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History Camp

The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society is ready for some fun and adventure this summer! Join us as we launch our White Bear Area History Camps where kids can investigate the people, places and events that make our area unique.

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 past and how it has shaped our present.

All camps 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.

Registration Dates

Registration Deadline is two weeks prior to the first day of each camp. Camps may fill before the deadline.


Camp Tuition Includes

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

Important Information

  • Pre-registration is required for every program
  • Capacity is limited and classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • A class may be canceled due to low enrollment.
  • If a class is canceled, your registration fee will be returned.
  • Payment & completed forms must be received for registration to be confirmed.
  • Registration will be confirmed by email.
  • Sorry, we cannot pro-rate, refund, or issue credit for missed classes.
  • We know plans change! If you have to cancel, we can only issue a credit if you let us know at least a week before the class start date.
  • Students must wear clothes and shoes that allow for movement.

Who was here before?

Dive into the culture and lives of the many groups of people who have lived in White Bear throughout history. Explore pastimes, recipes and household activities of the past two centuries, and how different cultures influenced the way we do things. Witness how our state became a melting pot of various traditions and explore how communities formed, lived, and celebrated in our area.

Camp offered Monday-Thursday:

June 14-17, 2021
9:00 am – noon

July 12-15, 2021
9:00 am – noon

how did the fur trade work?

Learn about the social world of the North American fur trade which was built around 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.

Camp offered Monday-Thursday:

June 21-24, 2021
9:00 am – noon

July 19-22, 2021
9:00 am – noon

why white bear lake? 

For centuries people have been drawn to the body of water that is White Bear Lake. We will examine the natural resources of this area and how they provided materials for food, art, and tools for generations of people throughout White Bear’s history. Students will explore plants, animals, soil, wind, water, and the people who came here to find out how they contributed to the evolution of White Bear Lake.

Camp offered Monday-Thursday:

June 28-July 1, 2021
9:00 am – noon

July 26-29, 2021
9:00 am – noon