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.


Calmar Campus

NICC for Kids

Aug. 1-3, 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.

NICC for Kids 2022 Brochure

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

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

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®

June 16, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Iowa's Dairy Center

The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program is the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America. The purpose of this one-day event 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. Space is limited.

Register Online! For more information, call 844.642.2338 ext. 1399 or email safetyday@nicc.edu.


Cresco Center

Be Your Own Boss

June 6-10, 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.

Call the Cresco Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 4700 for more information or to register.

CS is Everywhere STEAM Camp

Grade Level (students entering grades in the fall):

CS is everywhere! Join us as we explore the world with a computer science lens. Program robots, create stories, write music and more! Learn about AI (artificial intelligence) and train your computer to complete tasks. Join us for an engaging day meeting old and new friends! 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.


Manchester Center

Fun with Rock Painting

June 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Manchester Center, Room 101

Join the rock painting craze! If you can think it, you can paint it. Rocks are the perfect 'canvas' for self-expression. Keep your creativity simple, with an inspired quote, or if you get the notion, paint something more detailed and animated. Anything goes. Painted rocks are fun to keep and even more fun to share!

Space is limited to 10 students. Open to students entering grades 5-8 in the fall. Registration Deadline is June 1.

Register online. Call the Manchester Center at 844.642.2338 ext. 7700 or email brownsu@nicc.edu for more information.

Science & Engineering: "Water" You Doing?

June 20-21, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Manchester Center, Room 101

Water. It seems like such a simple thing, but it's essential for life. "Water" you doing to keep this critical resource clean and available? Join this two-day camp for Grades 5-8 to observe the human impacts on our environment. You will start by creating and exploring a model of the pollutants that contaminate water bodies and affect living things, and then engineer appropriate solutions to clean your polluted models. Using microscopes, you'll observe local water samples to make predictions about water quality and test water samples from the surrounding area for the very pollutants that were represented in your model and reduced by your engineered solutions. Then you'll investigate human activities that positively impact water environments and living things. Explore how plants can help water quality, make your own "sock pet" and bird feeders, and use drone technology to capture evidence that humans are positively (and negatively) impacting the environment right here in Manchester.

Space is limited to 13 students. Open to students entering grades 5-8 in the fall.

Register online. Call the Manchester Center at 844.642.2338 ext. 7700 or email brownsu@nicc.edu for more information.

Graphic Design

June 23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Manchester Center, Room 101

Learn the basic principles of graphic design and apply your knowledge to a real-world project using Canva. Strengthen your "eye for design" by examining and discussing work to better understand what constitutes good graphic design. Walk out of class with a finished design project you’ve created start to finish.

Space is limited to 10 students. Open to students entering grades 6-8 in the fall.

Register online. Call the Manchester Center at 844.642.2338 ext. 7700 or email brownsu@nicc.edu for more information.


RAMS/Oelwein Center

Ride the Waves

July 18 – 21, 8:30 a.m.-Noon
Water Park: July 22, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ride the Waves provides a fun, hands-on learning environment for students to explore the physical science principles of fluid flow and wave. 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.

This camp is designed for students entering grades 5-6 in the fall. Seats are limited.

Register online. For more information, call the Oelwein Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 5700 or email koobe@nicc.edu and wehlingdo@nicc.edu.

Coding for Kids

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

In our Coding for Kids camp, your child will learn the basics of computer science while solving puzzles, creating programs, and inventing games. This camp is a fun and interactive way to introduce your child to 21st century skills, such as programming, problem-solving, and logic. They will create programs with commands, functions, and loops. Your child will investigate different problem-solving techniques and learn how to be a good and safe digital citizen. They will even get to program a robot!

This is a great camp for both boys and girls entering grades 3 and 4 in the fall. Seats are limited.

Register online. For more information, call the Oelwein Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 5700 or email koobe@nicc.edu and wehlingdo@nicc.edu.

“Learn! Create! Innovate!: an Introduction to Manufacturing”

Welding with Pat Holloway: July 11 & 12, 8:30 a.m.-Noon
Manufacturing Tour: July 13, 8:30 a.m.-Noon
Electricity with Dave Anderson: July 14 & 15, 8:30 a.m.-Noon

This week-long camp is for students interested in exploring what manufacturing is and learning about careers in manufacturing. Students will get hands-on experience learning about electricity & welding, 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. The camp will be held July 11-15 from 8:30 a.m. – Noon each day. Seats are limited.

Register online. For more information, call the Oelwein Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 5700 or email koobe@nicc.edu and wehlingdo@nicc.edu.

Wave The Checkered Flag: RC Race Car Camp

June 27 & 28, 8:30 a.m.-Noon (RAMS/Oelwein Center)
June 29 & 30, 8:30-11:00 a.m. (The Track: 311 3rd St. SE, Oelwein)

Ever wonder how that remote control race car works? Each student hands-on with instructor guidance will build their very own RC car. Learning about transmission, suspension, powertrain shocks, CVD joints, differentials and the etiquette of driving and racing their car on an inside race track. When leaving camp students will have a full understanding of how to maintain and tune their own remote control car, maybe get dad or an older brother interested in racing the track with them! Included in the price of camp is an RC Car, the remote and the lap counter.

The camp is open to any student entering grades 7-12 in the fall. Seats are limited.

Register online. For more information, call the Oelwein Center at 844.642.2338, ext. 5700 or email koobe@nicc.edu and wehlingdo@nicc.edu.


Peosta/Dubuque

Kids on Campus

July 18-22, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
NICC Peosta Campus

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.

Kids on Campus 2022 Brochure

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

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

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®

June 9 or July 7, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), Peosta Campus

The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program is the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America. The purpose of this one-day event 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. Space is limited.

Register for the June 9 or July 7 session. For more information, call 844.642.2338 ext. 1399 or email safetyday@nicc.edu.


Waukon Center

Home Economics: Life Skills Camp

June 7-8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kee High School (Lansing)

Calling all middle schoolers for a 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.

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

STEAM Camp - Destination: Your Imagination

Grade Level (entering fall 2022):

NICC Waukon Center

Flex your imagination in this camp designed to encourage thinking in science, technology, engineering, art and math! You'll create a place from your imagination in 3D with moving characters and conversations, program robots to travel in this new world, and explore it all with virtual reality games. To top it all off, you'll work with the rest of the campers to help produce a short movie with green screen technology that you all get to star in. So join us to take a journey into your imagination and see what you discover!

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

Build Your Own Business

June 21-22, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
NICC Waukon Center

Shark Tank! No, really - do you have a great idea you’d like to turn into a business? Then this two day camp is your shot at a Shark Tank-style experience where you can learn basic business concepts and vocabulary, create a business plan, and pitch your ideas in a presentation to young entrepreneurs from the area. They will share their business stories and help you learn everything from a proper greeting handshake to good customer service skills to building a professional business card.

Open to students entering grades 4-6 in the fall. Bring your own lunch. Snacks provided. Student can bring a change of clothes for their shark tank presentation if they wish to dress up.

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

Kids in the Kitchen: Junior Chef

Grade Level (entering fall 2022):

NICC Waukon Center

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. Your child will also learn measurements, how to read and follow recipes and to manage time. Working together, all participants 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 enthusiams! Lunch will be provided.

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