Non-scholarship applicants: Camp costs minus the processing fee will be refunded if the cancellation is received in writing by the individual deadline for each camp.
A partial refund will be considered after that based on special circumstances, at the discretion of the Camp Director. Full refund in the event camp is canceled.
Scholarship applicants: the processing fee will be refunded if the student is denied scholarship and cannot attend camp.
During the day hours, camp counselors and/or staff hired by the Minnesota State facility hosting the camp are assigned to students. Each group has approximately 15 to 20 students. For all camps, designated camp administrators are on duty to facilitate the activities and monitor the camp staff.
During those camps that go into the evening/overnight hours, evening counselors/staff lead fun social type activities. The hosting site hires these camp counselors. Camp administrator(s) are on duty and available.
Students have limited “free time,” as most of their hours are structured time either in camp sessions during the day or for overnight camps, structured planned evening social activities. For high school camps, there is historically about 1 hour per day average that students are given as designated “free time.”
This time can be used for students to hang out with their new friends, do team building activities, or for residential/overnight camps to use as quiet/rest time in their rooms, watch T.V. etc….
No camper is allowed to leave campus unattended once camp starts. There are some activities that are scheduled off-campus (i.e. field trips during the day as part of their learning and social outings in the evening). During these scheduled off-campus trips, students are chaperoned at all times.
While each camp location will have unique schedules, below are some examples of what is commonly scheduled:
At all residential/overnight camps, dinner break is typically around 4:45pm to 5:30pm, with planned evening activities going until approximately 9:30pm. (Students may have scheduled free time each night of their stay for approximately an hour). Lights out in the room is usually around 10:00pm. Room checks are made.
Boys and girls are either on different floors of the residence halls or in different wings of the building. Chaperones are on each floor with students. Staff monitor students and rounds/checking on students is done on a regular basis.
The ultimate goal of Camp Explore is to get students excited and interested in pursuing a career of their choice. We hope they’ll go home motivated and focused about what they can do in middle and high school to prepare for that potential career.
Students get to interact directly with many working professionals in each chosen field and through field trips, get a tour and experience of what it would be like to work in a particular career field.