Holy Family Summer Camps 

Holy Family Catholic Schools offers the area's premier selection of academic and athletic day camps to keep your child(ren) active and engaged all summer long.

 

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Questions? Call or email the contact listed for each camp. If you have questions about applying for a scholarship, please contact Rebecca Mueller at (563) 582-5456 or admissions@holyfamilydbq.org.

Camp full? If a camp you are interested in is full, please contact admissions@holyfamilydbq.org to be placed on a waiting list.

Refund policy: All camp registrations are 50 percent non-refundable. If a cancellation occurs within one week of the camp start date, the full camp fee will be forfeited.

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Camps by Category

Camps by Date

To ensure an optimal experience for our campers, each camp has a minimum enrollment that must be reached. If a camp has not reached its target enrollment, you will be notified by Holy Family and your fee will be refunded or may be applied to another camp.

All camp registrations are 50 percent non-refundable. If a parent cancels at least 7 days prior to camp starting, they will be refunded 50 percent of the camp fee. If a cancellation occurs within 7 days of the camp start date, the entire camp fee will be forfeited.

Arts & Culinary Arts Camps (listed alphabetically)

Calligraphy and Cricut Crafts

Have you ever seen neat calligraphy videos online and wanted to learn? Or have you ever wondered how to use a Cricut to make cool crafts? Sign up for this beginner lettering class where you will not only learn all the basics of brush pen lettering but you will also learn how to use the Cricut Explore to make cards, bags, bottles and more! You will learn the a, b, c’s (literally) of calligraphy as we discuss how to hold your pen, correct technique, practice on provided alphabet pages, and develop skills that will help you with all kinds of creative lettering. We will practice calligraphy with various types of brush pens and how to achieve the perfect faux (fake) calligraphy look with paint pens for larger scale pieces. Throughout the class, you will move on to create your own hand-lettered crafts on the Cricut with the skills that you learn!

Camp Director/Contact: Ana Walker | awalker@holyfamilydbq.org

Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 8–11
Cost: $80
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School

SESSION ONE:

Open to: Incoming grades 6–9
Time: 9–11 a.m.

SESSION TWO:

Open to: Incoming grades 6–9
Time: 12–2 p.m.

Camp Creamery Theater Camp

Camp Creamery is a week-long workshop for children interested in exploring the exciting world of theater! The camp is designed to give children ages 7 and up the unique opportunity to work and perform with three professional actors from The Old Creamery Theatre while they rehearse and present a play. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch. Registration is first-come, first-served, and everyone that signs up will be cast.

Camp Director: This camp is hosted through a partnership with Old Creamery Theatre and Wahlert Catholic performing arts students and alumni.
Camp Contact: Rebecca Mueller | rmueller@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Ages 7 and up
Dates:
Monday–Friday, June 8–12
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Performance:
Friday, June 12, at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School
Cost: $125

Culinary Arts Camp

While your child can probably make a peanut butter sandwich, have you dreamed of them making you a warm breakfast one morning? Campers in Culinary Arts Camp will learn to make hash brown egg baskets for an easy breakfast, dips for their next play date and finish on Friday with cupcake decorating. Your camper will learn about cooking safety while developing independence in the kitchen.

Camp Director/Contact: Allison Pusateri | (563) 583-9771 | apusateri@holyfamilydbq.org

SESSION ONE:
Open to: Incoming grades 6–8
Dates: Monday–Thursday, July 6–9
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School
Cost: $75

SESSION TWO: 
Open to: Incoming grades 4–5
Dates: Monday–Thursday, July 13–16
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School
Cost: $75

SESSION THREE: 
Open to: Incoming grades 4–5
Dates: Monday–Thursday, July 20–23
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School
Cost: $75

SESSION FOUR:
Open to: Incoming grades 1–3
Dates: Monday–Thursday, July 27–30
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School
Cost: $75

SESSION FIVE:
Open to: Incoming grades 1–3
Dates: Monday–Thursday, Aug. 3–6
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School
Cost: $75

Ukulele for Beginners

Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Ryan Gosling all play the ukulele - and you can, too! The ukulele is one of the most popular instruments today, and it's not hard to see why. It's easy to pick up, and lots of fun to play! In this camp, we will look at the basics of the ukulele and learn how to play a couple of songs together. Note: Campers will receive a Ukulele included the registration fee!

Camp Director/Contact: Benjy Miller | benjymiller@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Incoming grades 6–8
Dates: Monday–Friday, Aug. 3–7
Time: 9–11:30 a.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $90

Athletic Camps (listed alphabetically)

Boys Basketball Camp/League

The Golden Eagles Boys Basketball Camp will reinforce proper fundamentals essential to the complete basketball player. Individual instruction is given to each player in the areas of shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, offense and defense. The league portion of the program will consist of 5 on 5 games.

Camp Director/Contact: Tom English | (563) 583-9771, Ext. 268 | tenglish@holyfamilydbq.org

Current Wahlert Catholic High School Basketball team members and coaches will also assist with the camp and league.

BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP:
Open to: Incoming grades 4–9
Dates: Tuesday–Friday, June 9–12
Times:

  • Incoming grades 4–6: 9:00–10:30 a.m.
  • Incoming grades 7–9: 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Location: Wahlert Catholic High School
Total Cost: $130 (includes camp and league)

BOYS BASKETBALL LEAGUE:
Open to: Incoming grades 4–9
Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 15–July 6 (excludes July 3)
Times:

  • Incoming grades 4–5: 9–10 a.m.
  • Incoming grades 6–7: 10–11 a.m.
  • Incoming grades 8–9: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Location: Wahlert Catholic High School

Girls Basketball Camp

The Golden Eagles Girls Basketball Camp will reinforce proper fundamentals essential to the complete basketball player. Individual instruction is given to each player in the areas of shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, offense and defense.

Camp Director/Contact: Kris Spiegler | kspiegler@dbqschools.org

GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP (FUNDAMENTALS):
Open to: Incoming grades 3–8
Dates: Tuesday–Friday, June 9–12
Time: 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School
Cost: $50

GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP (SKILLS)
Open to: Incoming grades 3–8
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 16–July 9
Times:

  • Grades 3–5: 9:00–10:15 a.m.
  • Grades 6–8: 10:15–11:30 a.m.

Location: Wahlert Catholic High School
Cost: $50

Cheerleading Camp

Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to attend the Golden Eagles Cheerleading Camp, where campers will learn cheers, jumps, tumbling and stunts, and play fun games.

Camp Directors/Contact: Deidre Lattner | navarrodeidre19@gmail.com

Open to: Incoming grades K–8
Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 15–18
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School
Cost: $50

Cross Country Camp

The Golden Eagles Cross Country Camp provides campers with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of running. Campers will participate in activities that teach body control, teamwork and the fun of a run.

Camp Directors/Contacts: Tim Berning | tberning@holyfamilydbq.org; Chuck Tigges | ctigges@holyfamilydbq.org; Cynthia Wagner | cwagner@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Incoming grades 5–8
Dates: Tuesday–Thursday, Aug. 11–13
Time: 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School (meet in the lobby)
Cost: $20

Dance Camp

This camp is for incoming middle school students interested in learning more about Wahlert Catholic High School Dance Team. Learn a routine while practicing technique, improvisation, how to put together 8-counts, and use of the stage. A final showcase will be performed for parents on Friday afternoon! Bring a water bottle, notebook and pencil.

Camp Directors/Contacts: Sheridan Ditzler | sheridanditzler@gmail.com

Open to: Incoming grades 6–9
Dates: Wednesday–Friday, July 15–17
Time: 12–3 p.m.
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School gym and O'Connor Activity Center (OAC)
Cost: $30

Football Camp

The Golden Eagles Youth Football Camp will introduce and reinforce the technique and fundamental skills for all football position groups. All participants will receive individual instruction in offense, defense, and special team skills.

Camp Director/Contact: Jamie Marshall | jmarshall@holyfamilydbq.org
Current Wahlert Catholic High School Football team members and assistant coaches will also assist with the camp.

SESSION ONE:
Open to: Incoming grades 1–6
Dates: Tuesday–Thursday, July 21–23
Time: 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Location: Steele Field (behind Wahlert Catholic High School)
Cost: $30

SESSION TWO:
Open to: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School students only, incoming grades 7–8
Dates: Wednesday–Friday, July 29–31
Time: 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School football practice field (behind Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School)
Cost: $30

Soccer Camp

The Wahlert Catholic boys and girls soccer teams and coaches will be offering a week of soccer instruction. The camp will focus on fundamentals and learning through soccer activities/play. Campers will be divided into age and skill-appropriate groups to ensure the optimal balance of fun, challenge and skill development.

Camp Contact: Jill Leibforth | jill.leibforth@loras.edu

Open to: Incoming grades K–8
Dates: Monday–Thursday, July 27–30
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: Steele Field (behind Wahlert Catholic High School)
Cost: $55

Strength and Conditioning Camp

The Wahlert Strength and Conditioning Camp will prepare eighth- and ninth-graders on proper form and movements. This camp is the first phase of the strength program at Wahlert Catholic and will provide athletes with the lifting skills to be safe and maximize their athletic potential. Individual instruction will be given to each athlete throughout the camp.

Note: Enrollment in this camp will be capped at 20 athletes per camp.

Camp Director/Contact: Clay Finley | cfinley@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Incoming grades 8–9
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School weight room

SESSION ONE:

Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 8–11
Time: 10–11 a.m.
Cost: $50

SESSION TWO:

Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 15–18
Time: 10–11 a.m.
Cost: $50

Tennis Camp

The Golden Eagles Tennis Camp will provide young athletes of all levels an opportunity to learn tennis fundamentals, refine technique and hone strategies for successful doubles and singles play. Emphasis will be on improving the quality of match play, improving strokes and building confidence.

Camp Director/Contact: Jim Fuerstenberg | (563) 581-4644 | fuersty777@gmail.com

Current and former Wahlert Catholic High School Tennis team members will also assist with the camp.

Location: Bernie O’Connor Tennis Facility (Wahlert Catholic High School campus)
Cost: $50 per session

TENNIS CAMP ONE (LITTLE EAGLES/FUNDAMENTALS):
Open to: Incoming grades K–4 (boys and girls)
Session Options:

  1. Monday–Friday, June 15–19
  2. Monday–Friday, June 22–26
  3. Monday–Friday, July 6–10
  4. Monday–Friday, July 13–17

Time: 9:00–10:30 a.m.

TENNIS CAMP TWO (EAGLES/REFINE TECHNIQUE):
Open to: Incoming grades 5–8 (boys and girls)
Session Options:

  1. Monday–Friday, June 15–19
  2. Monday–Friday, June 22–26
  3. Monday–Friday, July 6–10
  4. Monday–Friday, July 13–17

Time: 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Track and Field Camp

The Golden Eagles Track and Field team provide campers with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of running, jumping, throwing and relays. Campers will participate in activities that teach body control, teamwork and the fun of a run.

Camp Director/Contact: Tim Berning | tberning@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Incoming grades 1–8
Dates: Wednesday–Friday, June 10–12
Time: 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Location: Wahlert Catholic High School track
Cost: $45

Volleyball Camp

Come and join the Wahlert Catholic Golden Eagles Volleyball team for a summer of volleyball fun! The Golden Eagles Volleyball Camp will teach and reinforce the essential skills and fundamentals of volleyball. Individual and group instruction will be given to campers in the areas of passing, setting, serving, attacking, blocking, offense and defense. The Golden Eagles Volleyball League will not only reinforce volleyball fundamentals but will also give participants the opportunity to play in competitive games and matches.

The Golden Eagles Volleyball Camp will teach and reinforce the essential skills and fundamentals of volleyball. Individual and group instruction will be given to campers in the areas of passing, setting, serving, attacking, blocking, offense and defense.

Camp Director/Contact: Lindsey (Kane) Beaves | lkane@holyfamilydbq.org

Current and former Wahlert Catholic High School Volleyball team members and coaches will also assist with the camp.

Open to: Incoming grades 3–8
Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 22–25
Times:

  • Grades 3–5: 5:00–6:30 p.m.
  • Grades 6–8: 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Location: Wahlert Catholic High School gym
Cost: $55

Language, Literacy & Leadership Camps (listed alphabetically)

Harry Potter Camp  

Calling all avid Harry Potter fans! This immersive camp will give your child a chance to dive into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Your student will feel like a young witch or wizard at Hogwarts, practicing potions (i.e., fun science experiments), playing quidditch, and participating in creative writing activities. We will also enjoy Harry Potter-themed snacks. The goal of this camp is to allow students to deepen their knowledge of the magical world of Harry Potter. Will we have a sorting hat? Of course. Will we have butterbeer? Oh yeah! Do you have what it takes to be a wizard? Come and find out!

Camp Directors: Ava Hoelscher, Jill Hohmann and Jamie Vondra
Camp Contact: Jill Hohmann | jhohmann@holyfamilydbq.org

SESSION ONE:
Open to: Incoming grades 2–3 (No muggles, please!)
Dates: Monday–Friday, July 6–10
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $65

SESSION TWO:
Open to: Incoming grades 4–6 (No muggles, please!)
Dates: Monday–Friday, July 6–10
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $65

SESSION THREE:
Open to: Incoming grades 2–3 (No muggles, please!)
Dates: Monday–Friday, July 13–17
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $65

SESSION FOUR:
Open to: Incoming grades 4–6 (No muggles, please!)
Dates: Monday–Friday, July 13–17
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $65

Literacy Skills Refresh and Reboot

This camp will focus on refreshing early literacy skills, from phonological skills like rhyming and manipulating letter sounds, to early phonics and even some advanced phonics skills. Students will engage with literacy in a structured language approach. Through read alouds, creative projects, and multisensory games and activities, students will refresh and reboot their literacy knowledge just in time for school to start back up!

Camp Director/Contact: Kathleen Konrardy | kkonrardy@holyfamilydbq.org 

Open to: Incoming grades K–2
Dates: Monday–Friday, July 20–24
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $60

Literacy Camp with Clarke University 

Designed to build fluency and comprehension, this summer camp is full of reading fun and adventure. Under the instruction of the Clarke University Education Department, this camp will help all students maintain reading skills over the summer. Clarke Education students and instructors will take the literacy needs of all students into consideration.  Whether you’re looking for skills-based strategies for a reluctant or emerging reader or a new, fun way to stretch the imagination of your enthusiastic reader, this camp is a good fit.

Camp Director: Clarke University Education Department
Camp Contact: Carolyn Wiezorek | (563) 556-4194 | cwiezorek@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Incoming grades 1–6
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 16 through July 23
Time: 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Anthony–Our Lady or Guadalupe
Cost: $175

Spanish Language Camp 

Students will have the opportunity to keep up with their Spanish skills, especially speaking and listening, while participating in a variety of collaborative activities. Each week will have a different theme, such as camping, beach, and sports. They will learn age-appropriate vocabulary related to the theme and engage in activities to practice the vocabulary as well as other language skills. Note: This camp is only open to current or incoming Our Lady of Guadalupe students.

Camp Director/Contact: Lori Obendorf | lobendorf@holyfamilydbq.org

SESSION ONE:
Open to: Incoming grades 1-6
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, June 15 through July 22
Time: 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Anthony–Our Lady of Guadalupe
Cost: $175

SESSION TWO:
Open to: Incoming grades 1-6
Dates: Monday–Friday, July 13–17
Time: 12:30–3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Anthony–Our Lady of Guadalupe
Cost: $75

SESSION THREE:
Open to: Incoming grades 1-6
Dates: Monday–Friday, July 20–24
Time: 12:30–3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Anthony–Our Lady of Guadalupe
Cost: $75

Preschool/Pre-K Camp Descriptions (listed alphabetically)

Artful Antics

Young artists will learn new art skills and explore their creativity. They will learn about famous artists and their styles and explore with a variety of art materials to create their own masterpieces.

Camp Director/Contact: Marcy Weidenbacher | mweidenbacher@holyfamilydbq.org

SESSION ONE:

Open to: Ages 3–5
Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 15–18
Time: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Columbkille Early Childhood Center
Cost: $60

SESSION TWO:

Open to: Ages 3–5
Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 15–18
Time: 12:30–3:00 p.m.
Location: St. Columbkille Early Childhood Center
Cost: $60

Bible Camp

Children will experience God’s Love during our summer Bible Camp through songs, crafts, cooking, science, outdoor games, and more. They will act out Bible stories and engage in fun hands-on learning activities to explore, create and grow in their faith. Come and enjoy the journey as we participate in many different ways to follow Jesus and explore God’s love.

Camp Director/Contact: Tina Pothoff | (563) 556-2820 | tpothoff@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Ages 3–5
Dates: Monday–Thursday, July 6–9
Time: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Anthony–Our Lady of Guadalupe Early Childhood Center
Cost: $60

If You Give a Chef a Story...

If You Give a Chef a Story invites your child to use math, science, literacy, and collaboration skills to create a recipe from a daily story. Cost of the camp includes recipe ingredients. Note: If your child has a food allergy, please contact the camp instructor before signing up.

Camp Directors: Anette Barton and Tina Pothoff
Contact: Tina Pothoff | (563) 566-2820 | tpothoff@holyfamilydbq.org 

Open to: Ages 4–6
Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 22–25
Time: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Anthony/Our Lady of Guadalupe Early Childhood Center
Cost: $65

Let's Blast Off!

Come explore the galaxy with us! We will explore space through a variety of hands-on activities including art, science and imaginative play.

Camp Director/Contact: Marcy Weidenbacher | mweidenbacher@holyfamilydbq.org

SESSION ONE:

Open to: Ages 3–5
Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 29–July 2
Time: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Columbkille Early Childhood Center
Cost: $60

SESSION TWO:

Open to: Ages 3–5
Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 29–July 2
Time: 12:30–3:00 p.m.
Location: St. Columbkille Early Childhood Center
Cost: $60

Mad Scientist Camp 

This camp invites you to discover a week of all things science! Campers will roll up their sleeves in the Mad Science chemistry lab to mix, mash and make cool concoctions. It’s a week packed with non-stop science fun!

Camp Directors: Mandy Brosius and Tina Pothoff
Camp Contact: Tina Pothoff | (563) 556-2820 | tpothoff@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Ages 3–6
Dates: Monday–Thursday, July 13–16
Time: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Anthony–Our Lady of Guadalupe Early Childhood Center
Cost: $60

STEM Camps (listed alphabetically)

3D Printing Workshop

Do you have an interest in 3D printing? Would you like to design and learn to print 3D objects? Campers will receive instruction on how to 3D model and how to 3D print using Tinkercad website. Campers will need to create a Tinkercad account and preferably have a Google Drive account to save files. On Monday, students will learn how to 3D model and create a simple object to print. On Wednesday, students will create a more complex object to print. On Thursday/Friday, the students will have the opportunity to showcase their printed items. Snack is included during camp.

Camp Director/Contact: Bob Oberfoell | (563) 543-0548 | boberfoell@holyfamilydbq.org

SESSION ONE:
Open to:
Incoming grades 3–8
Dates: Monday and Wednesday, June 22 and 24, 1–4 p.m.; Friday, June 26, 1–2 p.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $50

SESSION TWO:
Open to:
Incoming grades 3–8
Dates: Monday and Wednesday, June 29 and July 1, 1–4 p.m.; Thursday, July 2, 1–2 p.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $50

Code Camp – JavaScript

Do you want your child to be introduced to a new language this summer? Like learning all language skills, practice is how fluency is learned. Languages are the way that we communicate our ideas and programming gives students the ability to create technology to impact the world around them. In our camp, your child will see what it means to program JavaScript. Students will learn about mouse and keyboard interaction, animation and building a video game.

Camp Director/Contact: Jose Garcia | jgarcia@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Incoming grades 4–6
Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 8–11
Time: 12:30–3:30 p.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $85

Environmental Science for the Young Learner

Your child can be a biologist for a week! Students will complete hands-on activities that will teach environmental science concepts. Topics will include water filtration, recycling, plants and gardening, animals and water conservation. An emphasis on conservation and environmental stewardship will be enforced. Note: On Friday, this camp will be held at Mines of Spain. Parents will drop-off and pick-up at Mines of Spain Recreation Area, 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd. 

Camp Director/Contact: Eve Dietrich | EDietrich10@alumni.unity.edu

Open to: Incoming grades 1-3
Dates: Monday–Friday, June 8 -12
Time: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Columbkille Elementary/Mines of Spain
Cost: $75

Invent STEM

Create, innovate and problem solve! Youth will engage in activities such as investigating wind-powered boats, experimenting with wind tunnels and designing mini wind turbines. Bring a sack lunch.

Camp Director: This camp is hosted through a partnership with Iowa State University Extension.
Camp Contact: Leah Imoehl | lechtenb@iastate.edu

Open to: Incoming grades 5–9
Dates: Thursday, June 18
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $45

Math Facts Strategies and Skills – Addition and Subtraction

This camp is designed to boost those students who need to build better fluency of the basic facts for addition and subtraction. We'll focus on thinking strategies to learn them rather than memorization. This will make mastery much easier. Through games and activities, we'll work on recalling basic facts and applying them in computation skills.

Camp Director/Contact: Ann Callahan | anncallahan@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Incoming grades 2–4
Dates: Monday–Friday, July 6–10
Time: 9:00–10:30 a.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $50

Math Facts Strategies and Skills – Multiplication and Division

This camp is designed to boost those students who need to build better fluency of the basic facts for multiplication and division. We'll focus on thinking strategies to learn them rather than memorization. This will make mastery much easier. Through games and activities, we'll work on recalling basic facts and applying them in computation skills.

Camp Director/Contact: Ann Callahan | anncallahan@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Incoming grades 3–5
Dates: Monday–Friday, July 6–10
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $50

Mathletes

Have you ever noticed the best athletes are usually those who enjoy the game and practice? Playing basketball in the front yard isn’t about a score or competition, but it will probably make your jump shot better. Mathletes is a fun, no-pressure way to work your brain as a muscle and improve your math skills. If you enjoy math or want to make it more like a sport, Mathletes is for you. No tests and no drilling. This camp will show you ways to practice math with games, puzzles and critical thinking. There may be a friendly competition, but it’s not about who wins, it’s how you play the game.

Camp Director/Contact: Kayti Decker | kdecker@holyfamilydbq.org 

Open to: Incoming grades 5–8
Dates: Monday–Friday, July 27-31
Time: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $90

Monarchs on the Move

Experience life as a monarch butterfly in the Monarchs on the Move day camp. Learn about the biology and importance of the monarch butterfly and how they are in danger. Explore ways to help the monarch by increasing habitat. Bring a sack lunch.

Camp Director: This camp is hosted through a partnership with Iowa State University Extension.
Camp Contact: Leah Imoehl | lechtenb@iastate.edu

Open to: Incoming grades 3–7
Dates: Tuesday, June 16
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $45

Robotics Programming Camp – Basic

Students will work in pairs designing and programming robots using LEGO® Mindstorms™ robotics kits. Each pair will design and program solutions to problems presented on the FIRST® LEGO® League’s Senior solution field table. The students will look at the field table, which is a type of obstacle course, determine the best robot design, build the root, program the robot to complete various missions and then using the scientific method, adjust the robot design and programming until they are able to complete as many missions as possible in 2.5 minutes.

Camp Director/Contact: Jose Garcia | jgarcia@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Incoming grades 4–6
Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 8–11
Time: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $80

Robotics Programming Camp – FTC

Wahlert Catholic High School Robotics teams host this FIRST TECH® Challenge Robotics Camp. Campers will learn to program, build and drive a robot through an obstacle course. This camp would be ideal for those with experience in First LEGO® League or an interest in robots. FIRST TECH® Challenge is the next or high school level of LEGO® League. Campers are divided into teams led by a high school robotics team mentor. Teams will use a robot kit to complete an autonomous (programmed Java based) period, a free-drive period obstacle course, and finish with final challenge task. The final session day will be robotic competition. Sessions include team-building activity and snack.

Camp Director/Contact: Bob Oberfoell | boberfoell@holyfamilydbq.org

SESSION ONE: Blocks Challenge
Open to:
 Incoming grades 5–9
Dates: Monday–Friday, June 22–26
Time: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $125 (scholarships available)

SESSION TWO: Keystone Challenge
Open to:
 Incoming grades 5–9
Dates: Monday–Friday, June 29–July 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School
Cost: $125 (scholarships available)

Soil and Smiles

Want to cultivate an interest in gardening? Grow your student’s green thumb? Introduce your child to dirt therapy during this four-day camp. A food garden is not only a great way to incorporate healthy living but a chance to immerse yourself in nature. During Camp Soil and Smiles, learn a variety of methods to garden, a few best gardening practices, start plants from both seeds and cuttings and make flower presses. And did we mention Aquaponics? Learn about that here! Gardening is kind of a big DILL, so we hope you join us to celery-brate it!

Camp Director/Contact: Codi Sharkey | csharkey@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Incoming grades 4–5
Dates: Monday–Thursday, June 15–18
Time: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Columbkille Elementary
Cost: $55

STEAM Art in Nature

Nature is crafty! Discover where you can see art in nature, how nature inspires art, and how you can use nature to make art. This camp will be a fun balance of investigating, learning, and creating with nature and art. Last day will be a trip to the Dubuque Museum of Art to see how others interpret, express, appreciate, and use nature and art. Note: on Thursday, the camp will be held at the Dubuque Museum of Art from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Parents will pick up and drop off at the Museum, 701 Locust St.

Camp Director/Contact: Eve Dietrich | EDietrich10@alumni.unity.edu

Open to: Incoming grades 3–5
Dates: Monday–Thursday, Aug. 3–6
Time: Monday–Wednesday, 9:00–11:30 a.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Location: Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School/Dubuque Museum of Art
Cost: $65

Summer STEM Challenge

Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math? This week of awesome activities involves introducing campers to a unique variety of STEM projects, games and challenges. Activities to stimulate the mind and spark curiosity will vary but promise to encourage engagement and the imagination of every camper!

Camp Director/Contact: Marcy Weidenbacher | mweidenbacher@holyfamilydbq.org

Open to: Incoming grades 1–3
Dates: Monday–Thursday, July 13–16
Time: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Columbkille Early Childhood Center
Cost: $65

Camp Director/Partner Bios (listed alphabetically)

Camp Creamery includes three resident company members of the Old Creamery Theatre in Amana, Iowa. The Old Creamery Theatre is a professional nonprofit theatre company founded in 1971.

 

Clarke University Education Department includes Clarke Education Department professors and Clarke students who are working toward a reading endorsement or a Master’s Degree in reading.

 

Annette Barton is the three-year-old preschool teacher for St. Anthony-Our Lady of Guadalupe Early Childhood. She is entering her sixth year at Holy Family Catholic Schools.

 

Lindsey (Kane) Beaves is entering her seventh year as head volleyball coach for Wahlert Catholic. She played volleyball at Wahlert Catholic and the College of Charleston.

 

Tim Berning is the Chemistry teacher and co-head coach of the varsity boys cross country team. In three years of coaching with Chuck Tigges, they have qualified a team for state each year and finished 7th. Mr. Berning is also head varsity track and field coach at Wahlert Catholic High School. Over the past 10 years, 28 different individuals and 14 relays have become state champions, they have also earned two team state championships, two runner-ups, and a third-place finish at the Iowa state track and field meet.

 

Mandy Brosius is the dual language Pre–K teacher for St. Anthony-Our Lady of Guadalupe Early Childhood.

 

Ann Callahan has been teaching for 39 years – 19 years at St. Columbkille School and 20 years at Aquin Catholic Elementary in Cascade. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-grade students, currently teaching math and science in the Summit program at St. Columbkille. She earned her degree from the University of Northern Iowa with an emphasis in math.

 

Katherine Decker is a math teacher and co-head coach of the middle school LEGO League team. She has been with Holy Family Catholic Schools for 10 years and has taught many different levels of math including 6-8th grade math, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus.

 

Eve Dietrich was a Sustainable Schools AmeriCorps member for two years serving in Holy Family and DCSD. She continues to regularly substitute teach in both districts and is a self-proclaimed tree hugger. She has degrees in wildlife biology, education, and community leadership and follows her passion of creating stewards of the Earth in her work and free time. She has more than six years of experience of work in natural resources and two years with education and continues to enjoy working with children and seeing their appreciation for the natural world grow.

 

Sheridan Ditzler is the dance coach at Wahlert Catholic High School; this will be her third year. She has a bachelor’s degree in Wellness and Exercise Science from the University of Dubuque. In the past, she has coached noncompetitive cheerleading and has taught several dance and fitness classes.

 

Tom English is the Wahlert Catholic High School varsity boys basketball coach and athletic director. He has been coaching basketball at Wahlert Catholic for 25 years, the past 16 as head coach. The Golden Eagles have reached the state tournament six times in his tenure, including state championships in 2008, 2014 and 2015 and state runner-up in 2016.

 

Clay Finley is the current strength and conditioning coach at Wahlert Catholic High School. He has been coaching strength at the high school and college level for the past six years. He has coached at Pella High, Waukee High and Simpson College.

 

Jim Fuerstenberg was the former boys' tennis coach at Wahlert Catholic High School for 15 years. He is presently the girls tennis coach at Wahlert Catholic High School. Jim has been playing tennis for more than 40 years. He enjoys working with youth and wants them to learn the basics of the game and also have fun!

 

Jose Garcia has been teaching at Our Lady of Guadalupe for nine years and has been coaching the Our Lady of Guadalupe LEGO® League team for five years. Jose graduated from the University of Granada with his teaching degree and for the next two years, he studied computer engineering before becoming a teacher.

 

Jill Hohmann is a Slytherin and has been a teacher in the Holy Family Catholic School system for more than twenty years. She has taught a range of grades from preschool to eighth grade at the middle school. Her endorsements are in Reading and English/Language Arts. She is excited to join two of her former students in this endeavor.

 

Ava Hoelscher is a Gryffindor and incoming junior at Wahlert Catholic High School. She is an avid reader and enjoys writing stories and acting. Ava is thrilled to share her love for Harry Potter with your campers.

 

Leah Imoehl is the K-12 Education Coordinator for Iowa State Extension & Outreach, Dubuque County. Leah provides educational programs and experiences for youth in the following priority areas: STEM, Leadership, Healthy Living, and Communication & the Arts.

 

Kathleen Konrardy is the Special Needs Coordinator at Holy Family Catholic Schools. Previously, she was the special needs teacher at Resurrection for six years. Her master's degree is in special education and her endorsements are in special education, behavior disorders, reading, and PK/K. In addition to her work with Holy Family, Kathleen is an adjunct professor at Loras College, teaching Evaluation and Diagnosis of Reading Problems. Literacy is her passion and she especially loves teaching phonics!

 

Deidre Lattner is the head cheerleading coach at Wahlert Catholic High School. She will be going into her third year coaching and has lead the girls to place in the top 5 at the cheerleading state championships.

 

Jill Leibforth is in her third year serving as both the Wahlert Women’s Head Soccer Coach and the Loras College Soccer Assistant Coach. This past season, Leibforth assisted as the Loras women’s soccer program won their fourth consecutive American Rivers Conference Title. An alumni of the renowned Loras Soccer program, Leibforth was a part of the team’s most successful years, advancing in multiple NCAA tournaments and into the round of ‘Sweet 16’.

 

Jamie Marshall is entering his second year as the head football coach at Wahlert Catholic. He spent the previous 18 years coaching college football at Drake University, Montana State University, and Lindenwood University. He also teaches eighth-grade math at Jefferson Middle school and coaches seventh-grade basketball at Mazzucchelli. Coach Marshall is a 1995 graduate of Wahlert Catholic High School.

 

Benjy Miller is the sixth-grade religion teacher at Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School. He joined the Holy Family Catholic Schools community and started teaching at Mazzuchelli during the 2019-2020 school year after serving as a youth minister for the previous four years.

 

Lori Obendorf is a first-grade Spanish teacher at Our Lady of Guadalupe. She studied Spanish and Elementary Education at Loras College.

 

Bob Oberfoell currently teaches a variety of science classes at Wahlert Catholic High School. Mr. Oberfoell has coached Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School’s state qualifying LEGO League team “Quoz” in 2013 and currently coaches #7400 (state qualifier 2015, super qualifier 2020) and #9025 (wildcard participant 2015, 2016).

 

Tina Pothoff is the early childhood director for St. Anthony - Our Lady of Guadalupe Early Childhood.

 

Allison Pusateri has been living in the Dubuque area for five years. She has her A.S. and B.S. in culinary arts and foodservice management from Johnson and Wales University in 2005. She has been a part of the Wahlert Catholic School since January of 2017 cooking for students in the
Wahlert cafeteria and teaching Culinary Arts.

 

Codi Sharkey is a Sustainable Schools Green Iowa AmeriCorps member helping Holy Family schools and Dubuque Community Schools. She is a graduate from Clarke University with a degree in biology. In school, she teaches environmental lessons and encourages sustainable practices in schools. She loves the joys of nature and hopes to inspire that in all ages.

 

Kris Spiegler has been the Wahlert Catholic girls basketball coach for 14 years, serving as assistant coach for six years before that. Her team was MVC champs in 2009 and 2012, and she has taken her team to state three years. Coach Spiegler and her staff also earned MVC coach of the year honors for the Mississippi Division in 2009 and 2012. Current team members and various members of the coaching staff will also assist with the camp.

 

Chuck Tigges is the physical education instructor for St. Anthony Elementary and Our Lady of Guadalupe and co-head coach of the varsity boys cross country team. In four years of coaching with Tim Berning, they have qualified a team for state each year and finished fourth last year at the Iowa State cross country championships. He is also a Wahlert Catholic varsity girls track and field coach.

 

Jamie Vondra is a Hufflepuff and incoming junior at Wahlert Catholic High School. She loves to craft and spends her time playing volleyball, running track and reading. Jamie is delighted to work with your children and spend time with others who love Harry Potter.

 

Cynthia Wagner is the head coach for the varsity girls’ cross country team. Coach Wagner has led her team to 21 city championships, seven MVC championships and six state championships with 31 state championship appearances. She was awarded the NHSACA National Coach of the Year in 2015.

 

Ana Walker graduated from Wahlert Catholic in 2014 and is a sixth-grade science teacher at Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School. She also owns Lovely Little Light Signs and Designs, a creative business specializing in hand-lettered creations.

 

Marcy Weidenbacher has her degree in Early Childhood Education and has been working in the early childhood field for 30 years. She is the St. Columbkille Early Childhood Center director and has been working at St. Columbkille for 14 years.

 

Carolyn Wiezorek is the current principal of St. Anthony-Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish Immersion program. Previously, Wiezorek was an associate professor of education at Clarke University and taught kindergarten and first grade at St. Anthony Elementary from 1986 to 1992. Wiezorek earned her Elementary Education degree from the University of Iowa. She has a master’s degree in gifted education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a Wahlert Catholic alumna and her youngest daughter was among the first graduates of the Our Lady program.