Middle school students can participate in a free, five-day career exploration camp this summer through Northern!

Dakota Dreams at Northern offers incoming 7th and 8th grade students the chance to experience a week of college life and explore career paths through engaging activities and tours of area businesses and industries.

By week’s end, campers will have a better understanding of themselves, their future career interests, and how education can support their career dreams.


July 7-11 and July 14-18, 2024

(5 days/4 nights)   

*Registration is now closed


This grant-funded camp is free of charge! All activities, meals, and lodging during the event are provided, including four nights in Northern’s Great Plains East Residence Hall. 

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


The Dakota Dreams camp will take place on the campus of Northern State University and include a day trip to Lake Area Technical College and industry tours in and around Aberdeen.  

NSU Campus Map  


Campers will experience:

Find more details at Dakota Dreams.

Tentative Camp Schedule

Dakota Dreams NSU Camp Packing List

Amenities and Support

  • Campus dining facilities - all meals, snacks, and drinks included
  • Bus transportation to and from off-campus field trip sites
  • On-campus housing (four overnights) in Northern’s Great Plains East Residence Hall
  • Resident assistants on call
  • 24/7 counselor supervision
  • Recreational and social activities

Eligibility and Application

The Dakota Dreams camp registration is now closed!

Campers will be notified of acceptance through the email address provided at registration.  


For camper application questions, email careercamps@sdbor.edu.

For questions about Northern's camp, contact Eric Kline, Northern Academy director, at eric.kline@northern.edu or 605-626-2719.