Summer Programs, K-12

BSU offers a variety of programs to enrich youth through athletic camps, music academies, Pre-College programs, and more.  we are currently updating our camp information.  below you will find some of last year’s offerings as well as some updates for 2017 camps.

Scrubs Camp for High School Students
June 11-16, 2017

This five-day Scrubs Camp starts Sunday, June 11, 2017 with check-in between 2-4 pm and ends Friday, June 16, 2016 at 3 pm. Pick up and drop off will be at Bemidji State University’s campus.

Scrubs Camp is a program for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school. Students who have a desire to learn more about health care careers and educational pathways, particularly those in the greater Bemidji region are encouraged to attend. Activities will be hands-on, dynamic, and fast-paced. Students will explore the dental lab at Northwest Technical College and participate in a site visit at Sanford Health located in Bemidji, MN. There will be many opportunities to network with faculty and health care professionals in the area.

Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College students will serve as camp counselors, chaperoning participants to daily activities and facilitating evening programs. The $500 program fee includes: instructional costs, overnight accommodations, transportation to off-site facilities during the camp, all meals, scrubs, and lifelong memories.

Scrubs Camp is offering a limited number of full scholarships made possible by Sanford Health. Students interested in scholarships must provide a statement attached to the registration describing their interest. Registration is now open until filled or 5/25/2017.  Max. 30 campers.

Click here to register for Scrubs Camp (full-pay).
Click here to register for Scrubs Camp (scholarship request).  Scholarship recipients must have a demonstrated financial need.  New scholarship recipients will receive priority over past recipients.

For photos of last year’s camp visit: #bemidjiscrubbers.
For more information contact: Angie Gora, or 218-755-2851.

Happy Dancing Turtle EcoCamp
Grades 1-2: June 12-16, 2017
Grades 3-4: July 24-28, 2017

After a great inaugural camp last year, the BSU Happy Dancing Turtle EcoCamp is back and adding another week for children going into 3rd and 4th grade!  Camp participants will learn about the environment through active, fun, hands-on activities.  The camp is held between 9am and 3pm at the American Indian Resource Center (1620 Birchmont Dr. NE, Bemidji, MN, 56601), right next to beautiful Diamond Point Park and Lake Bemidji.  Camp participants are offered snacks throughout the day, but must bring their own lunch.  The camp costs $150 for five days. Click here to register online.

Camp Explore
Moorhead: June 25-30, 2017
Winona: July 23-28, 2017

For more information, click here.  To register, click here.


Ojibwemowin Niibinishi Gabeshi453
for High School Students
July 10-14 & July 17-21, 2017

Two-week, overnight camp starts Mondays at 9 am and ends Fridays at 5:15 pm (weekends, campers return home). Pick up and drop off will be at Oak Hall at Bemidji State University.

Bemidji State University’s Ojibwemowin Niibinishi Gabeshi (Ojibwe Summer Camp) is a program for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school who have a desire to learn more about the first people of Minnesota. Students will capture the essence of Ojibwe culture with an intensive language program. They also will read books, attend workshops and discuss shared assumptions about culture and communication. Bemidji State University students will serve as camp counselors, chaperoning students to daily activities and facilitating evening programs.

Bemidji State is offering a limited number of full scholarships to students who have a financial need.  If interested in the scholarship, please provide a statement attached to the application describing your interest. Application deadline March 31 or until filled to: Bemidji State University, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE #5 Bemidji, MN 56601.  This camp is expected to fill this summer, do not wait until the last minute to register.

The program includes: overnight accommodations, meals, instructional costs, materials/books, recreational activities, camp t-shirt, and lifelong memories valued at $500/week.

Parent Materials

The following items must be completed and returned prior to the start of camp:


Ojiwbemowin Niibinishi Gabeshi wins Creative and Innovative Award from the North American Association of Summer Sessions click here for story.
For photos of the 2016 camp visit:
For a short video recap, please visit: Ojibwemowin Niibinishi Gabeshi.
Interested in learning more about opportunities avaialble visit: Ojibwe Language Resources.
Interested in serving as a Camp Counselor, click here for application.  Deadline March 15.

For more information contact: Angie Gora, or 218-755-2851.

Bemidji MusiCamp All LevelsBemidji MusiCamp Logo

July 16-22, 2017

Bemidji MusiCamp is a summer music program led by music educators.  It is one of the oldest camps in the country having been in existence since 1948.  Our mission is to:

– Provide young musicians with positive and accessible musical opportunities.
– Honor tradition & history as one of the longest running music camps in the USA.
– Remain committed to ongoing development and innovation.
– Inspire lifelong music participation.

Held on the beautiful shores of Lake Bemidji, camp includes individual instrumental instruction, chamber ensembles, and large group experiences.  In addition to performance opportunities, students will participate in classes that cover a wide range of topics, including music theory, electronic instruments, conducting, and music technology. Boasting an enthusiastic and caring faculty, Bemidji MusiCamp offers students a unique opportunity for musical and social growth.  The camp is overseen and staffed by regional music educators with a passion for providing positive musical experiences beyond the classroom.

Bemidji MusiCamp is open to students who have completed their first year of band, through students who have finished 12th grade.  It is one of the most affordable music camps in the United States.  For just $275, a student can attend camp and have all activities, meals, and lodging covered.  For  more information please visit:

Scuba Science Camp, Ages 12-14Dive

July 18-22, 2016

Learn to scuba dive and the physics, chemistry, biology and environmental sciences behind it.  Camp meets daily between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Bemidji State University for classroom and pool.  Open Water dives July 23 & 24 at Bad Medicine Lake.  Cost includes lifetime Junior Open Water Scuba certification.  Participants must have swimming ability.  Parents must complete medical form, liability release, acknowledgement form (available at the Dive Depot).  Sponsored by The Dive Depot, Bemidji State University, and Headwaters Science Center.  To register, call or stop by The Dive Depot, 1615 Fern St. NW, Bemidji, MN or 218-444-3467. Min. 4 and Max. 12 campers.  Limited scholarships are available based on financial need, click here for scholarship application.  Deadline is June 30th. Cost $425.

Bemidji State University Athletic Camps

header_logoAre you interested in excelling in a particular athletic discipline?  Bemidji State University offers a variety of athletic camps to help you refine skills and develop leadership while socializing amongst peers.  In the past, we have offered women’s soccer, women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, football, hockey, and men’s basketball.  For details on these opporuntities, please visit

Canadian Professional Goalie School

July 30-August 4, 2017


Join Steve Briere, NHL Goalie Coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs and owner of Canadian Professional Goalie Schools at his annual ELITE GOALIE CAMP at BSU from July 30th – August 4th, 2017. The Canadian Professional Goalie Schools Elite camp is designed for ELITE goaltenders, 15 years of age and up, from around the world. It provides the opportunity to interact with other goaltenders throughout this 5 day overnight camp.

The CPGS elite camps were created with three goals in mind:
1) Allow top level goaltenders to showcase their talents to coaches and scouts throughout this 5 day camp.
2) Put goaltenders through an intense, unique and innovative 5 day training program to prepare them for their upcoming season.
3) Have a great time!

To register, visit


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