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 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 and how can I sign my camper up?
PRE-REGISTRATION — MAY 5-8, 2021
Pre-registration will take place in-person at the Comiskey building (255 E. 24th St.) on Wednesday, May 5 through Friday, May 7 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and on Saturday, May 8, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This pre-registration is for income qualifying families looking to apply for scholarships and register for summer programs.
ONLINE — BEGINS MAY 10, 2021
Register with a MasterCard or Visa at www.cityofdubuque.org/recreation. A small convenience fee is charged by the hosting company. This fee is non-refundable.
MAIL, DROP-BOX, E-MAIL, OR FAX — BEGINS MAY 10, 2021
1) Mail to Leisure Services Department, 2200 Bunker Hill Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001-3010,
2) fill out the forms on pages 6 and 8 of the Leisure Services Summer Brochure and e-mail to [email protected],
3) fax to (563) 589-4391, or
4) drop-off in one of the drop-boxes located outside the MFC (1101 Central Ave.) and Bunker Hill (2200 Bunker Hill Rd.)
*If paying by check, please make checks payable to Leisure Services. To protect your personal information, if you choose to mail in, email, fax, or drop off forms and pay with a credit card, staff will call you at the contact number provided to process payment. Do not write your credit card information on forms.
Programs limited to a certain number of participants will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Any mail, fax, e-mail, or drop-box registrations received prior to the registration start date, will be input at random starting the next full business day following the registration start date. You will receive a confirmation receipt within two weeks via e-mail or postal mail. Fees may be paid by credit card, cash, or check; make checks payable to Leisure Services Department.
For more information on camp details, see the Leisure Services Summer Brochure.
What if I have additional questions? Who should I contact?