Day camp participants learn about water safety during camp!

Day camp participants learn about water safety during camp!

Every summer, St. Joseph’s Indian School hosts a summer day camp as a part of our outreach programs for Lakota (Sioux) youth on the Lower Brule and Crow Creek Indian Reservations. The camp takes place on St. Joseph’s campus the first four weeks following Memorial Day.

This year’s camp began on May 31. We were very excited to welcome children from local Native American reservations to our campus for days packed full of activities! Everyone had a fantastic time!

The children were picked up each morning by St. Joseph’s bus and brought back to campus for a day of fun and excitement. They spent the day with St. Joseph’s staff doing things like:

  • Making dreamcatchers in Lakota Studies
  • Playing games such as softball, kickball, basketball skills/drills, thunder ball, dodge ball and capture the flag.
  • Swimming every day at St. Joseph’s Rec Center
  • Arts and crafts
  • Learning about their Native American heritage by visiting the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center
Much fun is had at St. Joseph’s Rising Eagle Day Camp!

Much fun was had at St. Joseph’s Rising Eagle Day Camp!

Each day, students enjoyed lunch on campus and spent time on the playground. After a snack and some time to reflect on the day, students were bussed back home.

In 2017, St. Joseph’s Indian School’s Rising Eagle Day Camp:

  • served 1,000 Lakota children from surrounding Indian reservations
  • provided 2,603 breakfasts, nutritious lunches, beverages and snacks to hungry little campers
  • drove 1,200+ miles safely transporting Native American children to and from the reservations
  • provided Lakota studies classes, arts & crafts, swimming and outside recreational activities every day

Wopila tankamany thanks — for helping St. Joseph’s reach out and provide hope to Lakota (Sioux) children all year long!


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