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Dakota Dreams


Applications are now closed for both camps!

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DATES: 2024 Dakota Dreams Camps 

Camp #1:  (10AM) - (NOON) 5 days/4 nights

Camp #2:  (10AM) - (NOON) 5 days/4 nights


BHSU Campus (Spearfish, SD) and Black Hills Region (SD Mines, WDTC, & Business/Industry Visits)


Bordeaux Hall, 1200 University St, Spearfish, SD 57799 map


Incoming 7th or 8th grade; must be a resident of South Dakota or attend a public school within South Dakota.


FREEThis opportunity is being funded with federal dollars available to the South Dakota Department of Education through the American Rescue Plan.


Our Dakota Dreams (https://ourdakotadreams.com/launch-your-dream/summer-camps/https://ourdakotadreams.com/)

100 campers will be accepted for each camp session and notified by mid-April. Seats are limited, preference will be given to students with need. Questions regarding the application can be directed to CareerCamps@SDBOR.edu. Any questions specifically about this BHSU camp can be directed to Jin Kim, Director of Career Development (BHSU) and BHSU Dakota Dreams Summer Career Exploration Camps Coordinator at Careers@BHSU.edu.


The South Dakota Board of Regents is offering week-long career exploration camps on campuses for incoming 7th and 8th grade students in Summer 2023. This is a FREE camp thanks to a grant by the South Dakota Department of Education, the South Dakota Board of Technical Education, and the South Dakota Board of Regents!

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Campers will be immersed in a week of ‘college life’ designed to explore career paths through engaging activities and tours of area business and industry. By the end of this five-day residential camp, students will have a better understanding of themselves, their personal career interests, and how education connects to these professions.

Campers will experience:


Day 1 (Sunday)

11:00 AM - NOON Check In/Drop Off at Bordeaux Hall BHSU

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Student and Parent Luncheon at the Hive Dining Center

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Student and Parent Orientation at Location TBA

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Career Pathway Session(s), BHSU

5:30 PM Dinner at the Hive Dining Center

7:00 PM HYPE! by Noah Sonie!, BHSU

9:00 PM Room Checks

Day 2 (Monday)

7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast at the Hive Dining Center

8:00 AM Transportation to Western Dakota Technical College (Rapid City, SD)

9:30-10:10 AM (Rotating Sessions Group 1: Computer Science (CIP 110101)

10:15-10:55 AM (Rotating Sessions Group 2: Environmental Engineering Technician (CIP 03.0104)

11:00-11:40 AM (Rotating Sessions Group 3: Nursing - Practical & Registered Nursing (CIP513801)

11:45-1:00 PM WDTC Recap & Lunch (Lunch provided by WDTC Dining Services)

NOON - 1:00 PM Lunch (Lunch provided by Sodexo, BHSU Dining Services )

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM The Monument Tour (Rapid City, SD)

3:00 PM The Journey Museum (Rapid City, SD)

5:30 PM Dinner at the Hive Dining Center

7:00 PM Movie Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (Camp 1) and Elemental (Camp 2) at Northern Hills Cinema, Spearfish, SD

9:00 PM Room Checks

Day 3 (Tuesday)

7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast at the Hive Dining Center

8:00 AM Transportation to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Rapid City, SD)

9:00 AM - 9:40 (Rotating Session #1) Chemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences with Dr. Zhu (CB 204E)

9:45 AM - 10:25 AM (Rotating Session #2) Materials and Metallurgical Engineering with Dr. West (CB 204W)

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM (Rotating Session #3) Chemical Engineering with Dr. Donovan and Dr. Walker (CB 206 E)

11:15 AM - 11:55 PM (Rotating Session #4) Campus Tour (CB 206W)

NOON - 1:00 PM Lunch at Hardrocker Cafe at SD Mines

1:30 PM - 4:30 Reptile Gardens (Rapid City, SD)

5:30 PM Dinner at the Hive Dining Center

7:00 PM Private Pool Party at Night! at Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center

9:00 PM Room Checks

Day 4 (Wednesday)

7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast at the Hive Dining Center

8:00AM-NOON Career Pathway Rotating Sessions, BHSU

NOON - 12:45 PM Lunch (The Hive Dining Center, BHSU)

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM My Masterpiece with Evan Struck!

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Neiman Industries (Spearfish, SD)

4:05 PM - 4:30 PM Free Time!!

5:30 PM Dinner at the Hive Dining Center

7:00 PM Speed Painting with Evan Struck!, BHSU

9:00 PM Room Checks

Day 5 (Thursday)

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast at the Hive Dining Center, BHSU

8:00 AM - NOON Career Pathways Sessions, BHSU

NOON Campers Depart at  Bordeaux Hall BHSU

CAREER PATHWAYS Career Pathways - SDBOR Booklet
  • Computer Science (CIP 110101), WDTC

  • Nursing - Practical & Registered Nursing (CIP 513801), WDTC

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering (CIP 140501), SD Mines

  • Chemical Engineering (CIP 140701), SD Mines

  • Metallurgical Engineering (CIP 142001), SD Mines

  • Teacher Education (CIP Series 13), BHSU

  • Business Management (CIP 520201), BHSU

  • Tourism and Hospitality Management (CIP 5209), BHSU

  • Accounting (CIP 520301), BHSU

  • Financial Analyst (CIP 520801), BHSU

  • Marketing (CIP 521401), BHSU

  • Entrepreneurship (CIP 520799), BHSU

  • Genetics (CIP 26.0806) & Animal Genetics (CIP 26.0804), BHSU

  • Zoology/Animal Biology (CIP 26.0701), BHSU

  • Plant Sciences, General (CIP 01.1101), BHSU

  • Forest Sciences and Biology (CIP 03.0502), BHSU

  • Environmental Science (CIP 03.0104), BHSU

  • Geology/Earth Science, General (CIP 40.0601) & Hydrology & Water Resources (CIP 40.0605), BHSU

  • Biochemistry (CIP 23.0202), BHSU

  • Behavioral Sciences (CIP 44.0000), BHSU



  • Medication: Prescription medication administered by staff must be individually bagged or contained per administration (separate bag of medication for morning and evening for each day).
  • Actual prescription bottle/container/box must be provided during check-in.
  • Personal Care Items (vitamins, glasses/contacts, personal assistance items, etc.)
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, loofah/bath scrubbies, toothbrush, and toothpaste, etc.)
  • Extra blankets and pillows if you wish to have more
  • You may decide to bring your own towel/washcloth, however please do not mix yours with the ones provided!
  • Extra money for gift shops and personal items!

Clothing  (For 5 days)

  • Light jackets/Sweaters
  • Long pants REQUIRED (minimal holes)
  • Closed-toed shoes are REQUIRED (due to safety in employer site visits)
  • Undergarments and Socks
  • Athletic wear including shoes for recreational activities
  • Swimwear and Towel
  • Nightwear

Linen Package

  • 2 - flat sheets, 1 - light blanket, 1 - pillow, 1 - pillowcase, 1 - towel, & 1 - washcloth for each camper

All meals

  • 4 - Breakfasts, 4 - Lunches, 4 - Dinners +Snacks & Refreshments

Transportation & admission costs to all employer, recreational, and social activities



Dr. Cynthia Anderson, Dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences, Director of WestCore, Associate Director of the Center of the Conservation of Biological Resources, Program Coordinator for the South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, Professor of Biology - Genetics, BHSU

Dr. Amy Asunskis, Lecturer of Chemistry, BHSU-RC

Dr. Dan Asunskis, Chair of the Business and Natural Sciences, Associate Professor of Chemistry, BHSU

Dr. Yun-Seok Choi, Master of Science in Integrative Genomics Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Integrative Genomics - Protein Engineering, BHSU

Dr. Susan Dana, Professor of Law

Dr. Abigail Domagall, Associate Professor of Geology, BHSU

Dr. Katrina J Donovan, Lecturer of Materials and Metallurgical Engineer, SD Mines

Dr. MaryAnne Fleury, Assistant Professor of Special Education, BHSU

Dr. Austin Garren, Assistant Professor of Forestry, BHSU

Dr. Oxana Gorbatenko, Serves in WestCore and the Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources, Researcher II of Genetics and Genomics, BHSU

Dr. Michael Hollingsworth, Assistant Professor of Human Services, BHSU

Dr. Katrina Jensen, Honors Program Director, Associate Professor of Chemistry, BHSU

Dr. Rudia Kihura, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, BHSU

Dr. Lesleigh Owen, Lecturer of Sociology, BHSU-RC

Dr. Matthew Pawlus, Assistant Professor of Biology - Molecular Biology, Stem Cells/Regenerative Medicine, BHSU

Laura Prosser, Assistant Professor of Accounting, BHSU

Dr. Justin Ramsey, Associate Professor of Plant Biology, BHSU

Dr. Tara Ramsey, Research Associate and Instructor of Plant Biology, BHSU

Teresa Schazenbach, Instructor of Tourism and Hospitality Management, BHSU

Jill Schilling, Lecturer of Geology, BHSU

Dr. Wendy Stewman, Assistant Professor of Special Education

Dr. Travis W Walker, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, SD Mines

Dr. Michael K West, Department Head and Associate Professor of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, SD Mines

Dr. Zhengtao Zhu, Professor of Chemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences, SD Mines



BHSU Marketing

Dr. John Allred, VP of Enrollment Management, BHSU

Scott Bass, Agent, Bass Schuler Entertainment

Don Coble, Director of Budget, BHSU

Korbyn Coyle, Graduate Student studying under Dr. Dan Asunskis and Jill Schilling

Zach Davis, Graduate Student studying under Dr. Yun-Seok Choi

Julie Hinker, Guest Lecturer for Entrepreneurship, BHSU

Cassie Maser, HR Coordinator, BHSU

Ellie Moore, Graduate Student studying under Dr. Matthew Pawlus

Noah Nnabuo, Graduate Student studying under Dr. Dan Asunskis

Nancy Shuck, Senior Secretary of Residence Life, BHSU

Noah Sonie, Illusionist and Mentalist

Laramie Sotelo, Peer and Internship Coordinator in Career Development, BHSU

Evan Struck, Speed Painter!

Brittani Webb, Assistant Director of Admissions, SD Mines

Rachel Wolfson, Office Manager, Bass Schuler Entertainment



Future Our Dakota Dreams Summer Career Exploration Camps are determinant upon funding. At this time, there are no plans for 2025 or future camps, however please stay connected via this site for updates!
CONTACT US Have questions, comments, or concerns? Contact Career Development by emailing Careers@BHSU.edu or by calling 605.642.6269.

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