Class Registration - Mankato Community Education and Recreation

Youth Recreation

Hosting a variety of individual and team activities including Saturday Morning Sports, archery, Summer Playgrounds and aquatics for children ages PK-5th.


Certified NASP Instructors
4 sessions - Grades 4-12
Lincoln Community Center

Beginning Archery
Course #: 8514s
Dates: June 5-8
Times: 9- 10:15 am

Intermediate Archery
Course #: 8515s
Dates: June 5- 8
Times: 10:20- 11:35 am

Teen Archery
Course #: 8516s
Dates: June 5- 8
Times: 10:20- 11:35 am

Cougar Volleyball Camp

Grade 4 & 5: Course # 8025-1s -$25 Mon- Thu, Jun 25-28; 1-2 pm -PWMS

Grade 6-8: Course # 8025-2s -$40 Mon-Thu, Jun 25-28; 11-1 pm -PWMS

Grade 9-12: Course # 8025-3s -$50 Mon-Thu, Jun 25-28; 8-11am -PWMS 

East Boys HS Summer Basketball Camp

Course # 8055s - $30
Mon-Thu, Jun 18-21; 5-8 pm - EHS

East Boys Summer Elem/JH Basketball Camp

Grades 1 - 2
Course # 8056-1s - $30
Mon-Thu, Jul 30 - Aug 2; 5-6:00 pm - PWMS

Grades 3-4
Course # 8056-2s - $30
Mon-Thu, Jul 30 - Aug 2; 6:10-7:30 pm - PWMS

Grades 5-8
Course # 8056-3s - $65
Mon-Thu, Ju1 30 - Aug 2; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - PWMS

East Football Camp

Grades 3-6:
Course # 8015-1s - $45
Mon-Wed, Jul 23-25; 2-3:30 pm - EHS

Grades 7-9:
Course # 8015-2s - $60
Mon-Thu, Jul 23-26; 4-6 pm - EHS

Grades 10-12:
Course # 8015-3s - $35
Mon-Thu, Jul 16-19; 6-8 pm - EHS

Experience the Great Outdoors

Scott Kudelka & CER Staff
2 sessions- Entering Grades 3-6

Put down the video games this summer and come enjoy the Great Outdoors! This two-day camp offers youth the opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor activities including digital photography, animal tracks &signs, wilderness survival, water quality and fishing within the MN River. Participants will be able to build self-confidence, learn how to work as a team, develop critical thinking skills and gain a sense of respect for the environment. All activities will be taught by Minneopa State Park Naturalist, Scott Kudelka along with CER staff. Don’t miss your chance to experience the Great Outdoors!

In the event of weather-related cancellation, makeup date will be held on Wed, Aug 2. Class will meet in the park shelter nearest the Minnesota River and baseball diamonds.

Course # 8907s - $30
Mon-Tue, Jul 30-Jul 31; 9 am-12 pm - Sibley Park


Scott Kudelka & CER Staff
2 sessions- Entering Grades 3-5

Come find your inner explorer! In this new and exciting camp, students will be given the opportunity to participate in one of the most up-and-coming outdoor recreation activities!
Geocaching is the modern-day version of a treasure hunt that can be done in groups of all sizes and encourages team building and togetherness! The two-day camp will focus on the basics of geocaching using GPS units and the Internet to find caches with the assistance of Scott Kudelka, Minneopa State Park Naturalist. Students will travel around the Lincoln Community Center neighborhoods to find caches as well as create their own caches for others to find! Please wear tennis shoes, as there will
be a lot of walking as we search for treasure!

Course # 8906s - $25
Tue-Wed, Jul 17, 18; 9 am-12 pm - LCC-Rm 152

Mankato West Football Strength & Conditioning

This program welcomes participants going into 7th-12th grade and is aimed at improving overall physical strength and anaerobic fitness. Emphasis will be on perfection of techniques in lifting, running, agility, and plyometrics. The program focuses on creating or enhancing explosiveness for athletes in all sports and at all levels. This workout program is totally optional. Course # 8115s - $40   WHS Monday, Wednesday, Friday, June 4-August 3 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Mankato West Scarlet Football Youth Camp

Join the Scarlet coaching staff, current and former Scarlet players at football camp this summer! Offensive and defensive fundamentals will be highlighted at this non-contact camp open to all interested athletes. This camp features individual teaching time, along with team sessions that will culminate in competitive 7 on 7 game situations. This camp is for those who are interested in sharpening their football skills. Workout clothing will be required (shorts, t-shirt, and football shoes or other appropriate footwear). No helmets or pads will be needed. Come join us and learn the Scarlet offense and defense! 

Course # 8117s- $60

Monday-Wednesday, July 30-August 1
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM - West Practice Football Field

Mankato West Volleyball Camp

The Mankato West Volleyball program will be hosting the sixth annual Youth Volleyball Camp this summer. It is available for any female student entering grades 4-9 for the 2018-2019 school year and attending schools on the West side. This camp is a great opportunity for any student interested in learning more about the sport of volleyball. Our camp is for the first time athlete or for the more advances athlete wanting to enhance her volleyball skills. This camp is also a great opportunity to prepare for the fall season as a West volleyball athlete. The camp will focus on teaching the fundamentals of volleyball, the meaning of teamwork, and having fun through competitive drills and new experiences. Each student-athlete will participate in stations, team drills, and competition. 

Course # 8125s - $50 Grades 4-6

Monday-Thursday, June 25-June 28

3:30 PM- 5:30 PM - DMMS

Course # 8126s - $50 Grades 7-9

Monday-Thursday, June 25-June 28

6:00 PM- 7:30 PM - DMMS  

Minnesota River Paddle

Scott Kudelka & CER Staff
1 session- Entering Grades 6-8

Here is a perfect chance to learn how to paddle a canoe and learn about some of the history, culture and natural world of the Minnesota River. We provide the canoes along with paddles, life jackets and an experienced guide. This is an ideal program for students who want to learn about water quality and the natural resources of the river.

Course # 8910s - $25
Tue, Aug 7; 10 am

MNSU Rock Climbing Camp

Reach new heights at rock climbing camp this summer at MNSU! This skills camp is a great introduction to the sport of rock climbing! Learn the basics of top-rope rock climbing on MNSU’s state-of-the-art outdoor climbing pinnacle and indoor climbing wall. You will be led and instructed by the MNSU Adventure Education Program staff on basic climbing movement, general equipment, climbing commands, basic climbing knots, and will play some climbing games. This session is a great way to learn and get involved in a challenging, active and rewarding sport! All equipment is provided.

Course #: 8535-1s  Grades 4 & 5

Tue- Fri, Jun 5- 8; 8-11 a.m

Course #: 8535-2s  Grades 5 & 6

Tue- Fri, Jun 12- 15; 12-4 pm

Course #: 8535-3s  Grades 6 & Up

Tue- Fri, Jun 19- 22; 9 am- 12 pm

MNSU Summer Adventure Camp

Are you the adventurous type? Do you enjoy challenging yourself to try new things? This adventure camp is like none other in Mankato! Get to know the other people in your group and work together to conquer new heights on MNSU’s High Ropes Course, 40 feet off the ground! Camp will include rock climbing on MNSU’s state-of-the-art rock walls, challenge course elements, games and various teambuilding challenges! Participants will be challenged individually and together as a group, learning how to work as a team. You will be led and instructed by the MNSU Adventure Education Program staff, teaching you the equipment, knots and skills to help you be successful as you test yourself high up in the air!

Course #: 8536s

Tue- Fri, Jul 10- 13; 1- 5 p.m

Saturday Morning Sports--Flag Football

Flag Football - 5 sessions Grades K-4

Sat, Sept 8- Oct 6

Community Athletic Fields (1101 Heron Drive)

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 21st 

Saturday Morning Sports--T-ball

June 2-23
4 sessions

Entering grades K-2

Washington Elementary-Diamonds 1-2

Registration Deadline: Tuesday May 15th

Saturday Morning Sports-Pre K T-Ball

Entering Pre-K Kindergarten 2017
June 2-23
4 sessions

Registration Deadline Tuesday, May 15

Washington Elementary-Diamond 3

Speed & Strength

Speed & Strength camp is designed to work on an athletes's speed, strength and explosion. All three are vital for any athlete in any sport. Speed & Strength camp is non-specific and any athlete can join. Using a combination of weight and resistance training, along with flexibility, balance and mechanics, this camp is designed to increase all athletes' Speed & Strength.

Tennis in the Park

Youth tennis lessons will be held all summer long in public parks all around the Greater Mankato Area. Players should wear tennis shoes, bring water and their own racquet. We will have racquets if you are unable to provide your own racquet. Courses run Monday through Thursday for two-week sessions; Fridays will be sued as makeup days if there are any cancelations during the week.

Session 1: June 18 - 28 (Alexander Park & Prairie Winds Middle Schooll)
Session 2: July 9 - 19 (King Arthur & Ray Erlandson)
Session 3: July 30 - Aug 9 (East & West High schools)

Track and Field

It’s back by popular demand—the summer track & field program! Coach Scott Carlson and a host of other track coaches from East and West High School programs are gearing up to offer your child a FUN & CHALLENGING summer track & field experience! We will distribute many ribbons at the citywide meet. Each participant will also receive a track program t-shirt. You simply cannot miss your chance to begin building your track skills . . . or better yet, just to have fun outdoors! Register early—only the first 115 athletes accepted at each site. Rain or threatening weather conditions cancel track. For up-to-date announcements on weather-related cancellations, call our hotline 507-387-8824.

City-wide Track Meet: Thursday, June 21,
Mankato East HS Track—5 p.m. start time!

No practice the day of the city-wide track meet unless a rainout date occurs.

West Boys Basketball Camp

Basketball camp to help young players develop skills in shooting, ball handling, rebounding, passing and defense. Individual and team fundamentals will be included.

Grades 4- 6
Course # 8155-1s - $65
Mon-Thu, Jun 18-21; 9-12 am - DMMS

Grades 7- 9
Course # 8155-2s - $65
Mon-Thu, Jun 18-21; 1 pm- 4 pm- DMMS

West Girls Basketball Camp

You are invited to join the Mankato West girls basketball coaching staff and players for our annual summer camp! Through a variety of drills and competitions, new and returning athletes will learn and practice skills needed to have success on the court. Core program values such as teamwork, communication and hustle will be taught and demonstrated. Participants should be willing to try new skills, work hard, and have fun. We hope you can join us!

Grades K-2:
Course # 8150-1s - FREE
Mon-Thu, Jun 11-14; 8-9 am - DMMS

Grades 9-12:
Course # 8150-2s - $40
Mon-Thu, Jun 11-14; 9:30-11:30 am - DMMS

Grades 3-5:
Course # 8150-3s - $40
Mon-Thu, Jun 11-14; 12-1:30 pm - DMMS

Grades 6-8:
Course # 8150-4s - $40
Mon-Thu, Jun 11-14; 1:30-3:30 pm - DMMS

Youth Introduction to Golf

4 sessions- Entering Grades 4-8

This is a great opportunity for boys and girls to learn about and try the game of golf. This introduction to golf will cover many of the basic essential tools to play the game. We will provide all the equipment needed. Included in the fee is access to the driving range, putting/chipping green, range balls, and rental clubs.
June 4, 11, 18, 25

Course # 8901-1s - 9:00 - 10:00 am $35 - Minneopa Golf Club

Course # 8901- 2s- 10:15- 11:15 am $35- Minneopa Golf Club

Youth Pickleball

3 Sessions

Grade 3-6

Tourtellotte Park
July 9- 11; 9- 10 a.m.