Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp 2017-07-23T23:27:53+00:00

A weeklong adventure takes place in four great locations across Dubuque. Activities include: the Four Mounds challenge ropes course, canoeing at the Mines of Spain, ecosystem adventures at Swiss Valley Nature Center and EB Lyons Interpretive Center, as well as swimming, creek stomping, hiking, team building, games, and arts and crafts projects.

About the Camp:

The camp runs Monday through Friday, from approximately 9am-4pm, but we provide before-care starting at 8:00 and after-care until 4:30. Children are required to bring a sack lunch; all other supplies are provided by the camp. Convenient pick-up and drop-off locations are at Prescott School and Allison Henderson Park. Transportation to the camp activities and locations is provided by the camp. We maintain a high staff to camper ratio of 1:5.

Dates to Remember:

  • 4-10-17 : Registration limited to income-qualifying families living in the City of Dubuque (Registration form and brochure – click here)
  • 5-1-17 : Student Letter and Permission Slip available (click here)
  • 5-19-17 : Registration open to all
  • 6-12-17: First week of camp commences

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the camp cost?

$145 per camper (price is reduced $20 from 2015)

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, check out the abridged brochure.

What ages can attend?

Children ages 7 through 13 can attend. (See the Schedule.)

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.

Changes implemented in 2016:

  • Lowered cost for participation
  • One-hour drop-off timeframe in the morning and a half-hour pickup timeframe in the afternoon, combined with child-care services at those locations, allows working families greater scheduling flexibility
  • Variety of age ranges allows families to meet the need of the camper
  • Campers grouped more closely together by age
  • Multiple improved systems to reduce possible weather cancellations

What is the schedule?

AGES Dates
Week 1 9-11 12-Jun thru 16-Jun
Week 2 10-12 19-Jun thru 23-Jun
Week 3 7-9 10-Jul thru 14-Jul
Week 4 8-10 17-Jul thru 21-Jul
Week 5 11-13 24-Jul thru 28-Jul

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 April 10th registration will open at 8:00 AM at the Leisure Services office at 2200 Bunker Hill, or by fax/email. 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 on or after May 19th, either in person or online.

What do I do to sign up?

Complete the 2017 Uptown Recreation—Registration Form 

  • Contact Leisure Services at (563) 589-4263
    2200 Bunker Hill Rd, or
  • Stop by the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall
    50 W. 13th St., or
  • Email [email protected], or
  • Fax 563-589-4391

Where can I get registration forms?

Registration forms are available at Bunker Hill, or by clicking here.

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

Please contact:
Chris Olson
563-543-3557
[email protected]