At Camp Esquagama, we believe kids need time to be kids – and that’s what we are best at helping them do! Youth have been creating memories and lasting friendships at Camp Esquagama for over 80 years. Located a few hours north of the Twin Cities and less than an hour from Duluth, our 40 acre summer camp on Lake Esquagama is the perfect place to spend the summer outdoors!
A note from our Camp Director:
When camp came to a close in 2019, we never imagined not running our programs the following summer. And yet, here we are, 2020 was a difficult year for everyone. Camp Esquagama after months of deliberating made the decision at the end of May 2020, for the health and safety of our campers, staff, and community to cancel camp for the summer. There were tough emotions to deal with, but as we contacted our camp families, we were touched by the overflowing support. Now, after a more than a year away, months of projects and much needed restoration work, CAMP IS BACK FOR FUN IN 21!
We are truly fortunate for love and support of our community and the patience as we prepared for what will be a special summer. Things will look a little different this year from wearing masks to activity rotations to eating outside all the time, except when it is bad weather. Is everything set in stone, no, we have developed multiple summer activity game plans and options to best fit as best practices and regulation changes.
We truly believe that one week at camp can create an experience that lasts a lifetime. The skills you develop, the memories you make, and the friends you will still be talking too years later about that one time at Summer Camp. We can’t wait for Summer 2021 and to continue our mission in sharing with campers new and old the Camp Esquagama experience. Camp Esquagama is truly a place where a kid can spend time being a kid!
STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS!
- Opening Registration in February,
- Weekly Dance Themes & Summer Dates are UPDATED,
- Summer Staff Announcements,
- Project Updates,
- CoVid-19 Updates,
- AND MORE!!!
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Share The Journey,
There’s never a dull moment at Camp Esquagama. Youth ages 4-17 can attend camp at any session mid-June through early August. Children and youth will then spend much of their week at camp participating in the same activities as other kids around the same age, so they can make friends fast.
Each camper is encouraged to try new activities, but if there is a particular skill a camper wishes work on, we can help them excel in a specific area. Our well trained and talented staff assists with waterfront, arts and crafts, archery, climbing wall and many other activities under the sun at camp.
Campers are organized into cabin groups by age. We do our best to honor friend requests when made in advance and the campers are in similar age groups. The majority of our campers come alone and make friends quickly.
The dining hall is more than a place for meals, it’s the time of day where all campers are able to gather in a common area and share their experiences with one another. We begin many of our meals with a camp song. Campers eat family style as a cabin group
Our kitchen offers a healthy yet tasty assortment of food options. Hot entrees every meal plus a fully loaded salad bar with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
We provide the nutrition necessary to energize campers for a full day of camp activity. Scheduled mealtimes are 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
If your child has any food allergies or dietary needs, please note these on their medical forms and we will do our best to accommodate. A phone call to the Camp Director well in advance of the camper’s session is also appreciated.
Campers gather around our bonfire by the waterfront amphitheater almost every night of camp. Of course, no camp fire experience would be complete without all of the essential ingredients for the perfect smores – YUM!
Each camper’s swimming ability will be evaluated upon arrival at camp. Swimming is a camp activity but swim lessons are not provided on site. Campers who aren’t able to pass the swim test can still have fun by our sandy waterfront and closed dock area that’s only 3 feet deep. The waterfront is always staffed with a Waterfront Director and several other alert lifeguards during all waterfront activity.
Once a day, the Camp Esquagama Canteen opens where campers can grab a snack to enjoy around the picnic tables with their cabin mates. On Friday the Camp Store will be open after the Closing Ceremony where additional items may be purchased.
On the last day, Camp Esquagama has a closing ceremony, which parents and friends are invited. The program begins at 4:00 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to visit the Canteen and to talk with staff, including the nurse and summer camp director. It’s a great way for all campers to get together for a final farewell – until next year of course!
Click here for a printable copy of our camp map: Camp Esquagama Map
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