Country Camp is a summer program for children ages five to thirteen (K-8). Children are eligible for Country Camp starting the summer after their kindergarten year.
Country Camp also offers academic year programming to elementary students.
Located on 14.5 acres just outside of Iowa City, Iowa, the Country Camp program offers campers a wide range of outdoor activities. Each summer runs in thematic sessions. Our operating principle is to support and guide imaginative outdoor physical play. The acreage includes: two pastures, a gazebo, a flower garden, sand mountain, a vegetable garden, dragon mounds, pirate ship, hobbit house, little school house, machine shed/theatre, cow and sheep barn, chicken house, small orchard, small village within an evergreen grove, a pond, and our farmhouse.
We have an excellent camper-to-staff ratio. Our counselors supervise through interaction, not observation. The themes suggest the play. Counselors support games by providing necessary materials, offering physical help and, most importantly, playing a character. Many of our counselors are singers, dancers, actors, and musicians.
Campers are encouraged to learn about the care and behavior of the animals at the acreage: chickens, calves, sheep, goats, pigs, a Jersey cow named Mrs. Moore, her daughter Little Moore, and their growing oxen team. Baby chicks typically arrive in early June. There are eggs to collect and baby goats and calves to bottle-feed and lead. We also have a friendly Labrador named Herschel who likes to help with lunch cleanup and an English Bulldog named Gatsby who loves playing in the sand.