Session Dates and Age Groups

4-Day MiniCamp for ages 6-10

  • Fee: $395 (sliding scale fee rates available as needed)

  • August 3 – 6

  • Transportation provided

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Are you ready to be a daring Camp Bovey camper and explore nature, learn about what lives in our pond, make crafts with new friends, sing silly songs, and try lots of new things? If so, this week is for you!!

This minicamp week is designed to introduce our youngest campers to the pure joy of being at summer camp surrounded by caring, fun adults. Educational programs, games, and stories are developmentally suited for this age group.

Campers will learn about animals, life cycles, conservation, being safe around the water, and outdoor skills, like hiking, archery, and eating over an open fire.

Our ratios of adult staff to campers for this age group are 1:8 in cabins and during land activities; 1:5 in the water.

5-Day Camps for ages 8-12

  • Fee: $495 (sliding scale fee rates available as needed)

  • Transportation provided

  • June 29 – July 3

  • July 6 – 10

  • July 13 – 17

  • August 10 – 14

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With days full of games, new friends, great food, fun songs, and new experiences, a week at camp is the ultimate summer vacation for your child! Campers get to explore the 200-acre campground, canoe and fish in our private lake, swim every day, and learn about how to become a better environmental steward of our natural resources.

Activities include daily outdoor science and camping skill programming, as well as choice activities such as nature arts, archery, group games, canoeing, fishing, and overnight camping.

Our ratios of adult staff to campers for this age group is 1:10 in cabins and during land activities; 1:5 in the water.

8-Day Teen Adventure Week for ages 13-16

  • Fee: $795 (sliding scale fee rates available as needed) 

  • Transportation provided

  • July 20 – 28

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Teen Adventure Week begins with activities on site at Camp Bovey with structured outdoor learning activities designed to help teens create strong connections with their peers. Teens will learn about outdoor land and water safety and low impact camping, while having ample room for choice activities like nature journaling, canoeing, target sports, ecosystems, ecology, fishing, and recycled art.

However, this is a week full of adventure for the most daring teens, so we won’t stay at camp the whole time! Teens will have optional day hikes to the Superior Hiking Trail and North Country Scenic Trail where they can try new activities like trailrunning, or may just enjoy a more leisurely stroll along the hilltops overlooking the beautiful northwest before getting to spend an afternoon at Lake Superior.

Evening activities are structured to give teens many opportunities to have fun with their peers while still learning about nature, expanding their self-confidence, and being a team player.

Before departing on a 3-day exhibition to the Apostle Islands with the entire camp community, teens will get to showcase their outdoor skills and teamwork in the Bovey Olympics. Night hikes, beach BBQs, evening dances, talent shows, and tons of great food will keep your teen happily having fun without the assistance of any form electronic device!

Our ratios of adult staff to campers for this age group is 1:12 in cabins and during land activities; 1:5 in the water.

Campers do not need to self-identify as “athletic” or “adventurous” for this week, but should be ready to challenge themselves to try something new during the week.

Sample Schedule

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Campers’ days are filled with exploration, intentional educational programming, and traditional camp activities like archery, canoeing, camping, and arts. Here is a sample schedule:

  • 7:15 am Optional Early Bird Activities (swimming, hiking, yoga…)

  • 8:30 am Breakfast

  • 9:30 am Community Stewardship

  • 10:30 am Environmental Education

  • 11:30 am Outdoor Rec/Camping Skillbuilding

  • 12:30 pm Lunch

  • 1:30 pm Downtime

  • 2:30 pm Free Swim

  • 4:30 pm Snack

  • 5:00 pm Choice Activity Period

  • 6:00 pm Dinner

  • 7:00 pm Cabin Activity

  • 8:00 pm All Camp Event

  • 9:00 pm Showers/Evening Snack

  • 10:00 pm Cabin Time

  • 11:00 pm Lights Out

Accomodations

Dietary Restrictions

We aim to accommodate a range of dietary restrictions and nutritional needs related to health needs or religious restrictions. However, due to the rustic nature of our kitchen, our food service is limited in the following ways:

  • We are not equipped to provide gluten free meals

  • We are not equipped to provide vegan meals. (We are able to navigate certain lactose sensitivities, e.g., soy milk replacement; cheese-free meals.)

Transgender Campers

We are committed to supporting your transgender child. We have no patience for anti-transgender attitudes or actions by other campers, families, or staff. Please see our FAQs [PDF] to read in depth about the ways in which we are able to help your trans child experience camp with equitable fun, joy, and dignity.

Mobility

Please refer to our FAQs [PDF] about our limitations around mobility, as well as suggestions for other local camps that do have more accessible outdoor options for ranging mobility needs.

Teen Leaders in Training

A smiling leader in training

Some of the most lasting relationships built at camp are between our teen leaders and the campers who look up to them. This upcoming summer, 12 teenagers who best model our camp values of Caring, Sharing, Curiosity, and Connection will be invited to join the Bovey team to make camp fun, encouraging, positive, and supportive for our campers.

Applications will open March 1st.

  • Ages 14-16 (must turn 14 by May 1, 2020)

  • Applications and letter of reference are due by June 1, 2020

  • Interviews held June 4 – 7

  • Leaders in Training (LITs) spend up to 3 camp sessions at Camp Bovey in program support roles and receive a 75% scholarship to Teen Adventure Week (July 20 – 28), a value of $595

  • No previous Camp Bovey experience is required, but alumni are strongly encouraged to apply!

Day Camp

August 24-27

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  • Mon – Thurs, 9am – 3pm

  • $54/camper

  • Ages 8-12

Pack a snack and a sack lunch!

Come explore natural mysteries of the north woods, like the secret connections between mushrooms and trees, or the history we can learn by inspecting lake mud. Each day, campers will also get to try a new activity, like archery, fishing, and canoeing.

Registration opens March 1, 2020.

Registration Support

If you need assistance with our online registration, please call 612-787-4030 and let the camp staff help you! We also have a full computer lab free and open to the public Monday – Friday that you can use.

Paper registration will be available for download February 1, 2020.

Sliding Scale Fees 

We provide sliding scale rates to make camp more affordable. No questions asked, no need to show tax information—if your family could use a camp scholarship, select the scholarship rate that fits you best!

4-Day MiniCamp (ages 6-10) 

  • Full Fee: $395

  • 30% Scholarship: $276

  • 50% Scholarship: $223

5-Day Camps (ages 8-12) 

  • Full Fee: $495

  • 30% Scholarship: $350

  • 50% Scholarship: $248

8-Day Teen Extreme (ages 13-16)

  • Full Fee: $795

  • 30% Scholarship: $556

  • 50% Scholarship: $376

FAQs

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