A camper examining a microscope slide

Grades 5-6 Camps

Summer adventures for the budding scientist in your life

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Full-day, weeklong camps for children entering grades 5 and 6 in the 2020–21 school year. Grades 5-6 camps have a maximum of 18 children, and school grade categories are designed to ensure the best academic and social experience for all campers.

We strive to create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and inspires curiosity. Campers must be able to maintain appropriate behavior, including keeping their hands to themselves, staying with the group, following staff directions, and using respectful language. A quiet space will be available to campers who need to take a break and calm down or recharge before returning to the group.

Full-day camps
Camp activities take place from 9 am–4 pm, with flexible drop off from 8–9 am and pick up from 4–5 pm.

Aerospace Engineering

Summer campers get ready to launch rockets on the field near the museum

Campers will dive into the final frontier of space exploration and learn about rocketry, lunar module design, Mars 2020 Mission, and more. In the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, they’ll gain insight into exactly what it takes to send satellites, rovers, and humans into space. Campers will also learn about current missions and have opportunities to engineer their own spacecraft and develop solutions to problems today’s aerospace engineers face.

July 13–17 SOLD OUT, waitlist currently full
August 3–7 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist

Bird’s Eye View

A girl looks intently at a taxidermied raven in a museum display

Campers will explore the exciting world of ornithology in this camp co-presented by the Bell Museum and The Raptor Center, learning about birding in different habitats and spending time with winged ambassadors (eagles, owls, falcons and more). They’ll visit the museum’s dioramas and scientific collection of birds to learn about birds of the world, comparing their habitats and anatomy to understand how they’ve adapted and evolved over time. Campers will also meet experts in field research, raptor medicine, and bird training.

June 15–19
August 17–21 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist

Nature Investigation

Two girls examine a beaver skull

The universe is full of mysteries! Each day there’s a new problem to be solved, and campers will use investigative skills and techniques to come up with solutions. They’ll engineer creative ways to gather data for research, puzzle out how bones fit together, identify invasive plant and animal species and how they affect the ecosystems, explore the Bell Museum’s research collections, and piece together evolution by examining species from hundreds of years ago.

July 27–31 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
August 10–14 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist

Duck, Duck, Loon!

Map of Minnesota

There is a lot more to our state than just 10,000 lakes. Explore the state’s unique geology, study native plants and animals, and see what Minnesota looked like during the last Ice Age. We will also take this opportunity to learn about the rich historical and cultural heritage of Minnesota’s Dakota people. Campers will do their part to care for the land by participating in local citizen science projects and working with scientists to help preserve and restore Minnesota’s unique ecosystems.

July 20–24
August 3–7


Once you’ve selected your camps, register online here or by calling 612-626-9660 (10 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday). Please fill out one registration per child.

General registration (Full-day camps)

Bell members (Full-day camps)

Registration opens February 8 for Bell members, February 17 for the general public.

Have the following info ready!

  • Camper name, birth date, age, special needs, medications and allergies
  • Primary and secondary contact name, address, email, phone number
  • An additional emergency contact name and phone number

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Refunds and cancellations
Registrations are partially refundable. If you wish to withdraw from a camp after registering, you must do so at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp in order to receive a partial refund of the registration fee—$40 of the registration fee is considered a nonrefundable deposit. No refunds will be given if a cancellation is made within the two weeks before the first day of camp.

If for any reason the Bell Museum cancels your camp, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee or the opportunity to transfer to another camp if space is available. Notification will be given two weeks prior to the start date in the event that your camp is canceled.

Camper needs
We greatly appreciate any information, suggestions or tips you would like to share regarding your camper. Filling out the registration form with as much detail as possible will give us the opportunity to prepare any special accommodations and give your camper the best experience possible. You are also welcome to email our summer camp team at bellcamps@umn.edu.

For more information about camps or registration, email Bell camp staff at bellcamps@umn.edu or call 612-626-9660.