For the full FAQ and information about Camp Bovey, check out our Frequently Asked Questions document [PDF]. 

Age ranges

There are opportunities for youth ages 7-18. Camp sessions vary by age in order to create developmentally relevant games and learning opportunities. The traditional summer camp experience is available for youth ages 7-15. For rising teen leaders interested in leadership and career skills, there are Leadership in Training opportunities for youth ages 13-18. See the registration page to learn about specific age groups per session.


Camp Bovey is located 200 miles from the Twin Cities on Lake Metzger. The campground is just a few miles east of the Solon Springs crossing of the North Country Scenic Trail.

Our address is 11770 E. Townline Rd, Gordon, WI 54838.

  • From the Twin Cities: 2.5 hours northeast
  • From Duluth: 1 hour southeast
  • From Hayward, WI: 1 hour northwest

What happens at camp?

Campers get to decide how to spend much of their time at camp. We help them make informed decisions by starting each session with an overview of what camp has to offer. For the remainder of the session, they are empowered to be self-directed. Counselors help each camper create a weekly schedule of activities that the campers are curious about. Activities are led by trained staff and include options such as outdoor science, nature art, teambuilding games, low ropes course, sports, outdoor living skills, archery, Gaga, 9 Square, fishing, canoeing, field journaling, swimming, service projects, and camping. 

Are there sliding scale fees?

Yes! Thanks to generous donations and support of our strong community, we do have sliding scale fees. Anyone may use our sliding scale fee chart to reduce the registration fee to the amount that works for your family right now. When you register, you’ll be prompted to select the fee that’s right for you. The $100 deposit per camper is required regardless of sliding scale or scholarship amount.

Is transportation included in the camp fee?

It is! Both ways. Exceptions apply only if a camper needs to be transported back to you during the camp session.

Does the $100 deposit go toward the total fee?

Yes. The deposit is required to secure your spot.

What if we miss the bus on Monday?

In short, it’s up to you to get your child to camp and you have until 1pm to make it happen.

Your child must be check in with the Camp Director at camp by 1pm. This time designation is important because all campers run through some very critical learning on that first afternoon. Campers who miss this orientation afternoon are less likely to have the highest quality camp experience.

If you cannot make it by 1pm, but space is available in another session, we will offer to transfer your enrollment. However, if you cannot make it by 1pm and there is not space in another session or if your child is unavailable for another session, we will not provide a refund (unless you have voluntarily purchased insurance through our registration software, something you will be prompted to do.)

Please arrive on time. Please consider adding insurance to your registration.

Can I drop my child off directly at camp?

Not unless you miss the bus and are ensuring they arrive by 1pm that day. Otherwise, that long bus ride is a special Camp Bovey tradition that we know can be scary (especially for new campers or introverted campers), but we really believe is important for planting the seeds that will grow into lifelong friendships.

If you are concerned about motion sickness or anything else, please contact us ahead of time so we can prepare the staff appropriately.

What if I’m late to pick up my child when the bus returns?

If you know you will be late, call the main line of East Side at 612-781-6011 and let the front desk person know the name of your child and the name and contact number of the other person who will be arriving on time to pick up your child. 

Our bus returns to East Side between 5:00 – 6:00pm on the final day of the session. The primary phone number you use in the registration process will receive a call or text when the bus departs camp in Wisconsin. You can estimate the bus arriving roughly 3-3.5 hours after that. Please plan accordingly and have a back-up plan prepared just in case.



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Front Desk: 612-781-6011
Fax: 612-787-4001

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1700 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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