A week-long adventure takes place in four great locations throughout Dubuque. Fun-filled activities include the Four Mounds Challenge Ropes Course, canoeing on Catfish Creek at Mines of Spain, ecosystem adventures at Swiss Valley Nature Center and the EB Lyons Interpretive Center. Campers will also enjoy swimming, creek-stomping, hiking, team building exercises, arts and crafts, and games.

Camp Details:

Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with an option of before- and after-care extending hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children are required to bring a sack lunch. All other supplies and safety equipment are provided by the camp, including life vests. Convenient pick-up and drop-off locations at Fulton School and Allison-Henderson Park. We maintain a high staff to camper ratio of at least one staffer for every five campers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the camp cost?

$145 per camper

What if I can’t afford it?

If you are an income-qualifying family and live in Dubuque, it is free. To see if you qualify, see the City of Dubuque Parks & Recreation Activities Brochure.

What ages can attend?

Children ages 7 through 13 can attend.

How many weeks can I sign my child up for?

Each child may only register for 1 week.

How many campers will be attending each week?

The camp is limited to 25 campers each week.

What if there is a rain date? Will it be made up?

We will offer a make-up day if we have to cancel one or more days in a week, but we’ve made lots of changes during the camp day and schedule to prevent cancellations.

When can I sign my camper up?

On Monday, April 16 for income-qualified residents, registration will open at 9:00 a.m. at the Leisure Services Office at 2200 Bunker Hill. Financial assistance is available for children in need wishing to attend who are Dubuque residents.

Families who do not qualify for assistance and/or live outside Dubuque city limits can register starting on May 6 in the office at Lesisure Services. There is no online registration for this program.

How do I sign up?

Pick up a brochure at City Hall, Carnegie-Stout Library, the Port of Dubuque Marina or the Multicultural Family Center. Sign up at:

  • Leisure Services at 2200 Bunker Hill Rd. Or call 563-589-4263
  • City Clerk’s Office, City Hall at 50 W. 13th Street

Where can I get registration forms?

Go to: City of Dubuque Parks & Recreation Activities Brochure

What if I have additional questions? Who should I contact?

Please contact:
Jill Courtney
[email protected]

Important Dates:

  • April 15, 2019: Registration open to income-qualifying families living in the City of Dubuque
  • May 6, 2019: Registration open to all
  • June 17 – June 21: First week of camp for 7-9 years
  • July 8 – July 12: Week of camp for 9-11 years
  • July 22 – July 26: Week of camp for 11-13 years

Want to join us as a camp counselor? Contact us.