Summer Camps

Explore online and in-person summer camp options at Northeast Iowa Community College.


Virtual Camps

STEAM Camps powered by Black Rocket

Our virtual camps are powered by Black Rocket, a national leader in tech education. They’re perfect for students ages 8-14 who are interested in video games, coding and virtual reality. Live classes are led by top teachers in a safe and fun online learning environment. 

YouTube® classes will encourage your child to practice good digital citizenship while creating space for their own unique voice. Students will explore the variety of content and personalities on YouTube and develop their own on-camera presence while creating special effects and develop video editing skills. 

ROBLOX® classes explore the world of game design and coding. Students will design their own world in ROBLOX, learn to build 3D models and bring characters to life with unique animations. The activities are hosted on a password protected site that can be shared with family and friends.

Minecraft® classes explore several different aspects of the game from animation and design, to scripting and engineering. Students will learn key technical skills in a fun, creative environment. 

Python Programming is the fastest growing programming language. Students will learn how to code with step-by-step instruction. They can challenge friends with the fun content they create!

Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite® Style Game class invites gamers to design their own game using professional 3D game development software. Students will build levels and assets inspired by popular Battle Royale games like Fortnite. Plus, students can participate in eSports League matches against other schools with a chance to have their levels featured in Black Rocket master build of the game!

View all Black Rocket camp options and register at blackrocket.com/online/nicc.

Virtual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®

June 10, July 8, or Aug. 5, 9-11 a.m.
Online, Zoom

The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program is the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America. The purpose of these one-day events is to teach students to stay safe on farms and at home with a variety of age-appropriate lessons. Topics may include ATV safety, bike safety, fire safety, machinery safety and more. Youth who live on a farm, work on a farm or visit a farm are encouraged to attend.

Open to children ages 4-12. Registration is required and space is limited.

Register online for the June 10July 8 or Aug. 5 sessions. Contact the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) at 888.844.6322 or safetyday@nicc.edu for more information.


Calmar Campus

NICC for Kids

Aug. 2-4, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
NICC Calmar Campus

Your kids won’t stop talking about the fun classes they will participate in during this three-day camp. Classes introduce kids to new ideas and concepts in a fun and interactive way. NICC for Kids provides a positive, creative learning environment everyone will enjoy! Lunch and snacks are included. Open to students entering grades 2-4 in the fall.

Camp scholarships are available! Download the NICC for Kids Registration and Scholarship Application.

Register online today!

For more information contact Krista Weitz, Program Manager at 844.642.2338, ext. 3139.


Cresco Center

Be Your Own Boss

June 7-11, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Get a jump start on building entrepreneurial skills! This action packed camp based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) principles introduces students to the basics of starting a business and becoming their own boss. Through field trips and face-to-face meetings with local business owners, students will develop a business plan, create marketing materials and will wrap up the week pitching their ideas in a “Shark Tank” style presentation.

Open to students entering grades 5-6 in the fall. Space is limited to 13 students.

Register online or call the Cresco Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 4700 for more information.

Hello Roboto STEAM Camp

Grade Level (students entering grades in the fall):

Meet Daisy the Dino - your friendly, neighborhood dinosaur - ready to do tricks at the behest of young campers programming algorithms. This coding-themed STEAM camp will introduce students of various ages to aspects of science, technology, engineering, art and math. In addition to using algorithms to have a dinosaur do tricks, students will also develop code to program a robot and experiment with augmented reality. Students will develop collaboration and problem solving skills in this fun-filled session. Lunch and/or snacks will be provided. Open to kids who have completed grades PK-5. Space is limited.

Register online or contact the Cresco Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 4700 for more information.

Healthcare Faces of the Future

July 26, 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

Attention all kids who want to be a nurse, paramedic, doctor or health professional! Spend an action-packed day experiencing what these healthcare careers are like. Students can check out the inside of an ambulance and do interactive, hands-on activities to experience what healthcare professionals do every day. Guest speakers from Regional Health Services of Howard County teach students what it’s really like to work in their fast-paced, fascinating jobs. Open to students entering grades 5-7 in the fall. Space is limited to 16 students. 

Register online or call the Cresco Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 4700 for more information.


Manchester Center

Mini-Gateway to Technology: Level 1

June 7-8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Engage your middle school student’s natural curiosity and imagination in this two-day Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program. The Gateway Academy is an engaging, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer experience designed to inspire creativity and develop self-confidence in young students through activity-, project- and problem-based learning. Your student will use industry-leading technology to solve problems, learn how things work and gain skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking and creativity. This specially designed summer camp will introduce children to the fields of engineering and architecture and includes building a working assembly line to produce the perfect sundae.

Space is limited to 12 students. Open to students entering grades 5-8 in the fall. Camp partially funded by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors.

Register online or call Holly Rahe, Center Director at 844.642.2338 ext. 7700 for more information.

Mini-Gateway to Technology: Level 2

June 10-11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Don’t let the fun end! Sign your student up for level two of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateway Academy to continue the creative, challenging and fun journey of exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This follow-up camp will extend your student’s learning about engineering and architecture through project-based learning, including flying drones and baking pizzas as well as s’mores with solar power. Students will build communication and team building skills while thinking through next-level challenges designed to be solved using technology and creativity.

Space is limited to 12 students. Open to students entering grades 5-8 in the fall. Camp partially funded by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors.

Register online or call Holly Rahe, Center Director at 844.642.2338 ext. 7700 for more information.

Murder Mystery Camp 

June 14-16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Help! We’re seeking detectives and investigators to solve a Manchester Center mystery! Tragically, Muffin, the neighborhood cat has been “offed” in our Center classroom while the teacher was out. There are multiple suspects and lots of questionable alibis to sort through, as well as some very strange evidence collected from the body and crime scene. Students will help us analyze the crime scene evidence using fingerprinting, blood typing and other scientific tools. Then students will use logic, teamwork and problem-solving techniques to identify, once and for all, who committed this awful crime. Please help us seek justice for Muffin!

Space is limited to 12 students. Open to students entering grades 5-8 in the fall. Camp partially funded by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors.

Register online or call Holly Rahe, Center Director at 844.642.2338 ext. 7700 for more information.


RAMS/Oelwein Center

Coding for Kids

July 19-21, 8:30 a.m.-Noon

This camp is a fun and interactive way to introduce students to advanced technology skills, such as programming, problem solving and logic, by creating programs with sequencing, loops and events. Students will investigate different problem-solving techniques and learn how to respond to cyberbullying. They will even get to program a robot!

Open to students entering grades 3-4 in the fall.

Register online or call the RAMS/Oelwein Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 5700 for more information.

Ride the Waves

July 19-23, 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Ride the Waves provides a fun, hands-on learning environment for students to explore the physical science principles of fluid flow and waves. Sessions include brand new, interactive classroom and laboratory experiments! On the last day of camp, students will enjoy experiencing the concepts they have learned during the week at Lost Island Waterpark in Waterloo.

Open to students entering grades 5-6 in the fall.

Register online or call the RAMS/Oelwein Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 5700 for more information.

Learn! Create! Innovate!: An Introduction to Manufacturing

July 19-21, 8:30 a.m.-Noon
Regional Tech Complex (Located next to RAMS/Oelwein Center)

This camp is for students interested in exploring what manufacturing is and learning about careers in manufacturing. Students will get hands-on experience working with basic manufacturing equipment, see different types of manufacturing and tour a local manufacturer. Finally, students will get to work on small manufacturing products that they will be able to take home with them to wow their parents and friends! Open to students entering grades 7-9 in the fall.

Register online or call the RAMS/Oelwein Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 5700 for more information.


Peosta/Dubuque

Kids on Campus 

July 19-23, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Carver Elementary School, 2007 Radford Road, Dubuque

Your kids won’t stop talking about the fun classes and crazy experiments they will participate in during this week-long camp. Classes introduce kids to new ideas and concepts in a fun and interactive way. Kids on Campus provides a positive, creative learning environment everyone will enjoy! Lunch and snacks are included. Open to students entering grades 2-7 in the fall.

Camp scholarships are available! Download the Kids on Campus Registration and Scholarship Application.

  • Grades 2-4 register online here.
  • Grades 5-7 register online here.

For more information contact Krista Weitz, Program Manager at 844.642.2338, ext. 3139.


Waukon Center/Lansing

Build Your Own Business

July 28-29, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
NICC Waukon Center

Have a great idea for a business? This two-day, Shark Tank-style camp teaches students basic business concepts and vocabulary, how to create a business plan and pitch ideas in a presentation to area entrepreneurs. Local professionals will share their business stories and help students learn everything from good customer service skills to designing their own professional business card.

Open to students entering grades 4 & 5 in the fall. Space is limited to 16 students.

Register online or call the Waukon Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 6700 for more information.

Kids in the Kitchen: Junior Chef

June 29 and July 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
NICC Waukon Center

Designed for kids entering grades 3-6, this camp experience places an emphasis on having fun in the kitchen. Kid-friendly kitchen tips, sanitation, safety and proper use of basic tools and equipment will be demonstrated. Students will also learn measurements, how to read and follow recipes and to manage time. Working together, all students will make simple, kid-approved recipes and, of course, sample the results. Be ready to cook with your kid, because he or she will come home with several recipes to help prepare, plus a whole lot of enthusiasm! Lunch will be provided. 

Open to students entering grades 3-6 in the fall. Limited to 16 students per session.

Register online for the June 29 or July 27 session. Call the Waukon Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 6700 for more information.

Healthcare Faces of the Future

Aug. 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
NICC Waukon Center

Attention all kids who want to be a nurse, paramedic, doctor or other health professional! Spend an action-packed day experiencing what these healthcare careers are like. Students will have a chance to work with manikins in a health lab setting and try lots of interactive, hands-on activities that a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) does every day. Guest speakers from local healthcare facilities will inform students what it’s really like to work in their fast paced, fascinating jobs.

Open to students entering grades 3-6 in the fall. Space is limited to 16 students.

Register online or call the Waukon Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 6700 for more information.

STEAM in Space!

Grade Level (entering fall 2021):

NICC Waukon Center

We’re going to space at this year’s annual summer STEAM Camp at the Waukon Center! Enroll your Pre-K through 7th graders for an age-appropriate day of exploration that will keep them creative and engaged. This year’s highlights include an on-site planetarium, making pop bottle rockets, designing and building telescopes, coding, painting star constellations and an astronaut team building challenge. Registration includes breakfast and/or lunch, all supplies and a fun-filled day with experienced instructors.

Space is limited to 20 kids per session.

Register online or call the Waukon Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 6700 for more information.

Home Economics: Life Skills Camp

June 8-9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kee High School (Lansing)

Calling all middle schoolers for a brand new two-day summer camp! Come find out how fun HomeEc can be! It’s more than just sewing and cooking, although you’ll have a blast trying both of those things. You’ll also learn about child development to make yourself an in-demand babysitter, how to be a smart comparison shopper, create a budget and skills to land your first job. Attend this creative camp and you’ll leave with newly acquired skills that you’ll never regret knowing. Join us for this fast-paced, intensive life experience!

Open to students entering grades 5-8 in the fall. Space is limited to 16 students.

Register online or call the Waukon Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 6700 for more information.