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 or daily sampler day camps are led by an internationally renowned troupe of coaches in our award-winning big top, and 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 two types of Summer Camp options: Performance Week Camps and Sampler Camps. Both options provide experience of ALL genres of the circus arts: Aerial, Acrobatics, Balance, Juggling and Theatre. All camps run 9am-3:45pm and are for ages 6-15. Students are assigned groups based on age. Buddy requests are available.
Take a look at the FAQs below to learn more about the differences between Performance Week and Sampler Camps.
2018 Performance Week Camps ($405/week)
2018 Sampler Camps ($85/day)
July 2, 3, 5-6 (No camp offered on July 4)
Check out last year’s 2017 Summer Camp Guide:
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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!
Weeklong campers participate in an end-of-week showcase for their parents/guardians. The performance takes place at 3 p.m. on Friday.
No. We ask that parents/guardians drop off campers no earlier than 8:45 a.m. and pick up no later than 4:15 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. Circus Juventas provides access to a vending machine but does not provide lunch for snacks for the campers.
Since summer camp registrations are processed on a rolling basis (from early January to early May) it may take as long as several weeks to receive a confirmation from our staff.
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 the Kate with questions: Kate@CircusJuventas.org
Campers who voluntarily withdraw from camp before May 1 are refunded all but the deposit of $125 for Weeklong 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, s/he 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 one buddy 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 will 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 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.
When campers arrive between 8:45 and 9 am, they are led through a short warm-up then divided into groups. These groups (which remain the same for Weeklong 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 between 3:45 – 4 pm. Weeklong 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.
We take up to 70 campers per day/week.
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 January and remains open until May 1. After May 1, registrations are taken via hard copy only.
All CJ students are required to pay an annual, non-refundable $40 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 Weeklong, $30 per day for Samplers in addition to the $40 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 2018 season, week-long Performance Camps cost $405/week and Sampler Camps are $85/day.
Camps run in June and July. A camp day lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 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 Weeklong 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.