County Parks Summer Camps Offer Fishing, Nature, History, Crafts, and More

Campers hold an albino python
Photo courtesy St. Charles County Parks

The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of unique, affordable summer camps for children: single-night campouts, day-long adventures, and week-long camps for exploring nature, fishing, extreme sports or history, for children of all ages and interests.

“Our summer camps tap into a child’s innermost fun,” says St. Charles County Parks Director Bettie Yahn-Kramer. “Once a child gets to experience one of our diverse camps, they want come back every year for more adventures!”

Scheduled for St. Charles County Parks this summer:

  • Boone Home Summer Camp, June 5 – 9, at The Historic Daniel Boone Home near Defiance. Kids ages 11-18 learn bartering and trading at the general store, tomahawk throwing, splash in the Femme Osage Creek, build a log cabin, try their hand at woodworking and carpentry, dance to fiddle music and discover much more! $150 per child, camp T-shirt included
  • Nature Day Camp, June 5 – 9, at Indian Camp Creek Park near Wentzville and July 10 – 14 at Quail Ridge Park near Wentzville. This full-day program for ages 9 – 13 allows day campers to discover and observe nature using hands-on experimental activities in a safe environment. Campers use sensory awareness and science to interact with their environment. Daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, with an overnight stay in the park planned for June 8. $100 per week.
  • Fish University 101, June 7 – 8, at Quail Ridge Park near Wentzville. Teaches the sport of fishing to wanna-be anglers ages 8-15, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Participants learn and use a variety of fishing techniques in the park’s ponds, lakes and streams. Sponsored by Cabela’s and St. Charles Jaycees.$30 for both days, lunch included.
  • Park Explorer Kids Club, June 12 – 16, at Quail Ridge Park near Wentzville and July 17 – 21 at Broemmelsiek Park near Wentzville. These week-long nature camps allow kids ages 7-11 to learn about the environment, prairies, trails, and waterways through nature-themed games, crafts, activities, and special friends of the park. 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. daily, lunch served on Friday only. $45 per session.
  • Camp YAP, June 12 – 16, 26 – 30, July 10 – 14 and July 24 – 28 at the Youth Activity Park near Dardenne Prairie. For children ages 6-12. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the fun from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Camp activities include sports, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games, special guests, snacks and a movie, Register for one week or all four. $110 per week, includes a T-shirt, water bottle and an ice cream sundae bar on Friday.
  • History Explorer Kids Camp, July 10 – 14, at Heritage Museum near St. Charles. This half-day camp engages children ages 6 -14 with local history experiences using historic-themed activities, challenges and crafts each day. Daily from 9 a.m. – noon, $40 per week.
  • Fish University 102, July 12, at Quail Ridge Park near Wentzville. Teaches the sport of fishing to wanna-be anglers ages 8-15. Held from 8 a.m. – noon. Participants learn and use a variety of fishing techniques in the park’s ponds, lakes and streams. Camp staff will assist children as needed. Sponsored by Cabela’s and the St. Charles Jaycees. Cost is $10.
  • Fish University 103, July 19, at Broemmelsiek Park near Wentzville. Teaches the sport of fishing to wanna-be anglers ages 8-15. Held from 8 a.m. – noon. Expand your fishing knowledge and learn how to bass fish. Camp staff will assist children as needed. Sponsored by Cabela’s and the St. Charles Jaycees. Cost is $10.
  • Fish University 104, July 26, at Broemmelsiek Park near Wentzville. Teaches the sport of fishing to wanna-be anglers ages 8-15. Held from 5 – 10 p.m., Expand your fishing knowledge and learn about catfishing. Camp staff will assist children as needed. Sponsored by Cabela’s and the St. Charles Jaycees. Cost is $10.

To register for summer camp, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535, or visit www.stccparks.org. Click on “Online Registration – Events and Reservations” in the left-hand menu, then “Activities” and browse through the list of events for your favorite camp. Register early; space may be limited.