Loppet Adventure Camps

Weeklong Day Camps for Kids Age 9-13

Thanks to everyone who made Adventure Camp 2019 a success!

Let the summer adventure begin!

At Loppet Adventure Camp youth spend their days diving into a world of non-stop outdoor fun. Kids break into small groups with enthusiastic counselors and rotate through different activities throughout the day. Campers test their skills at the end of the week with a group relay-style Adventure Race!

Activities include:

  • roller-skiing
  • mountain biking
  • orienteering
  • adventure racing
  • swimming and canoeing
  • capture-the-flag, Ultimate Frisbee, and other games
  • nature activities

Location: Theodore Wirth Park –Meets at the Trailhead at 1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway and activities happen throughout the Park.

Equipment: All equipment is provided, though campers are welcome to bring their own bikes, helmets, roller skis, etc.

Cost: $275 ($250 for foundation members) Please be sure to finalize other summer plans and confirm schedules before registering, as registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation. Registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. Please contact us at aponte@loppet.org for details.

For those interested in pursuing more adventures like mountain biking and trail running, see the Loppet TRAIL KIDS Program.

Camps run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please email taylor@loppet.org with any questions about the camps, registration, or scholarships. If your child is interested in pursuing year-round development opportunities in skiing, mountain biking, orienteering and trail running, we encourage you to check out the Loppet TRAIL KIDS Program.

A reduced registration fee of $250.00 is offered to Family and Adult members of the Loppet Foundation only (use discount code LoppetMember19). Registrants will be cross-referenced with membership records to ensure valid use of this discount code. Click here to learn more about Loppet Foundation membership!

Please be sure to finalize other summer plans and confirm schedules before registering, as registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation. Registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. The minimum age for campers is 9. Please ensure your child will be 9 or older on the first day of camp, or they will not be able to participate.

Session I: June 10 - 14

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Session II: June 17 - 21

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Session III: June 24 - 28

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Session IV: July 8 - 12

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Session V: July 15 - 19 (Girls Only Session)

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Session VI: July 22 - 26

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Session VII: July 29 - August 2

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Session VIII: August 5 - 9

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Session IX: August 12 - 16

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Summer Adventure Camp FAQs

Where is Adventure Camp, anyhow?

Adventure Camp is located at The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park.

If you would like a map, please email Andy Harris at harris@loppet.org

When are pick up and drop off times for camp?

Drop-offs usually arrive from around 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Campers get picked up shortly after 4:00 p.m.

What happens if it rains?

IF rain/weather will interfere with normal camp activities, Adventure Camp will run from 9:00 – 4:00 at The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park. if rain/weather will make outside activities unsafe, Adventure Camp will cancel for the day (this is rare!).

Emails to parents will be sent out to parents the morning of any day where normal camp activities will be changed to notify them of the plan. Please check your emails regularly!

Does my child need to bring their own bike? Or rollerblade gear?

No, but if your child has equipment that they want to use, they are welcome to bring it to camp. Overnight storage of bikes and skis costs $15.00 / week.

Does my child need to bring a swimsuit?

No, but it may be helpful. Swimming is an Adventure Camp favorite — as is learning how to rescue a canoe when you tip over!

Is lunch provided, or should my child pack and bring their own lunch?

Campers should plan on bringing their own lunch. Snacks will be provided throughout the day.

January 2-4, 2019

Let the winter adventure begin! At Loppet Ski Camp youth spend they days diving into a world of non-stop outdoor fun – all on cross country skis.

Activities include:

  • cross country ski lessons
  • ski ball and cross country ski games
  • relay races
  • down hill slalom
  • bonfires

Location: Theodore Wirth Park – The Trailhead

Cost: $170 ($160 for Foundation members).  Scholarships available.

Ages: 7-13.  No prior experience necessary!

Equipment: Ski equipment provided. Feel free to bring personal equipment if preferred.

Dates: Camp runs Monday – Friday from 9am – 4pm, January 2-4, 2019

Join committed coaches, alumni and other high school athletes for the most fun you will ever have training over your holiday break!

This is a great opportunity to spend time getting personalized coaching to improve your ski technique – both classic and skate. This camp focuses on the fundamentals based on your current skill level. You will be working in a group of 6-8 skiers of the same skill level. There are typically two coaches per group to help you to work on your individual challenges to become a better skier.

Loppet Holiday Camp is designed to create an environment of accelerated development where high school coaches and top-level professional and citizen skiers can share their passion for skiing with developing athletes.

Who: Active Minnesota High School Junior Varsity and Varsity Team Participants (7-12th grade)
When: December 27-28, 2018: Classic on the 27 and Skate on the 28 (weather may affect order)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for Varsity level and 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for JV
Where: Theodore Wirth Park Chalet
Cost: $60 (scholarships available). This includes a FREE GIFT. Skiers will need Theodore Wirth Ski pass (this are not included in the cost of the camp). Food is available for sale at the Trailhead, but you should plan to bring your own food.

Questions? Ask your coach or email nelson@loppet.org.

We at the Loppet Foundation are always striving to run our programs as safely as possible.

But Loppet Foundation activities are not without risk.  Activities like biking, mountain biking, roller-skiing, cross country skiing, paddling and even running, trail running, orienteering and capture-the-flag, come with risks.  One of the things that makes outdoor activity fun is that it is unpredictable.  But unpredictable means that all of these outdoor activities can be dangerous. During camps or training sessions, athletes can fall in a variety of circumstances.  Injuries can range from abrasions, sprains, strains, and occasionally more serious injuries like concussions or even a broken bone.

But we at the Loppet Foundation believe that the rewards of being outside and active outweigh the risks.  (See e.g., Turning the Tide, Reconnecting Kids to Nature).  More broadly, we believe strongly that for many people there is actually more risk in not participating then there is in participating.  Almost all outdoor active sports come with some risk.  For many people activities without some element of risk are not captivating and thus, we believe, not sustainable.  Our fear is that those who do not learn to love outdoor activity run the risk of a sedentary lifestyle, which can mean obesity, diabetes and a host of chronic, debilitating diseases and an impaired quality of life.

In our calculus, it is better to take the risk of injury that comes with outdoor activities – especially when those risks are managed in a group learning environment – rather than run the significant risk of not learning to enjoy the outdoors . . .  We want each participant and/or their parents to understand and recognize the inherent risks, hence this discussion.  Each participant and/or their parent or guardian needs to understand that outdoor active sports come with some risk and occasionally there are going to be incidents.  We just want to give families an opportunity to think about the risk themselves and avoid having people surprised when injuries do occasionally occur.

For some, almost any risk is unacceptable.  For people like this we would suggest volunteering or engaging in some of the more mild Loppet activities – like the occasional nature hike, the Luminary Loppet or the Waffle Loppet.

For more information contact:
Joe Clifton
Adventure Camp Director