Summer Camps: Pond Skimmers (Youth entering grades 6-8)

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Summer Camps: Pond Skimmers (Youth entering grades 6-8)

Pond Skimmers camp allows youth entering grades 6-8 opportunities to participate in various outdoor activities whether it is ropes courses, fire and shelter-building, animal exploration, extreme hiking and biking, competitive games or water activities!

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Are you a leader? During this week as a Counselor-in-Training (CIT), youth will get the best of both worlds! Enjoy your favorite camp activities including zip lining, games, time on the river, and more, plus take part in leadership style training, learn to create and lead your own camp activities, and be a role model for younger campers. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and pack a lunch. Snacks provided.

*Earn up to 80% of this session camp cost back by volunteering as a River Bend Summer Camp Assistant this year! Contact us at for more information.

Outdoor Survival

Surviving is not exactly fun and games, but at River Bend we’ll make it fun! Youth will learn skills to help them survive in the wilderness all while having a great time and making new friends. Come prepared to try your hand at shelter-building, fire-starting, foraging, and more. Bring your own lunch, all other supplies covered in cost. Snack provided.

Wildlife Adventures

This is a camp for all animal enthusiasts! Youth will visit River Bend’s ponds, streams, prairies, and forests to find (and maybe even catch!) as many critters as we can. You’ll also spend time learning about and assisting with the care of River Bend’s captive Animal Ambassadors. If you’ve ever wanted to feed a snake, hold a turtle, or give a lizard a bath, this is the camp for you.

Hike-it or Bike-it EXTREME 

Looking for a tougher challenge with faster rides and longer hikes? You’ll need to bring as much energy as you can each day as we enjoy all of the fun of Hike it or Bike it with scavenger hunts and secret trails, but take it to the next level—extreme! Over the course of the week, you’ll have a chance to hike or bike every River Bend trail. Bring a lunch for each day that can be transported on bike or on foot, and wear comfortable clothing. Campers may bring their own bike/helmet or use one of River Bend’s Adventure Fleet mountain bikes. To be up to the challenge, bikers should be able to sustain a bike speed to cover 1 mile in less than 7 minutes, with daily distances of 5+ miles as well. Snack provided.

Wilderness Games II

The games continue in this next installment of the Wilderness Games. If you loved making forts and playing in the woods, prepare for an even bigger challenge! We’ll play harder, get dirtier, and as always finish our two day adventure with “Wilderness Games—River Bend edition”. Wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty, close-toed shoes, and be sure to pack a lunch. Snacks provided.

Water Warriors

Do you enjoy being in the water on hot summer days? Well this camp is for you! Splash through two days of fun as we swim, stream walk, play water games, canoe/kayak on the river, and hunt for animals that love the water too! Get ready to get wet! Bring a lunch and wear comfortable clothing that can get wet, including shoes that secure—no flip-flops or crocks please! Snacks provided.


River Bend Nature Center

Age Range Served

Youth entering grades 6-8

Contact Information


Mailing Address

PO Box 186
1000 Rustad Rd
Faribault, MN 55021

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