The following listings are local summer camps and programs with confirmed openings for summer 2023, as of 03/21/2023. We will continue to update this page as more camps become available. Contact information can be found on the camp websites (by clicking the camp listed below, you will be directed to their website). You should contact the camp directly for full program details or questions.
UI Summer Camps
In the summer of 2023, we will offer both in-person and online versions of the 2-week Summer Residential Program. The in-person and online programs will run concurrently from June 11-24 (Session 1) and again from July 9-22 (Session 2).
The Iowa Young Writers' Studio offers 6-week online creative writing courses for high school students twice every year! We offer the online courses for 6 weeks every winter, mid-January through late February, and every summer, late June through early August.
The 2023 Iowa Summer Journalism Workshop will be an in-person overnight summer camp.
Owned by the state of Iowa and operated through the Board of Regents, Lakeside Lab seeks to provide science classes and research opportunities for university students, and offer Outreach Programs and provide services through the state universities.
Junior Scholars Academy (JSA) is a summer commuter program designed specifically for bright elementary students (grades 3-6) who want to thoroughly explore a topic - all while having fun with other kids who share their enthusiasm for learning.
The Workshop for Young Writers is an amazing opportunity for students in grades 6-8 to learn and grow as writers.
Junior Scholars Institute (JSI) is a one-week residential summer academic program at the University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center, designed specifically for bright middle school students (grades 7-8) who want to take a deep dive into a topic – all while having fun with other middle school kids who share their level of interest and ability.
Students currently in grades 9–10 may apply for the Perry Research Scholars Institute (PRSI). In this program, you will meet researchers across many different fields, such as anthropology, business, education, engineering, medicine, psychology, sustainability, and more.
The Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP) is a highly selective and intensive summer research program for students in grades 10-11. Students conduct research under the mentorship of world-class faculty from a research-intensive university.
Summer Writing Online (SWO) enables students in grades 9-12 to spend their summer learning from world-class faculty from the home of the famed Iowa Writers Workshop.
Hustling Hawkeyes Sports Camps within the Division of Student Life Recreational Services, are designed for children aged 7 - 12, wanting to discover new talents, be active, and have fun while playing a variety of sports! All experience levels welcome. Groups will be co-ed, a combination of all skill levels, and will be split into two age groups (Black Hawks and Gold Hawks). Basic instruction in various sports is given, and this camp is not affiliated with Iowa Athletics.
The Iowa Summer Music Camps (ISMC) offers students musical training and experience beyond what may be available in their home schools, including group instruction, master classes, and classroom instruction in many phases of instrumental music. The entire program, together with a preview of life on a major university campus, is a valuable experience for young people, not only in music but also in human relations.
You can read all the college brochures in the world, but there is nothing like spending a week on a college campus to give you a sense of your future community. The Gateway Summer Program does exactly that. We bring high school juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to campus during the summer before their senior year to get a glimpse into life as a college student.
Registration is open for the 2023 session of the Iowa National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) for students who will be in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade during the 2023-2024 academic year. Iowa NSTI is a free, two-week residential summer camp with a STEM focus. Camp will run from June 18 through June 30 this summer, and students will stay in University of Iowa dormitories. Students with and without disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Summer Programs by County
- Big Picture Gallery and Studio
- Camp Goosetown
- Camp Invention
- Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca
- Coralville Parks and Recreation
- Diamond Dreams - Spring Training Baseball Camp
- Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
- Harvest Adventure Camp
- Iowa City Boys Baseball
- Iowa City Fab Lab
- Iowa City Fencing Center
- Iowa City Girls Softball
- Iowa City Kickers Soccer Club
- Iowa Gym-Nest Spring Day Camps
- Iowa Soccer Club (ISC)
- Kirkwood Community College Interactive Camps for Kids (KICK)
- Nolte Academy of Dance
- North Liberty's BEST Summer Camp and Afterschool Program
- North Liberty Recreation Center
- Red Zone Football Academy Spring Camps
- Taproot Nature Experience
- The Country Camp
- United Action for Youth (UAY) SPARK!
- Willowwind School
- Young Footliters Youth Theater