Camp Invention

A STEM-Focused Day Camp

Looking for a fun and safe place for your child for the summer? Camp Invention is a week-long classroom-style program (5 days) that is open to all youth entering Kindergarten - 5th grade that focuses on STEM activities.  This confidence-boosting STEM summer camp where kids build creative inventions and lasting friendships is led by qualified local educators offering new and exciting hands-on experiences every year. Let’s work together to help your child grow their confidence, build problem-solving skills, reduce summer learning loss, improve academic achievement, discover innovative role models and more!


Restroom facilities include a flush toilet and a sink.

Internet and Cell Phones

Internet accessibility and cell phone coverage is limited at all of our camp properties. Participants will be asked to keep cell phones and other electronic devices in their backpacks during the day.

A twist on Discovery Day Camp, we will focus in on STEM based activities for your curious kids, while still doing traditional camp activities such as rock climbing, archery, outdoor skills, and more! During the day, participants will be in divided into small groups by grade level. This allows us to provide age appropriate activities for all of our campers.

2024 Curriculum

Give your young innovator an inspiring, action-packed summer adventure! Exciting, hands-on challenges will spark curiosity and build their confidence as they jump into limitless STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fun with opportunities to imagine, experiment and create. Read more about what your camper will experience at camp in the following sections:


Gear up for sports and invention as you investigate the science of sports ball design, then personalize your own light-up game board. Get your creativity rolling to achieve your goal of being inducted into the Game of Fame!


Shine bright as you use the science of light to create a customized Glow Box! Find inspiration from illuminating inventions and animals that glow to reveal a mystery behind a creature with a glowing feature.


Embark on an epic global operation to solve real-world water challenges! With help from your own robotic Lab-On-Wheels, explore water-based technology, then unlock sustainable design thinking by engineering a tiny house with crops.


Step into the Prototyping Studio to bring your big ideas to life! Mold and transform unique inventions as you uncover the many places world-changing inventors create, then protect your prototypes with the power of intellectual property.  

Program Highlights

  • STEM Activities
  • Crafts
  • Tie Dye
  • Outdoor Skills
  • Archery
  • Rock Climbing


  • 9:00 am Camper Drop Off
  • 9:15 am - 11:30 am Morning Activities
  • 11:30 - 12:00 pm Lunch (bring your own lunch)
  • 12:00 - 3:15 pm Afternoon Activities
  • 2:00 pm Snack/Rest Time
  • 2:15 pm - Afternoon Activities Continued
  • 4:00 pm - Camper Pickup

Location: Base Camp (Leadership Center); 6202 Bloomington Rd, Fort Snelling, MN

Camp Invention Parent Guide


Camp Invention is open to all youth (boys and girls) entering Kindergarten through 5th grade.


Camp Invention is a drop-off programs run by qualified and trained staff. Our staff ratios meet our supervision requirements. Parents are not part of the Day Camp programs.


The fee to participate in this program is $295, of which $50 is the program deposit. This includes all program supplies, staffing, activities, and any other fees associated with the full-week program.


Yes! We think that every camper should have an opportunity to attend Summer Camp and we do not want cost to hold anyone back from this experience. If you are in need, please complete the form linked in the "Related Articles" section on the right-hand side (or below on mobile devices) to receive up to 50% of the youth cost covered.


Sessions will be offered starting mid June and running until the end of August. See the Register tab for dates and locations!


We recommend that each youth participant brings a back pack each day with the following items:

  • Sun screen
  • Bug spray
  • Hat or sunglasses
  • Snack
  • Any medications that they might need (tell staff about these at check in)
  • Rain jacket
  • Bag lunch

Every day, participants should have closed toed shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather. They will be spending a majority of the day outdoors so it is important that they are dressed properly.


Each participant must have:

  • Signed parts A and B of the Health Form
  • A signed Participant Day Camp Waiver
  • Additionally, each participant who would like to participate in shooting sports activities must have a completed Shooting Sports Waiver. 

These forms can be found under the "Related Articles" header to the right (below on mobile devices).

Forms will be turned into the staff at check in on Monday morning. If you do not have them completed, you will be asked to fill them out once you arrive.

If you are attending multiple sessions of Camp Invention or Discovery Day Camp, you may use the same forms each time.


Please bring a bag lunch each day.


On the first day (Monday) please be prepared to turn in a completed Health Form, Particpant Day Camp Waiver, and Shooting Sports Waiver. Make sure you have an emergency contact listed on the Health Form and if anyone else plans to drop off or pick up your child during the week, their names and phone numbers need to be listed as authorized persons.

If your child needs to take any medications during the day please inform the staff.


In order to run our camp as effectively as possible, we split up all youth in the session into smaller groups. This allows us to maintain better youth-staff ratios and ensures everyone is always able to stay busy - they never need to wait their turn for an activity.

If you want your kid to be in a group with another kid, you can submit up to two names and we'll do our best to keep everyone together. When registering, please enter the full name (first and last) of anyone else attending that session that you want your kid to be in a group with.


All locations offer early and late drop off. See the parent guide for more details.


Each camp property has at least 50% of their staff trained in First Aid and CPR. In addition to that, they have a designated staff member to respond to any injuries or other medical situations that might happen while at camp. If something happens that will require a trip to a clinic or hospital, emergency contacts will be called immediately.

What is the Payment Timeline?

Full payment is required at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy

All events hosted by the Northern Star Camping Department utilize the same cancellation policy:

Requests for refunds/cancellations need to be made in writing (preferably via email). The amount refunded is determined by when we are notified. If we are notified:

  • 30 or more days prior to the start date of your session: all fees paid besides the deposit will be refunded to you or your unit (dependent upon the program you are cancelled for).
  • 29 to 8 days prior to the start date of your session: all fees paid besides the deposit will be refunded to you or your unit as a credit that can used for any program operated by the Northern Star Camping Department.
    • This credit can be applied to any future registration(s) that have a balance due.
    • This credit will be available for 365 days from the date of the cancellation.
    • Some examples of programs this credit could be used at include: Cub Summer Camp, Scouts BSA Summer Camp, Fall Day Camp, Polar Cubs, North Wind, Snow Base.
    • This credit currently cannot be applied to facility reservations or events held by other parts of Northern Star, such as the Klondike Derby or Wood Badge.
  • 7 or less days prior to the start date of your session: all fees paid will be forfeited.

Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the camp director for family or medical emergencies.

Ready to register? Select the register button for the property you would like to attend and you will be redirected to our online registration site! If you would like assistance or are experiencing problems with the registration process, please contact Customer Service at 612-261-2303.

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Fort Snelling, Minnesota

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2024 Dates:

  • 6/10 - 6/14
  • 6/17 - 6/21
  • 6/24 - 6/28
  • 7/08 - 7/12
  • 7/22 - 7/26
  • 8/12 - 8/16
  • 8/19 - 8/23
  • 8/26 - 8/30

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