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Unforgettable learning experiences that encourage, enrich and empower gifted youth.

July 19-24, 2020

The health and safety of campers is our primary focus. The 2020 South Dakota Governor’s Camp is currently scheduled to proceed as planned. Like you, we are continually monitoring COVID-19 developments. If it is determined that our camp should be canceled, we will issue campers a full refund (minus Ryzer card processing/convenience fees).

As an added safeguard our event offers Allianz Registration Protection insurance. For an additional fee, this insurance refunds your full registration fee if camp is held but you cannot attend or must leave early due to a covered injury or illness which includes COVID-19. Details can be found here. 

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If you have questions, we encourage you to contact us.


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The USD School of Education offers a week-long summer program for gifted students entering grades 6-9 in the fall of 2020 who want to expand their strengths and make lifelong friends. We believe each child is gifted in a unique way, and we welcome anyone who is eager to challenge themselves and build upon their talents.

The South Dakota Governor’s Camp is focused on STEAM education. Students who successfully complete sessions in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics will be eligible to receive a STEAM medal and will be recognized at the closing ceremony.

In addition to our STEAM class offerings, we have many sessions that will match your unique interests and talents. You'll get a taste of college life, eating with friends in the dining hall and living in USD dorms. You'll hear from inspiring speakers, and you will engage in a variety of team building and recreational activities.  

You'll go beyond the classroom and take hands-on courses in the subjects that interest you. Previous classes have included:

  • Robotics
  • Intro to Guitar
  • Bird Banding
  • Veterinary Dissection 
  • Visual Art
  • Intro to Acting
  • Yoga
  • Coding Projects
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • And many more!

Whether you're an aspiring scientist, a talented musician or still unsure, the South Dakota Governor's Camp program will help you discover and develop your passion.

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Cost: $555, all inclusive

Early registration cost, if registered by April 15: $515, all inclusive

By May 31, 2020 Full refund minus the non-refundable deposit amount
 June 1-July 1, 2020 50 percent of camp fees minus the non-refundable deposit amount
 After July 1, 2020 No refund