We are currently revising our health and safety protocols in accordance with CDC guidelines toward being able to safely open for Summer 2021. However, because the cases of COVID-19 continue to fluctuate so greatly in Iowa, we are waiting until March 2021 to confirm that camp will go forward this summer. We know that planning is important to you and that this uncertainty may add to the challenges you are experiencing. We ask for your understanding and patience. Please feel free to reach out if you have specific questions and we will do our best to answer them.
Country Camp is a summer day camp for children ages five to thirteen (K-8).
Located on 14.5 acres just outside of Iowa City, Iowa, the Country Camp offers children a wide range of outdoor activities. The camp 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, pony 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 the children 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, and a pony named Darling. Baby chicks arrive in early June. There are eggs to collect and baby goats and calves to bottle-feed and lead. We also have two friendly Labradors named Audrey and Herschel who like to help with lunch cleanup and an English Bulldog named Gatsby who loves playing in the sand.
Country Camp is open from 8:45am-4:00pm M-F during the summer. We are closed on weekends. Country Camp is a working acreage; visits to the property must be arranged with the Director.