Truly, a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience.
Summer Under the Big Top
Circus Juventas summer camps are all about creating a safe space where students can have new adventures, experience traditional and contemporary circus arts and global inspirations, and receive encouragement in a non-competitive, nurturing environment. A one-of-a-kind summer camp experience in the Twin Cities, our week-long, daily sampler, or teen high-flying adventure day camps are led by an internationally-renowned troupe of coaches in our award-winning big top. Our camps are designed to delight, challenge, and inspire campers in new and creative ways.
Summer camps are a great way to experience the magic of circus without the year-long commitment of our regular classes. CJ coaches are committed to working individually with every student based on the students’ needs and abilities. Many of our campers return each year — and we welcome new students too.
Circus Juventas offers three types of summer camp options: Performance week-long camps, daily sampler camps, and teen high-flying adventure camps. All options provide experience of ALL genres of the circus arts: aerial, acrobatics, balance, juggling, and theater. All camps run 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. and are for ages 6-18. Students are assigned groups based on age. Buddy requests are available.
2020 Summer Camp Dates
For ages 6-15. Sign up per day; full- and half-day options available. No performance at the end of the week. $85/day or $50/half day.
June 1 – 5
June 29 – July 2 (no camp offered Friday, July 3)
Week-Long Performance Camps
For ages 6-15. Sign up for the whole week. At the end of the week, choose two acts to perform for family and friends! $405/week.
June 8 – 12
June 15 – 19
June 22 – 26
July 6 – 10
Teen High-Flying Adventure Camp
For ages 13-18. Sign up for the whole week. No performance at the end of the week. $445/week.
June 15 – 19
Take a look at the FAQs below to learn more about the differences between performance week and sampler camps.
2020 Summer Camp Guide Coming Soon!
Medication Administration Authorization Form
AFTER you’ve submitted a camp registration, you can submit a Medication Administration Authorization Form, if needed.
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SUMMER CAMP FAQ'S:
Parents of summer campers have great questions when registering for camp. We’ve curated many over the years, with the most frequently asked questions listed below. Click on the tabs to sort the questions by category. If you still have questions, feel free to call!
Week-long performance camp participants perform in an end-of-week showcase for their parents/guardians. The performance takes place at 3 p.m. on Friday. We recommend arriving early to provide time for parking. The curtain opens for seating 5-10 minutes before the show.
No. We ask that parents/guardians drop off campers no earlier than 8:45 a.m. and pick up at 3:45 p.m. Campers must be signed in and out every day.
It is not required but is encouraged. T-shirts must be pre-ordered as part of the registration process.
We recommend campers pack a day bag in which to store a lunch box, water bottle, mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, athletic shoes, and socks. Campers should write their names on everything they pack.
We recommend campers wear comfortable clothing in which they can move (i.e.: tank tops and leggings; shorts and t-shirts; leotards, etc.), but nothing too baggy so as to hinder spotting. Long hair should be pulled back and large jewelry removed. Campers should bring close-toed shoes for some of the equipment.
Yes. Food is not provided at Circus Juventas.
Since summer camp registrations are processed on a rolling basis (from as early as February to June) it takes 5-10 business days from the submission date to receive a confirmation email.
Circus Juventas reserves the right to cancel a camp due to insufficient enrollment, in which case, a full refund is processed. Should you decide to voluntarily withdrawal before May 1st, all but the deposit of $125.00 for week-long camps and $30.00 per day for sampler camps may be refunded. All registrations fees are non-refundable. Any cancellations made after May 1st are not eligible for a refund. Please contact our administrative team with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campers who voluntarily withdraw from camp before May 1 are refunded all but the deposit of $125 for week-long camps and $30 per day for sampler camps. The annual registration fee is non-refundable. Any cancellations made after May 1 are not eligible for a refund.
No. Due to the nature of the program, we do not offer make-up opportunities.
Yes. If a student requests to register for a full camp, she/he/they will be notified and offered to be placed on the wait list. CJ notifies wait-listed campers when and if space becomes available.
No. In fact, most of our campers come to camp with little to no experience (though we have many campers who return summer after summer).
The performance is meant mostly for parents/guardians, as we have limited audience space.
Yes, they can. Campers are able to request up to two buddies as part of the registration process. Please note: for two campers to be placed together they both need to request each other as buddies. Additionally, students who are more than 2 years apart in age may not be put into groups together in order to provide the best training for both students.
Campers get to experience a little bit of everything; from trapeze to trampoline, silks to low wire, juggling to acrobatics, our camps are designed for high-energy kids.
While campers are supervised by a handful of our full-time, international coaching staff, they spend the majority of their time with our student coaches, who train year-round at Circus Juventas in our most advanced acts. Our student coaches bring a high level of enthusiasm and professionalism to the camp environment and have a really good time training our campers.
Campers arrive between 8:45 and 9 a.m. and are signed in at the front desk. At 9 they meet with their assigned group leader for welcome activities and warm up. These groups (which remain the same for week-long campers) cycle throughout stations, with a few breaks for snacks and coach demonstrations. After lunch, weather permitting, campers have time outside in the adjoining park OR participate in a craft activity. The remaining time is devoted to circus activities (stations, etc.) until campers are picked up at 3:45 p.m. Between 3:45 and 4 p.m. campers are signed out by guardians with their group leader. Week-long campers spend time later in the week preparing for Friday’s performance.
Campers as young as 6 (going into first grade in the fall) and as old as 15 can register for summer camps at Circus Juventas. Our Teen Adventure Camps is for ages 13-18.
We take up to 80 campers per day/week and have a ratio of 8:1 campers to coaches.
Yes, we do. Students who have previously enrolled in classes or camps at Circus Juventas are automatically notified. For new campers to get onto this mailing list, we recommend completing the PRE-REGISTRATION process A.S.A.P.
Online registration for summer camps opens in February and remains open until June 1. After June 1, registrations are taken via hard copy only. The hard copy registration form will be uploaded to this page of the website on June 1.
All CJ students are required to pay an annual, non-refundable $45 registration fee. This is the only additional cost outside of camp tuition.
We recommend paying in full at the time of registration, but require a deposit at the time of registration ($125 for week-long, $30 per day for samplers in addition to the $45 non-refundable, registration fee). All balances MUST be paid in full by May 1. Registrations received after May 1 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
For the 2019 season, week-long performance camps cost $405/week, sampler camps are $85/day or $50/half day, and the Teen Adventure Camp is $445/week.
Camps run in June and July. A camp day lasts from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
In terms of the structure of the day, there really is no difference between the two. The difference has to do mostly with scheduling and commitment of time: campers registered for a week-long performance camp commit to a full week of camp (Monday through Friday) and participate in a showcase performance for parents at the end of the week. Campers sign up for sampler camps on a pick and choose basis, so a full week commitment is not required. There is also a half-day (morning) option for the sampler camps.