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The health and safety of campers is the top priority of the South Dakota Governor’s Camp. Out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 South Dakota Governor’s Camp that was scheduled for July 19-24. We hope that this early notice gives campers and families ample time to adjust their summer plans. As a result of this cancellation, scholarships will not be awarded this year, and we encourage applicants to apply again next year. Consistent with Ryzer’s refund policy, all participants will receive a full refund minus Ryzer’s processing fee. If camp insurance was purchased, a separate refund from Allianz will be issued for the amount of your camp insurance plan.

We apologize for the inconvenience this cancellation may cause, but sincerely hope that your family stays safe and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you next year at the 2021 South Dakota Governor’s Camp!


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The USD School of Education offers a week-long summer program for gifted students entering grades 6-9 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.

Cost: $555, all inclusive

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

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