, but will also develop their gross and fine motor skills for physical activity and play. We encourage our players to be creative, get healthy exercise and build their confidence, while learning new skills. At Soccer Sprouts, we believe children learn by playing, and we strive to provide them with a solid foundation to enjoy soccer for many years to come.


Name of Organization: South Dakota Fellowship of Christian Athletes


Name of Camp: All Sport All Summer Camp

Date(s) &Time(s): May 26 - August 7 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.                                

Ages: 1st – 7th grade

Price: $100-$125/week

Location: Linwood Wesleyan Church (Sioux Falls, SD) & Assembly of God (Brandon, SD)

Phone Number: 605-335-7555

Description of Camp: All Sport All Summer Camp is a series of weekly camps for boys and girls staffed by FCA College Athletes. They will be teaching a variety of sports skills and fundamentals along with daily devotionals, sportsmanship and character building. Each week will have one sports theme but we will still provide a variety of other sports throughout the week.


Name of Organization: Sylvan Learning of Sioux Falls


Name of Camp: Game Design 101

Date(s) & Time(s): May 18 -  June 29 Mondays 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
May 20 -  July 1 Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
July 10 - -August 14 Fridays 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 9-12 (Grades 3-5)
Price: $199
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Phone Number: 605-362-4885
Description of Camp: Want to add some energy to your extracurricular routine? Don’t miss game design (coding for kids. Our new STEM courses for grades 3-5. Our cutting-edge classes are perfect for kids who have great imaginations, like figuring out how things work, or simply love technology. In our new game design courses, your son or daughter will have a blast creating video games and animated stories. And you won’t even have to mention all the skills he, or she is learning along the way: basic coding, problem solving, logic, physics and more.


Name of Organization: Sylvan Learning of Sioux Falls


Name of Camp: Robotics 101

Date(s) & Time(s): May 18 -  June 29 Mondays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

May 20 – July 1 Wednesdays 1:30 p.m. – 2: 30 p.m.

July 8 – August 12 Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ages: 6-10 (Grades 1-4)

Price: $149

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-362-4885

Description of Camps: An introduction to robotics and programming skills using LEGO®. In each robotics class, your child and a buddy work together to plan and build a new robot using LEGO® bricks, learning science and engineering concepts along the way. As their robot takes shape, students experiment with LEGO® Education’s award-winning WeDo™ software to program and problem solve new ways to animate their “bots.” Then the energy levels (and smiles) really reach a high point, as the kids challenge other teams to friendly competitions and games. At the end of each robotics class, your child enjoys a wrap-up activity to reinforce STEM skills he or she learned in class. Don’t worry, you’ll hear all about it at home!



Name of Organization: Washington Pavilion


Name of Camp: Washington Pavilion Summer Camps

Date(s) &Time(s): May 18 - August 7               

Ages: 3-18 (3-5, 6-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18)

Price: $60-$325 / $54-$292.50 members (+ tax)

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-367-6000

Description of Camp: Experience hands-on learning that incorporates all the fantastic opportunities that the Washington Pavilion has to offer in visual arts, performing arts and science! Your kids will continue learning, creating, and exploring through the summer in our fun, safe environment. Utilizing the unique talents of our teaching staff we create unforgettable summer memories for students of all ages. All Pavilion camps offer a low student to teacher ratio to maintain quality instruction.


Name of Organization: Wings Gymnastics Academy


Name of Camp: Wings Gymnastics Camps

Date(s) & Time(s):  Week long camps May 26 – August 14

Ages: K and Up

Price: Varies

Location:  Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-789-9981

Description of camp: Wings Summer Camp is a great mix of gymnastics and other great summer learning activities. We will have structured gymnastics instruction every day along with other activities such as crafts, experiments, and games to go along with our weekly themes! Sign up for 1 day, 1 week, or all summer!


Name of Organization:   YMCA


Name of Camp: YMCA Camping Program

Date(s) &Time(s): Varies

Ages: 4-15

Price: $166-$391/two week camp

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-336-3190

Description of Camp: The YMCA camping program is dedicated to developing in children a personal standard of living which is implemented by promoting spiritual, mental, and physical development of each individual to the best of their potential. We strive to instill a sense of responsibility for the common good, a reverence toward nature, and understanding of the Golden Rule and the part it plays in human relationships.


Name of Organization: Youth Enrichment Services


Name of Camp:
Date(s) & Time(s): May – August, Superhero Summer 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Immersion Camps 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Ages: Kindergarten – 5th Grade
Price: Varies
Location: Sioux Falls, Brandon or Harrisburg, SD
Phone Number: 605-338-8061
Description of Camp: Be a SUPERHERO and fight summer learning loss at our Superhero Summer Camps! We will blend reading, science and math activities with fun field trips and afternoons at the pool. Put on your capes and learn about all kinds of superheroes, real and fictional. New this year! Immersion Camps will transport kids to another world through dramatic play and hands on discovery.



2015 Summer Camp Directory