I Can Camp!

Camping has a way of bringing out the happy in kids. So, how does a parent who's more comfortable with computers than campfires get started? A one- or two-night I Can Camp! overnight program is your chance to introduce your kids to the fun of camping—no experience necessary!

  • Hands-on instruction on setting up camp, camp cooking and more from our experienced I Can Camp! crew.
  • Use of tent, air mattresses, cook stove and other gear.
  • Geocaching, nature photography, fishing—each program offers unique activities.

Our I Can Camp! crew will be on hand day and night to answer all of your "how do I do it?" questions. They'll walk you through setting up a campsite, starting a campfire and preparing delicious, yet simple, meals. You'll be introduced to activities that will entertain the whole family. One-night programs are $40; two-night programs are $60 (up to six people per tent). A Minnesota State Parks one-day permit is included. Advance registration is required.

 

 

2014 Schedule

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Date

State Park

1-Night

2-Night

Sat., June 7

Nerstrand Big Woods

X

Sat., June 7

Wild River

X

Sat., June 14

Afton

X

Sat., June 14

Minneopa

X

Sat., June 21

William O'Brien

X

Sat., June 21

Interstate

X

Fri., June 27

Glendalough

 

X

Sat., June 28

Sibley

X

Fri., July 11

Gooseberry Falls

 

X

Fri., July 11

Whitewater

 

X

Sat., July 19

Jay Cooke

X

 

Sat., July 19

Afton

X

Fri., July 25

Lake Bemidji

 

X

Sat., July 26

St. Croix

X

Fri., August 1

Scenic

X

Fri., August 1

Forestville/Mystery Cave

 

X

Sat., August 9

Whitewater

X

 

Sat., August 9

Flandrau

X

 

Sat., August 16

William O'Brien

X

Sat., August 16

Lake Carlos

X

Fri., August 22

Itasca

 

X

Fri., August 22

Tettegouche

 

X

Sat., August 30

Lake Maria

X

Sat., August 30

Fort Snelling

X


Common Questions

How much does it cost?

The one-night I Can Camp! program costs $40 and the two-night program costs $60. The fee includes use of camping equipment and all camping and activity instruction. If you arrive by vehicle, a daily vehicle pass will be provided as part of your program fee. You may buy an annual Minnesota State Parks permit for an additional $20.

When and where are the programs?

Here's the complete schedule of all the 2014 I Can Camp! programs.

How many people can I bring?

Your reservation is for up to six people in your party. We will provide you with a six person tent.

What age do my kids need to be?

Kids will have a great time; however, young children require much more care and attention in an outdoor setting. For this reason, we do not recommend infants or toddlers for this program.

What is different about the two-night program?

Our two-night programs will take your camping experience to the next level. We provide all the same information as in the one-night programs, plus even more. Two-night programs offer more time for activities like hiking, swimming, and relaxing with the family. We also spend time learning some more advanced skills such as putting up a tarp and cooking over an open fire.

Can we bring our dog?

Please do not bring pets. The attention your pets will need during the program will interfere with your experience.

What should I bring?

We provide the tent, air mattresses, firewood, cook stove, cook gear and most other basic camping equipment. You need to bring your own sleeping bags or bedding, groceries, and personal items. (Check out our handy packing lists down below!)

How do I register?

Check out the list of programs below, and when you're ready to make your reservation just click "Reserve" next to the one you want. We'll mail you a packing list and other pre-trip materials shortly after you register for a program. Or, if you prefer to sign up by phone, call us toll-free, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon-Fri and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat & Sun: 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008).

How long does the program last?

The one-night program will last roughly 24 hours—it will start at 10:00 a.m. the first day and go until about 10:00 a.m. the following morning. Although the program ends in the morning, you are allowed to enjoy the park and campgrounds until 1:00 p.m. The two-night program lasts a little longer; participants arrive at 2:00 on Friday and stay until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Will we see any wildlife?

You betcha! Birds, deer, squirrels, rabbits and many others make their home in the parks. There will be fun wildlife watching for the whole family.

Can we leave the park to eat dinner?

Sure. We'll teach you all about how to prepare and cook delicious outdoor meals and we encourage you to use your new skills, but people are always free to leave if they feel the need.

What will we be eating?

You will bring your own groceries—please refer to the food shopping lists (below) for specifics. We recommend the items and meals on the list, but you may bring more or less according to your budget and dietary needs.

Can I sign up for more than one program?

Sure, if you'd like to. Our goal is for you to have the skills and confidence to try it on your own after you've attended a single program, but if you still want more, consider trying one of the two-night programs.

Will there be a lot of bugs?

Some...bugs are an unavoidable part of the camping experience! What kind and how many will depend on park location, weather and time of year. We've put bug spray on your list of items to bring, and we strongly advise against using aromatic sprays or soaps when you are outdoors because strong smells can attract mosquitoes and bees.

Will I have to sleep on the ground?

No, we will loan you good air mattresses and sleeping pads. You just need to bring your own bedding or sleeping bag.

What if it rains?

Your program will be held as scheduled unless there are severe weather conditions such as tornado or hail warnings. Check the weather report before coming to get an idea of what the weather may be like. Bring a rain jacket and some extra warm clothes to be safe.

Can my child bring a friend?

Yes! The tents have room for up to six. Remember that you will be responsible for all the children you bring.

What is there for kids to do?

All our activities will be child-friendly. Most kids have a great adventure when they go camping! Here are some activities your family can do together in the woods.

Can my family bring bikes or other recreation equipment?

Absolutely, but it's a good idea to check out your park's web page before hauling your equipment. (If you bring a canoe to a state park that doesn't have a lake nearby, you may be sorely disappointed!) Once you've decided which park you'll be going to, you can find their web page here.

Enough! Show me the packing lists and other trip planning advice!

Here are the documents we've prepared to help you get ready to rough it:

One-Night Participant PacketThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Two-Night Participant PacketThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.


Sign Up Now!

You can reserve your spot in an I Can Camp! program online. Or, if you prefer to sign up by phone, call us toll-free at 866-857-2757, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

We'll mail you a packing list and other pre-trip materials shortly after you register for a program.

Questions?

Still have questions? Please contact the DNR Information Center toll-free at (888) 646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also get more information by emailing ican.dnr@state.mn.us.

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I Can Camp! program instruction is provided by Conservation Corps of Minnesota

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This program is made possible by funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.