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.


    Overview

    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 overnights) in a university residential hall.
    • Campus dining facilities (all meals, snacks, and drinks included).
    • Evening recreational and social activities.
    • 24/7 counselor supervision.

    In Summer 2022, three camps will be offered for students to choose from hosted at universities across the state. Learn more about what makes each unique in the camps tabs.

                June 26-30, 2022 – Black Hills State University

                June 26-30, 2022 – University of South Dakota

                July 24-28, 2022 – South Dakota State University

    Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2022. 50 campers will be accepted for each camp. If limited seats, preference will be given to students with need.

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

    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.

    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 to come!

    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 to come!

    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 to come!


    Eligibility

    Students going into 7th or 8th grade that attend a South Dakota school or are South Dakota residents.

    Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2022. 50 campers will be accepted for each camp. If limited seats, preference will be given to students with need. Questions can be directed to Careercamps@sdbor.edu.

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