History Camp

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society History Camp 2022

The camp will inspire and engage curious minds through the STEM (Science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning process. Our hands-on interactive programs incorporate discovery through historical themes that center on our local history.

Located at the Historic White Bear Town Hall, the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society’s day camp setting provides a fun and unique way for students entering grades 3-6 to experience the White Bear area as it was in the past.

Camp Dates

  • July 11-13, 2022
  • July 25-27, 2022

*The REGISTRATION DEADLINE is two weeks prior to the first day of each camp. Camps may fill before the deadline.

Camp Tuition

  • $115.00 for Early Registration
  • $125.00 After March 30th

Camp Tuition Includes

  • Camp T-shirt
  • All necessary materials needed for activities

CAMP STRUCTURE: Monday – Wednesday, 9:00 am-2:30 pm

  • Groups will be limited to 15 students.
  • The camp instructor and teen volunteer, with each cohort, will be the same throughout the week.
  • Students will have a break to eat a small snack at 10:30 and lunchtime will be at 12:30.

In this 3-day camp students will experience three themes:

Exploring the Fur Trade

Learn about the fur trade social world, which was built from an exchange between Indigenous peoples of the region, voyageurs, and European traders. Gain an understanding of how they worked and lived and the impact they had on the White Bear Area.

Activity Highlights: Play an interactive fur trading game, enhance mapping skills and explore the mechanics of a fort.

The Many Cultures of the White Bear Area

Dive into the culture and heritage of the diverse groups that have called the White Bear area home throughout history. Explore activities of daily life and modes of entertainment from the 1800s to today. Witness how our state became a melting pot of various traditions and explore how communities formed, lived, and celebrated.

Activity Highlights: play Victorian-era games, and plant a mini garden.

Creating with White Bear’s Natural Resources

Get creative with our natural resources to make art, and tools, just like generations of people have done throughout White Bear’s history. Make a bandolier bag like a 19th century Native American, learn about our area’s fish and wildlife while appreciating our earth’s resources! Students will utilize original survey maps and notes to explore plants, animals, soil, wind, water, and the people who settled here to find out how they contributed to the growth of White Bear Lake.

Activity Highlights: learn how to interpret survey maps, go on a nature walk and learn how to make a bandolier bag.