Summer Programs

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* camps for middle school youth
** camps for high school youth
Preschool programs are listed separately on http://www.sd-discovery.org/for-kids/preschool/#preschoolsummer


Registration Policy:

On-line: Beginning Monday, April 25 at 12:01AM log onto www.cityofpierre.org

In-Person: Go to the City Recreation office at the YMCA between 8 am-5 pm on or after April 25 to register with Mindy Cheap, Recreation Director.

Registration Reminders:
  • SD Discovery Center members will receive a discount code (via mail or phone) prior to registration. Call the Discovery Center at 224-8295 if you do not receive this code.
  • Registration in on a “first-come-first-served” basis. Class sizes are limited so register early. If a class is filled, your child’s name will automatically be placed on a waiting list. If enough names are on the list, afternoon classes will be offered.
  • United Way Booster Funds are available upon request.
  • Kids Helping Kids camps are available using a sliding pay scale to youth who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program in Pierre and Ft. Pierre. Call the Discovery Center for more information on this.
  • Snacks served at the Discovery Center will not contain peanuts. Please inform us of any food allergies when you register your child.
  • You will find information on all our programs at www.sd-discovery.com and www.cityof pierre.org
  • Call the SD Discovery Center at 224-8295 with any questions.

Space Camp

GMMS NASA Girls/Boys Space Camp * **

Launch into space exploration with all your imagination!
Date: August 1-4
Girls Camp 9-Noon
Boys Camp 1-4 PM
Fee: $40 per child
.Ages: Students entering grades 6-9
Location: Georgia Morse Middle School. Use Highland entrance
Limit: 20

Jefferson School Space Camp

Join us for a week long adventure full of hands-on activities involving space exploration. Students will create and launch various rockets and perform engaging experiments.
Date: June 13-16
Time: 8:00-Noon
Fee: $40
Ages: Entering grades 2-4
Location: Jefferson School Room # 223 Camp Educator: Sarah Pries
Limit:20


Kids Helping Kids

Kids Helping Kids Camps are funded by Turner Youth Fund through the Healthy Community, Healthy Youth Initiative.

Priority will be given to local youth who are on the free and reduced lunch program. Qualifying participants can call the SD Discovery Center at 224-8295 to register. These youth can attend at a low fee or at no cost.

Wild West Camp
Date: June 8 OR June 9; 8:30am-1:30 pm Camp offered twice. Please specify date
Fee: members: $20; non-members: $30 (tax included)
Ages: riders 8 and up with varied levels of experience
Location: Meet at the SD Discovery Center and travel by River Cities Transit to the Antelope Creek Ranch.
Limit: 12 each day

This wild and western day camp features horses, horseback riding, and ranch chores. The great outdoors will provide the setting for fun and hands on learning. All campers will ride. Basic horsemanship and safety will be taught. Campfire cooking skills will be included, weather permitting. An emphasis will be on confidence building and skill development. All participants will master basic riding, horse grooming and ranch chores. Every kid who ever wished they had a horse will have their dream come true with a trustworthy equine friend.

Kids in the Kitchen: Garden Chefs Around the World
Date: July 18-21;
Ages 6-9–10:00-Noon
Ages 10-14—1:00-3:00 PM*
Fee: Members $20; Non-members $22(tax included)
Locations: Riggs High School Home Ec Room
Limit: 20

Chefs, let’s travel and visit four countries in four days! We’ll discover new places while we mix up tasty treats from around the globe using our garden harvest! Create a traveler’s cookbook and plant a mini kitchen herb garden to take home so you can enjoy cooking all summer!

Teens in the Kitchen**
Date: July 25-28; 9-Noon
Fee: Members: $30, Non-members:$40 (tax included)
Ages: Entering grades 8-12
Location: Riggs High School Homec Room
Limit: 15

In this new Summer Cooking Camp, we will teach teens to have fun, eat healthy, develop and hone their cooking skills, experiment in the kitchen, and improve math and reading skills… all in a fun way, while expanding their culinary palate. Actual restaurant experience working side by side with a real chef will be part of the experience. Making and serving a meal for the SE Methodist Banquet on Thursday night will be the final chapter to an awesome cooking week.

Cowgirl Overnight Camp
Date: June 21-22; 3 pm on Tuesday until 3 pm on Wednesday
Fee: members: $20; non-members: $30 (tax included)
Ages: 10-16
Location: Meet at the SD Discovery Center and travel by River Cities Transit to the Antelope Creek Ranch
Limit: Max. 8

Your daughter or granddaughter will enjoy an empowering horse experience led by an experienced camp director. All girls will ride. Campers will master basic to advanced horse riding skills; Horses will be the medium to build confidence and enjoyment. Ranch chores and ranch life will be experienced. Chuck wagon/Campfire cooking will occur, (weather permitting). Participants will blaze a trail of new experiences. The horses will be the tool for a great new adventure!
This is an overnight camp. Participants will sleep under the stars (or you may bring a tent). Lakota as well as Greek and Roman Star Constellation knowledge will be shared.. Math and science concepts will be integrated into all skill development. Bring a sleeping bag, overnight bag, long pants, sturdy shoes or boots, sunscreen and a jacket. Riding Helmets will be provided.
Please let Camp director know of any allergies or special dietary needs prior to camp.

Cowboy Overnight Camp
Date: July 14-15; 3 pm on Tuesday until 3 pm on Wednesday
Fee: members: $20; non-members: $30 (tax included)
Ages: 10-16
Location: Meet at the SD Discovery Center and travel by River Cities Transit to the Antelope Creek Ranch
Limit: Max. 8

This camp is for every kid who ever wanted to be a cowboy!
Qualified staff, experienced horses and a rodeo and roping arena will be the setting for this camp. The atmosphere will encourage campers to advance their riding skills, expand their horsemanship knowledge and enjoy riding. All campers will get to try their hand at rodeo and roping events. Instruction will be provided and all level of riders will be accommodated. Math and science concepts will be integrated into all skill development for campers. Everyone will ride and learn horse and ranch routines. This is an overnight camp. Chuck wagon/Campfire cooking will occur, (weather permitting). Horses will provide endless possibilities of new experiences! Bring a sleeping bag, overnight bag, long pants, sturdy shoes or boots, sunscreen and a jacket. Riding Helmets will be provided.
Please let Camp director know of any allergies or special dietary needs prior to camp.

Ultimate Survival Adventure Camps *
Date: GIRLS CAMP-July 7; Noon-9 PM
BOYS CAMP-July 8; Noon-9 PM
Fee: members: $30; non-members:$40 (tax included)
Ages: 11-14 yrs.
Limit: 15
Location: Meet at the SD Discovery Center

Join us for this exciting new primitive wilderness survival challenge!
Participants will be fully immersed in the natural environment, learning useful skills and making new friends.
The camp focuses on a range of skills from building a fire, animal tracking skills, basic first aid, wilderness cooking, natural shelter building and teamwork. Please leave electronics at home.

Lakota History Camp *
Date: July 29; 9 am-3:00 pm
Fee: members: $10; non-members: $20 (tax included) Parents can attend at no cost
Ages: 8-14

Location: Meet at the SD Discovery Center and travel by River Cities Transit to the Buffalo Interpretive Center
Limit: Min. 6 Max .18

Learn the unique story of the Lakota people and their relationship with the Buffalo on a trip to the Buffalo Interpretive Center. Make your own traditional lunch and try your hand at making traditional art pieces. View prairie dog towns and the buffalo and elk range where wildlife live in a natural environment. Closed-toe shoes and long pants required. Wear sunscreen and bug spray..


Outdoor Adventure *

Join us for some outdoor fun! Try a variety of activities including archery, snorkeling, biking, kayaking, fort building, animal tracking and even an outdoor scavenger hunt. Each day will include a healthy snack to make and take along on the day’s adventure. A few weeks prior to camp a letter will be sent detailing each day’s activities.

Dates: June 27-30
Time: 10-Noon
Fee: members: $40, non-members: $45 (tax included)
Ages: 8-12
Location: SD Discovery Center
Limit: 25


Junior Master Gardener

Your child (9 – 12 year old) can become a certified Junior Master Gardener. The SD Discovery Center’s Wellmark Growing Great Gardens (3G) interns will lead club gatherings. During these times, members will participate in a wide variety of hands-on gardening activities that can lead to JMG certification. Additionally, club members will be the keepers of our square-foot, straw bale & butterfly gardens and learn the operating systems in our brand new greenhouse.

To become a certified Jr. Master Gardener, youth must complete all 8 Golden Ray units. Meetings will focus on one or two units per session. SDDC will offer on-going opportunities to help complete the full certification.

When: Tuesdays 3:15 – 5pm, May 31 – June 27.
Where: SD Discovery Center
Fee: SD Discovery Center members – $20 (includes JMG handbook, a 1-time purchase)
Non-members: $45 (includes an individual membership to SDDC and JMG handbook.)

To register: call (605-224-8295) or email Kristie NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE SUMMER REC DIRECTORY

Science Thursdays

• Ages 6-9
• Thursdays; 10 AM-Noon
• Fee- $8 for members and $10 for non-members. tax included
• Classes are held at the SD Discovery Center.
• Max–20 participants
• Classes may include a healthy snack. Please inform our staffif your child has food allergies.

June 9 Slimy Science
Slime is important and interesting stuff! Machines need it to run, we wash with it, and we even eat it. Make and experiment with different kinds of slime and bring some home.

June 16 Buzzy Bees
Raspberries, apples and tomatoes. Would we have these without the help of bees? Find out all about our buzzing friends.

June 23 Leave it to Beaver!
Meet South Dakota’s master builder! Enter the wonderful world of this fascinating creature. Discover the beaver’s special adaptations and skills through the use of skins, skulls and fun activities.

June 30 Let’s Go Camping!
Sit around our campfire and pop into our pup tent for this fun camping adventure. Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt, learn all about animal tracks, make a nature craft and enjoy a yummy camping treat.

July 14 SEA Ya’ Later
Explore our amazing underwater world. Learn about plankton, and why almost all ocean life depends on them. Explore
coral reefs and find out how marine mammals stay warm. Make your own reef to take home.

July 21 Blow It Up!
Dry Ice, Coke, Baking Soda and Alka Selzer are all ingredients that will be used in this fun, yet safe chemistry class!

July 28 Tracks and Traces
Learn about the critters that call South Dakota home through the use of skins, skulls and artifacts. Explore predator-prey relationships through games and activities.


Science Fridays *

  • Ages 10-12
  • Fridays; 9 AM-Noon
  • Fee- $15 for members and $18 for non-members. tax included
  • Classes are held at the SD Discovery Center.
  • Max–20 participants.

 June 10    Rubber Band Cars
Let’s build a car powered only by a rubber band!  Can altering the tire size or length of the rubber band make it go further, faster?  How about making the car’s body more arrow dynamic?  Join us for this awesome class all about building and the principles of the design process.

June 17     Toss It!
Designing and building catapults, sling shots, trebuchets and other throwing devices will be the order of the day in this fun engineering class.

June 24   Straw Rockets
In this class, you will have the opportunity to build all sorts of straw rockets and various launchers.  The fun will be seeing how high and how far you can get your rocket to go!

July 1   Complicated Contraptions!
Are you up for a challenge? How about a fun Rube Goldberg team challenge?  Using all sorts of odds and ends, build a contraption that will pour cereal into a bowl.

 


Science Hits the Road!

Are you ready for an adventure in Science?

Gettysburg

Who: Youth entering grades K-5
When: Tuesdays-June 14, 21 and 28, July 12, 19 and 26; 1-2 PM
Where: Potter County 4-H Office
Cost: Free! Thanks to sponsor Potter County 4-H leaders
To Join: No registration necessary. Come and Discover!

Onida

Who: Youth entering K-5
When: Tuesdays-June 14, 21 and 28, July 12, 19 and 26; 11-Noon
Where: The Phoenix Center
Cost: Free! Thanks to sponsor–Sunrise Bank Dakota
To Join: No registration necessary. Come and Discover!

Highmore

Who: Youth entering grades K-5
When: Wednesdays-June 15, 22 and 29, July 13, 20 and 27; 1-2 PM
Where: Hyde County Courthouse
Cost: Free! Thanks to sponsor Jim and Carol Faulstich, Volek Ranch, Haiwick Heritage Ranch and Hyde County Leaders Association
To Join: Space is limited to 25.Please call 605-852-2515 each week to register

Miller

Who: Youth entering grades K-5
When: Wednesdays-June 15, 22, 29, July 13, 20 and 27; 10-11 AM
Where: Court House Assembly Room
Cost: Free! Thanks to sponsors Hand County Parent Leaders Association
To Join: Space is limited to 25. Please call 853-2738 each week to register