Dakota Dreams Career Exploration Summer Camps

    Open to all incoming 7th and 8th grade students who are South Dakota residents or attend a South Dakota school.

    Stay tuned for details on next year's camps!

    Middle school students will have an opportunity to participate in FREE, five-day career exploration camps this summer. Hosted on three South Dakota college campuses, the camps will allow incoming 7th and 8th grade students to experience at least 10 different career paths.

    Students will be immersed in engaging, hands-on learning. Throughout the week, they will spend time on university and technical college campuses and visit area businesses and industry. By week’s end, campers will have a better understanding of themselves, their career interests, and how their K-12 education prepares them for professions.

    Campers will experience:

     10 career paths through hands-on learning.

     Three full days on a university campus.

     A day trip to an area technical college.

     Afternoon tours of area business and industry.

    Transportation to and from off-campus field trip sites.

    On-campus housing (four nights) in a university residential hall.

    Campus dining facilities (all meals, snacks, and drinks included).

    Evening recreational and social activities.

    24/7 counselor supervision.


    Summer 2022, there will be four career camps for students to choose from hosted at universities and technical colleges across the state. Learn more about what makes each unique.


    June 26-30, 2022
    Black Hills State University 

    Career pathways to be explored at this camp (tentative):

    • Teacher Education
    • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Metallurgical Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Business Management
    • Tourism & Hospitality Management
    • Accounting
    • Financial Analyst
    • Marketing

    Black Hills State University will partner with South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Western Dakota Technical College to provide this camp.

    More information!

    June 26-30, 2022
    University of South Dakota

    Career pathways to be explored at this camp (tentative):

    • Finance & Accounting 
    • Business Management & Marketing
    • Health Sciences & Nursing (including social work and addiction counseling)
    • Engineering (biomedical engineering, human factors, and computer science) 
    • Law & Criminal Justice 
    • Graphic Design & Marketing 
    • Fine Arts Education (art, music) 
    • Teacher Education
    • Digital Media Production 

    The University of South Dakota will partner with Southeast Technical College to provide this camp.

    More information!

    July 24-28, 2022
    South Dakota State University

    Career pathways to be explored at this camp (tentative):

    • Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Agriculture
    • Economics/Agricultural Business
    • Health Sciences
    • Teacher Education
    • Aviation
    • Natural Sciences
    • Robotics
    • Nursing 

    South Dakota State University will partner with Lake Area Technical College to provide this camp.

    More information!

    July 24-28, 2022
    Dakota State University

    Career pathways to be explored at this camp (tentative):

    • Teacher Education
    • Exercise Science/Health & Wellness
    • Cyber Operations
    • Digital Arts
    • Physical Science
    • Health Information Management
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Business: Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing
    • Computer Information Systems/Project Management

    Dakota State University with partner with Mitchell Technical College to provide this camp.

    More information!

    Sample Camp Schedule

     

    Arrive at Noon – Check-in
    Parents Luncheon – Overview of Program, Schedule, and Activities
    Student Lunch, Ice Breaker Activity
    Career Pathway Session
    Career Pathway Session
    Dinner
    Recreational and Social Activities
    Breakfast
    Career Pathway Session
    Career Pathway Session
    Lunch
    Business/Industry Tours
    Dinner
    Recreational and Social Activities
    Breakfast
    Transportation to Technical College
    Welcome
    Career Pathway Session
    Lunch
    Career Pathway Session
    Business/Industry Tours
    Dinner
    Recreational and Social Activities
    Breakfast
    Career Pathway Session
    Career Pathway Session
    Lunch
    Business/Industry Tour
    Dinner
    Recreational and Social Activities
    Breakfast
    Career Pathway Session
    Career Pathway Session
    Conclude at 11:30 a.m.

    In summer 2022, camp capacity was expanded from an originally anticipated 150 students to a total of 300, due to the high level of interest expressed by students and families. This was achieved by increasing camper numbers at the SDSU and USD camps to 100 each. Further, an additional 50 campers were served at Dakota Dreams Career Camp at DSU, in partnership with MTC. The DSU camp opportunity was only offered to waitlisted applicants.

    This opportunity is being funded with federal dollars available to the South Dakota Department of Education through the American Rescue Plan.