Summer Programs

Educational, hands-on activities

Keep school-age youth interested and engaged!

Costs are kept low so everyone can attend.

Summer Day Camps For Youth

Iowa State Extension and Outreach Linn County 4-H offers quality summer day camps in our community. The day-long camps (9:00 am-3:00 pm) are educational, interactive, and sure to keep your child's attention. Registration begins March 1st for our 2024 summer camps. Limited number of spots are available for each camp.

Registration fee is $30 per one day camp. Participants should bring a lunch for each camp day. Snacks and all activity supplies are included. We offer quality, affordable programs and don't want cost to be a barrier - financial assistance is available. Apply here

Registration deadline is 2 weeks prior to camp date. Many camp dates fill quickly so don't delay in signing up! 

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Please contact linn4h@iastate.edu if you need to cancel your program registration. A partial refund will be offered if cancellation is received more than 2 weeks prior to the program start date. Refund will be the camp cost - $5 processing fee. If cancellation is made less than 2 weeks before the program start date, no refund will be given. 

Accommodations: As part of its mission to serve all Iowans, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide reasonable accommodations to its “policies, practices, or procedures” when the accommodations are necessary to provide equal access to programming to participants with a qualifying disability. Please contact linn4h@iastate.edu for more information.

*4-H summer programs at the Hiawatha Public Library are mini-camps (3 hours). These camps are offered FREE OF CHARGE thanks to sponsorship from the Hiawatha Public Library. Participants must register with the link next to the camp date in the table below.

2024 4-H Day Camp Registration

Camps are designed for youth in specific grade ranges. Please register your child based on the grade they completed.

Date

Camp Theme

Location

Registration

June 12 Robo Loco (K-2nd) Thomas Park, Marion Join the waitlist!
June 13 Art Explosion (K-2nd) Wickiup Hill, Toddville Join the waitlist! 
June 14(8:30-11:30 Mini Robo Loco (K-2nd) Hiawatha Public Library Join the waitlist!
June 14(12:30-3:30) Mini Robo Challenge (3rd-5th) Hiawatha Public Library Join the waitlist!
June 18 Art Innovators (3rd-5th) Wakema Park, Center Point Sign Up!
June 19 NASA Astro Camp (3rd-5th) Thomas Park, Marion Join the waitlist!
July 8 Robo Loco (K-2nd) Lester Buresh Center, Mt. Vernon Sign Up!
July 10 Fizz, Bubble, Goo (K-2nd) Hiawatha Community Center Join the waitlist!
July 10 Robo Challenge (3rd-5th) NW Rec. Center, Cedar Rapids Join the waitlist!
July 11 Planting Curiosity (K-2nd)  NW Rec. Center, Cedar Rapids  Join the waitlist!
July 12(8:30-11:30) Art Explosion (K-2nd) Hiawatha Public Library Join the waitlist!
July 12(12:30-3:30) Art Innovators (3rd-5th) Hiawatha Public Library Join the waitlist! 
July 16 Art Innovators (3rd-5th) Wakema Park, Center Point Sign Up!
July 18 Outdoor Adventures (3rd-5th) Pinicon Ridge, Central City Sign up! 
July 19(8:30-11:30) Fizz, Bubble, Goo (K-2nd) Hiawatha Public Library Join the waitlist!
July 19(12:30-3:30) NASA Astro Camp (3rd-5th) Hiawatha Public Library Join the waitlist!
July 22 Robo Challenge (3rd-5th) Lester Buresh Center, Mt. Vernon Sign Up!
July 23 Outdoor Explorers (K-2nd) Wickiup Hill, Toddville Join the waitlist!
July 24 Art Innovators (3rd-5th) Thomas Park, Marion Sign Up!
July 26 Robo Loco (K-2nd) Hiawatha Community Center Join the waitlist!
July 29 Fizz, Bubble, Goo (K-2nd) Lowe Park, Marion Join the waitlist!
August 1 Outdoor Adventures (3rd-5th) Pinicon Ridge, Central City Sign Up!
August 2(8:30-11:30) Planting Curiosity (K-2nd) Hiawatha Public Library Join the waitlist!
August 2(12:30-3:30) Growing Curiosity(3rd-5th) Hiawatha Public Library Join the waitlist!
August 5 Art Explosion (K-2nd) Wakema Park, Center Point Join the waitlist!
August 7 Fizz, Bubble, Goo (K-2nd) NW Rec. Center, Cedar Rapids Join the waitlist!
August 8 On Their Own and Okay(4th-6th) NW Rec.Center, Cedar Rapids Join the waitlist!
August 9 Growing Curiosity (3rd-5th) Hiawatha Community Center Sign Up!
August 12 Art Explosion (K-2nd) Lester Buresh Center, Mt. Vernon Join the waitlist!
August 13 NASA Astro Camp (3rd-5th) Lowe Park, Marion Join the waitlist! 
August 14 Outdoor Explorers (K-2nd) Wickiup Hill, Toddville Join the waitlist!
Behavior Statement

I give my child permission to attend the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware County program/event. However, I agree to pick up my child if the program leaders do not feel my child is abiding by the behavior expectations. Behavior expectations will be outlined at the start of the program and may include expectations such as following directions from program leaders, respecting the personal space and property of other participants, using appropriate language, etc.

Release of Liability

I give permission for my child (listed on the registration) to participate in the 4-H program. I understand that 4-H activities/events may involve certain risks of physical activity and possible injury and that Iowa State University and its 4-H program will provide each participant with reasonable care, but that ISU cannot guarantee that my child will remain free of injury. In addition, some 4-H projects including but not limited to: shooting sports, horse or livestock projects, water activities, and other sporting activities have a higher degree of risk. I nonetheless wish to have my child participate in the 4-H program and ASSUME the RISK of participating. I agree to RELEASE from LIABILITY, INDEMNIFY, and HOLD HARMLESS the State of Iowa, the Board of Regents of the State of Iowa, ISU and ISU Extension and their officers, employees, and agents (hereinafter the RELEASEES from any and all claim and/or cause of action arising out of and related to any injury, loss, penalties damage, settlement, costs or other expenses or liabilities that occur as a result of my child’s participation in the 4-H program.) This release, however, is not intended to release the above mentioned RELEASEES from liability arising out of their sole negligence.

Medical Release

The health history for my child is correct and complete to my knowledge. If an injury or other medical condition occurs or arises, I hereby give permission to the ISU Extension staff or volunteer to provide routine health care and seek emergency treatment including x-rays or routine tests. I agree to the release of any record necessary for treatment, referral, billing, or insurance purposes. I understand that I am financially responsible for charges and hereby guarantee full payment to the attending physicians or health care unit. In the event of an emergency where I cannot decide for my child, I give permission to the physician/hospital selected by the ISU Extension staff or volunteer to secure and administer treatment for my child, including hospitalization. (*If you cannot agree to this section for any reason, contact the County Extension Office for a participation waiver.)

Publicity

During this program, the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Program staff may take photographs, video, and/or tape recording of your child participating in the program. Signing the release statement on the program registration form gives us permission to use media of your child in any publication or promotional materials, in any medium now known or developed in the future without restrictions. If you object to ISU using your child’s image or voice in this manner, please notify the adult leader of the program.

 

 

2024 Summer Day Camp Descriptions

Art Explosion (K-2nd graders)

Spend the day being creative with all kinds of art! We’ll make a mess as we explore art around the world. Youth will use their imagination as we travel the world to learn about different art techniques and cultures. Youth will leave with beautiful creations as we explore painting, sculpture, slime, photography, and high-tech art with 4-H. 

Robo Loco (K-2nd graders)

Learn the basics of coding and try to conquer challenges with our 4-H Bee-Bots. Youth will work with new friends at 4-H camp to help get our robots, Dot and Dash, out of trouble during this introductory coding and robotics camp!

Fizz, Bubble, Goo (K-2nd graders)

Come and explore the wonders of science by creating amazing chemistry experiments with everyday materials to watch them fizz, bubble, and goo. Youth will learn about matter and its three states, make slime, and observe chemical and physical changes before their very eyes at this 4-H day camp!

Planting Curiosity (K-2nd graders)

At K-2nd grade Planting Curiosity 4-H day camp, we will discover the origins of food and explore the processes that plants depend on to grow and thrive. Through hands-on activities, youth will learn about Earth’s resources all around them. You might just have to plant a garden after this camp!

Outdoor Explorer (K-2nd graders)

Explore the great outdoors at this fun 4-H day camp for K-2nd grade youth! Indoor and outdoor activities including nature exploration, art and nature, and more will make this a day you won’t want to miss. Enjoy time working as a team with new friends as well as individual activities all about nature and the outdoors.  

Art Innovators (3rd-5th graders)

Art is everywhere and can be made with unexpected materials! Join us at this 4-H Day camp to learn new art techniques, explore the elements and principles of design, and exercise your creativity. 

Robo Challenge (3rd-5th graders)

Meet our 4-H robots, Dot and Dash, and their Bee-Bot friends, and help them navigate tricky situations. Youth will put on their problem-solving hat and learn how to code their way through an exciting challenge.

NASA Astro Camp (3rd-5th graders)

NASA Astro Camp® is an opportunity for youth to get involved in and experience Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) -- and to learn more about space with NASA unique activities. Astro Camp® is a great way to help youth foster career dreams of tomorrow and develop life-changing goals through Next Generation science, math, and engineering skills!   

Growing Curiosity (3rd-5th graders)

At the 3rd-5th grade Planting Curiosity 4-H day camp, participants will discover unique plant processes and learn more about natural resources. Youth will experience hands-on learning opportunities and cultivate a new love for plants and the environment. You might just have to plant a garden after this camp! 

Outdoor Adventures (3rd-5th graders)

Explore the great outdoors at this fun 4-H day camp for 3-5th grade youth! Indoor and outdoor activities including fishing, nature exploration, teambuilding activities, hikes, crafts, scavenger hunt, campfire food, and more will make this a day you won’t want to miss. Enjoy time working as a team with new friends as well as individual activities all about nature and the outdoors.  

On Their Own & OK (4-6th graders)

This is a workshop that helps build skills, maturity, and confidence in youth to safely stay home alone. Topics include: 

  • Ideas for rules and a basic schedule for when your child is home alone.  
  • Choosing and making basic, healthy foods on their own.  
  • Knowing the procedure if someone comes to the door when you’re gone. 
  • Management techniques for the ever-present squabbles that occur between siblings. 
  • Handling emergencies such as weather, safety, and basic first aid.  

This workshop does not certify your child is ready to be home alone. Your child will have fun during this hands-on workshop & leave our workday with a family workbook to guide you through discussing expectations together.   

Mini-Camps

Mini-camps are 1/2 day camps. To see what the theme of each mini-camp is see the descriptions below. These mini-camps are shorter versions of our full day camps.

 

Got Questions?

The 4-H staff are here to help!

Contact linn4h@iastate.edu or call 319-377-9839 and we will get you connected with the right person.

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2024 Linn County Summer Day Camps PDF flyer

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The fees for service will be used to offset direct expenses and to support the 4-H Youth Development County Extension Program.

 

 

 

Location Details:

  • Cedar Rapids day camps are held at Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th St NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405.
  • Center Point day camps are held at Wakema Lodge, 1008 Brook St, Center Point, IA 52213.
  • Central City - Pinicon Ridge day camps are held at 4729 Horseshoe Falls Rd, Central City, IA 52214.
  • Hiawatha - Community Center day camps are held at the Hiawatha City Hall and Community Center, 101 Emmons St, Hiawatha, IA 52233.
  • Hiawatha - Library day camps are held at the Hiawatha Library, 150 W Willman St. Hiawatha, IA 52233
  • Marion - Lowe Park day camps are held at Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center, 4500 N 10th St, Marion, IA 52302.
  • Marion - Thomas Park day camps are held in the safe room, Parks Administrative and Operations building at Thomas Park,343 Marion Blvd, Marion, IA 52302.
  • Mount Vernon camps are held at Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center, 855 Palisades Rd SW, Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314.
  • Toddville - Wickiup Hill day camps are held at Wickiup Hill Learning Center, 10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, IA 52341.