By Wade Ellett, Let’s Move Quad Cities Outdoors Blogger
Summer camps are some of my fondest memories from my childhood, teen years, and even adulthood when I transitioned from a camper to a counselor.
Undoubtedly, there’s a camp right for your child or teen in the Quad Cities, and in this post, I’m going to help you start looking for it!
Nahant Marsh has become one of my go-to spots for a little relaxation, waterfowl observation, or some meditation time. It also hosts a number of great programs for all ages, including summer day camps that run from mid-June to the end of July. Try Turtles for Tots for ages 3-5, or Nature Adventure Camp with a section for ages 7-10 and another for 11-14.
To register or see the full schedule of EICC’s camps run by Eastern Iowa Community Colleges follow this link. Also, head over to Nahant Marsh’s website to learn more about their programs.
If you have kids age 6-12 who are interested in history as well as the great outdoors, consider trying out the immensely popular Young Pioneers Day Camp.
For 8 weeks from June to August, the Young Pioneers will explore different subjects of history, from “Down on the Farm,” to “Early American Sports,” and even “Wild West Week.”
Each week, campers will have the opportunity to take a field trip to an awesome sport nearby, like the University of Iowa Archaeology labs, Wildcat Den State Park, or Maquoketa Caves State Park.
They’ll also explore kindness and respectfulness through the camp theme, “Kindness Rocks,” as they make and share rocks in the Pioneer Village’s new “Kindness Rocks Garden.”
Click here to learn more and register for as many weeks as you like. These camps do tend to fill up quickly, so don’t wait too long!
You’ll find great day camp opportunities on both sides of the Mississippi River this summer!
Rock Island’s Parks and Recreation Department will host weekly adventure camps from June 5th to July 28th, with fun themes like, “Blast Off into Summer,” Animal Planet,” and “Urban Explorer.”
If your son or daughter is eager for more primitive skill building, check out Rock Island’s Parks and Rec’s Outdoor Survival Camp!
It sounds pretty exciting, and I’d love to participate myself, but it’s only for kids from age 9-14 (not 34 year olds who act 14, like myself). Your kids will kayak, learn fire-building skills, and learn about edible plants and building shelters. It runs from July 10-14, and is sure to be a good time.
You can learn more or register for Adventure Camps here, as well as learn about Rock Island Parks and Rec’s other great camps like Pickle ball Camp, Challenger British Soccer Camp, Soccer Camp, Multi Sports Camp, and Preschool Camp.
On the Iowa side of the River, Davenport Parks and Recreation also has a lot of exciting adventure camps in store.
From 6/12 to 8/18, campers age 6-12 can participate in a number of fun day camps. Examples include “The Great Outdoors,” where your daughter or son can go hiking, learn to use a compass, and explore the world around them; and “Camp Scene Investigation,” where campers will talk to the local Police and Fire Departments, find clues, and work together to solve a mystery.
For more information or to sign up, head over to the Davenport Parks and Recreation Website.
Camp Abe Lincoln sits just 15 minutes from downtown Davenport, but it feels like its own world – a world that has something for everyone! If you’re looking for a day camp or a traditional overnight camp where your child can grow and learn valuable skills, they’ve got you covered.
Additionally, Camp Abe Lincoln provides opportunities for your older kids too. Is your child interested in horsemanship? If so, Camp Abe Lincoln’s Resident Horse Camp, for ages 10-14 will really wow them! They’ll be able to focus on riding, but also on caring for horses. They’ll still get to immerse themselves in the camp experience, participating in cabin and group activities.
Teen camp, for teenagers for 13-15, will give your teen the chance to grow into a young adult alongside peers. They will work together on projects that will improve the camp for years to come. Of course, they’ll still get to share their favorite camp activities with their friends.
This year, Camp Abe Lincoln has partnered with River Music Experience to create a Music Camp from June 18-23. Your kids will spend the morning in a music program with RME staff, but will spend the afternoon engaging in traditional camp activities, like canoeing and archery.
Whatever camp experience you’re looking for, Camp Abe Lincoln can accommodate you, and they do offer financial assistance for those in need.
Of course, these are just a few of the options available to your child in the Quad City area. There are a lot of great camps, Quad City YMCA programs, and activities all summer long!
For more summer fitness ideas, check out Let’s Move Quad Cities Fitness Blogger and Mom, Aryn Lloyd’s 2017 QC Summer Family Fitness Ideas, too.
Have I missed your child’s favorite camp, or would you like to share information about a camp or activity that you think others would be interested in? Please share with us in the comments!
Have fun at camp!
P.S. These photos are courtesy of the wonderful organizations they represent!
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