Loras All Sports Camp


2019 DatesEarly registration will start
December 1,2018.

Session 1:  June 16-21
Session 2:  June 23-28
Session 3:  July 7-12
Session 4:  July 14-19


Choose Your SportsPick One Major and Two Minors.

Majors are 2-1/2 hours, Minors are 1-1/2 hours. Additional sport choices will need to be selected in case first preferences are full and campers are waitlisted for a sport. Sports will be allotted the first week of March. Confirmation packets will be mailed in March.

Complete your paddle

Complete Your PaddleEarned, Not Given.

The child must first earn the paddle and then each child has the opportunity to earn the eight brands represented in the acronym L-C-P-A-D-D-L-E. Each letter in the acronym represents a Christian value.
Love – Christianity – Perseverance – Attitude – Dedication – Discipline – Loyalty – Enthusiasm.

Years of Adventure
Campers over the years
Sports Offered

Tuition Rates

Save on multiple Children


  • Going into 2nd - 9th Grade (7-14)
  • Roommate Within 1 grade
  • 1 Major - 2.5 Hours
  • 2 Minors - 1.5 Hours each
  • Huddle Group of 10-12 Kids

Resident 2nd Child

  • Going into 2nd - 9th Grade (7-14)
  • Roommate Within 1 grade
  • 1 Major - 2.5 Hours
  • 2 Minors - 1.5 Hours each
  • Huddle Group of 10-12 Kids

Day Camper

  • Going into 2nd - 9th Grade (7-14)
  • Picked up at 9pm
  • 1 Major - 2.5 Hours
  • 2 Minors - 1.5 Hours each
  • Huddle Group of 10-12 Kids

Day Camper 2nd Child

  • Going into 2nd - 9th Grade (7-14)
  • Picked up at 9pm
  • 1 Major - 2.5 Hours
  • 2 Minors - 1.5 Hours each
  • Huddle Group of 10-12 Kids

Choose 1 Major and 2 Minors

Complete list below these highlighted sports







Rock Climbing

Ultimate Frisbee

Aerial Dance (Minor, off campus, $50 fee) New
Aerial Dance encompasses horizontal and vertical movement. It is an exciting combination of modern dance and circus acrobatics. Campers start low to the ground with the basics of climbing, poses, swings, and breath work, connections of dance elements between the ground and the air. Develops upper body and core strength, balance, flexibility and body awareness and learn to dance in the air! (Limit - 32)
Archery (Minor, off campus, $45 fee)
Introduced to the fundamentals of shooting target archery, terminology and rules. Safety will be stressed along with proper handling of a bow and arrow. Shooting at different target faces and distances will be incorporated into practice sessions. (Limit - 80)
Adventure Challenge/Zipline   Campers must weigh a minimum of 55 pounds (Major, off campus, $95 fee)
Exciting adventure activities to challenge the campers to set higher goals through the use of advanced high and low rope elements. Prerequisite for this activity is previous experience in rock climbing. Activities are taught at the beautiful Four Mounds outdoor recreation facility. Instruction is conducted by Team Building Blocks and Associates.One day of the week the campers will to to SKY Tours to do the zipline course. (Limit – 50)
Minor($50 fee)- Covers the same as the Major except less time given to each area due to time constraints. Prerequisite for this activity is previous experience in rock climbing.
(Limit - 80) Minors will not go to zipline course.
Badminton (Minor only, need tennis shoes)
Rules of the game and skills of racket preparation, general strokes, serves, volleys, lobs, overhead swings, single and double play strategies will be taught. Emphasis placed on meeting individual skill level needs of each camper. Drills, various lead-up games, activities, videotaping and competition will be included.(Limit - 24)
Baseball (Minor only, need glove)
Covers the basics of throwing, infield/outfield fundamentals, base running, hitting through use of drills lead-up games and game situations. Drills and lead-up games will be broken into ability groups.
Basketball (Boys or Girls)
Major - Covers the basic fundamentals of ball handling/dribbling with both hands, passing and rebounding, shooting and defense. Drills, lead-up games and league games will be utilized. All activities are divided according to ability level.(Limit - 65)
Minor – Covers the same as the Major except less time given to each area due to time constraints.
Biking (Major only, off campus, bikes provided, camper must provide helmet, $50 fee, Must be entering 5th grade)
Learn more about one of America’s fastest growing sports and major recreational activities. The aerobic conditioning and physical development that result from training on a bicycle are great assets to a healthy lifestyle. In this sports camp activity you will learn more about bicycle maintenance and proper riding techniques while increasing your endurance in some of Dubuque’s most scenic settings. (Limit - 12)
Bowling (Off campus, shoes/ball provided)
Aerial Dance encompasses horizontal and vertical movement. It is an exciting combination of modern dance and circus acrobatics. Campers start low to the ground with the basics of climbing, poses, swings, and breath work, connections of dance elements between the ground and the air. Develops upper body and core strength, balance, flexibility and body awareness and learn to dance in the air! (Limit - 32)
Cheer Leading (Minor only)
Learn and practice jumps, motion cheers, chants, and dance routine. Perform at the closing ceremonies of the camp on Friday morning(Limit - 100)
Cross-Country Running (Minor only)
As road racing and the marathon have become more popular fitness and recreational activities in the U.S. so has cross country running at the junior high school and high school level. Campers will go through proper warm-up, stretching and cool-down techniques as well as participate in different types of training for cross country running. Popular games such as Scavenger Hunt and Lions and Gazelles will be played. Campers will also learn about running form, pacing, race strategies, nutrition and recovery.(Limit - 30)
Dance/Jazz (Minor only)
Dance will teach the basics of jazz and pop and rock, learning steps and combinations that are new and creative. The campers will also learn routines to perform for each other during instruction. Different levels will be provided from beginner to advanced, so everyone is welcome. No special dance wear is required. (Limit - 60)
Figure Skating (Minor only, off campus, $45 fee)
This activity is for campers who have had previous experience in ice skating. This is a more advanced experience than Learn to Skate. If you are not a beginning skater this fun filled skating experience is for you. Learn techniques and skills you see on TV from an instructor who competed nationally. Figure Skating will take place at the brand new $7.5 million Mystique Community Ice Center. Ice Skates provided if needed. Long pants and sweatshirt recommended. (Limit - 40)
Fishing (Major only, off campus, supplies provided, $50 fee)
Introduce casting techniques, fishing methods, spin casting and fly casting techniques and water safety. With the opportunity to fish in small ponds, lakes and streams surrounding Dubuque using the different methods and techniques of fishing. (Limit - 20)
Football (Football shoes recommended but not required. NO other pads/equipment necessary – not tackle)
Major - Involves the development of skills and techniques for playing the different positions in offense, defense, and specialty teams. Involves a variety of drill work, games and punt, pass and kick competition.
Minor – Covers the same as the Major except less time given to each area due to time constraints.
Golf (Off campus, need bag, clubs-driver, 3 wood, 5, 7 & 9 irons, NO pull carts)
Major($60 fee)-Instruction will be given on the full swing, pitch shot, chipping and putting. Emphasis is on the grip, proper alignment, how to address the ball, proper stance, weight transfer and follow-through. Opportunity to practice skills on driving range, putting green and nine hole golf course. Videotaping will be used for analysis of each camper. (Limit - 28)
Minor ($45 fee) – Same as above except campers will not have time to play a nine hole golf course or be video-taped. (Limit – 56)
Gymnastics (Major only, off campus, need leotards, $65 fee)
According to ability levels, the campers will be given the opportunity to develop skills for bars, vault, beam, tumbling and dance. (Limit - 26)
Hiking (Major only, off campus, must be entering 5th grade+, $45 fee)
Campers will need an extra pair of comfortable shoes that will be able to be worn on trails and in the forest. Because of the chance of getting dirty we do not want these shoes to be worn on the gym floors. Campers will learn about wilderness ethics, history, ecology, and geology on the 12 miles of trails. Trails provide a wide range of opportunities to view the old winding logging roads, to view limestone bluffs, scenic overlooks, and to enjoy a hike through forest ans prairie. Some of the trails are steep and challenging. (Limit - 40)
Horseback Riding (Major only, off campus, must be entering 5th grade+, $115 fee)
Long pants required, helmets provided (no bike helmets will be allowed); a shoe with a small heel is recommended. The Loras summer program is designed for children who have never ridden or have had limited experience riding Western or English. Students will learn control of the horse on the ground and in the saddle. All participants will learn correct riding form at the walk and trot. Students with the appropriate skill level will learn to canter. The emphasis of this program is to build a solid foundation for basic riding skills. Participants will also learn basic care of the horse and tack. All lessons are under the direction of certified instructors. (Limit - 26)
Hula Hooping & Zumba Fitness (Minor only)
This activity brings fun and fitness together. We will teach basic hooping skills using a weighted hoop and learn a variety of hooping moves. You will also learn Latin-inspired dance aerobics called Zumba Fitness. Over the course of the week, you will weave the two together and put a routine to music. (Limit - 30)
Hunting Archery (Major, off campus, Third & Fourth Session only, $60 fee)
Prerequisite for this activity is previous experience in target archery Archers will be introduced to many different targets including 3D animal targets at varied distances to simulate hunting in the outdoors. Safety hunting procedures will be taught along with proper shooting techniques required for successful hunting. (Limit - 20)
Karate (Minor only)
Introduces campers to basic martial art skills and drills, sparring strategies, self defense tactics, stranger awareness, bully prevention, and basic weapons training. Campers will learn techniques from various styles of martial arts such as Korean Tang Soo Do, Chinese Kung Fu, Japanese/Okinawa Kobudo, Filipino Escrima/Arnis, etc.. The weapons training consist of: Filipino stick fighting, bo staff, padded nunchakus, sword/lightsaber training, and knife and gun disarming, all of which is designed to improve motor skills, hand eye coordination, dexterity, and flexibility. We focus on character and leadership qualities such as self discipline, respect, and courtesy. Throughout the course a strong emphasis will be placed on safety, especially in regards to the weapons training. All campers will be well supervised in a controlled environment by qualified instructors. Master Ron Schmitt, Head Instructor & former Loras Alumni, offers over 36 years experience. Master Schmitt and his assistant instructors are certified through the American Tang Soo Do Karate Alliance , Modern Arnis Remy P. Presas International Organization, and The U.S. Tactical Martial Arts Alliance. No special clothing required
Kayaking/Canoeing/Dragonboating/Paddle Boarding (Major only, off campus, all equipment provided; additional bathing suits recommended, $75 fee)
Must be entering 5th grade and have passed beginning swimming level Learn the basics of water safety procedures and skills necessary to participate in canoeing, kayaking and dragon boat racing in a safe, effective manner. All activities will be done on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. (Limit - 36)
Lacrosse (Minor only)
Optional equipment – mouth piece, soccer shoes. Stick will be provided. Non-contact) The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. It includes short sprints up and down the field, and quick changes of direction, and precision passes with a stick. Rules of the game and skills of throwing, catching and scooping, offensive and defensive techniques and strategies will be taught. Emphasis will be on skill development though drills, various lead-up games and activities. (Limit - 60)
Pilates/Yoga (Minor only, Must be entering 5th grade+)
Yoga/Pilates Minor sessions integrate yoga and pilates poses, flowing sequences, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques. Independent and group activities will increase preteens’ physical strength, flexibility, coordination, posture and balance. Participants gain a basic understanding of the physical aspects of yoga and pilates with a Christian emphasis. (Limit - 40)
Racquetball (Minor only, Racquet/balls/goggles provided)
Introduce the campers to safety rules, rules of playing, skills of serving, forehand and backhand shots. Includes drills, lead-up games and tournament play. (Limit - 32)
Rock Climbing (Off campus)
Major($65 fee)-Introduce campers to the safety rules and use of the equipment for climbing a low and high wall. Activities include elements of a climbing wall and a high and low ropes course. Activities are taught at the beautiful Four Mounds outdoor recreation facility. Instruction is conducted by Team Building Blocks and Associates. (Limit - 45)
Minor ($45 fee) – Same as Major except less time given to each area due to time constraints. (Limit – 40)
Roller-Skating/Blading (Minor only, off campus, skates/rollerblades provided - may bring own skates if stopper/brake is NOT black $40 fee)
Develop and/or refine skills of backward skating, turning corners and turns. Campers will participate in various skating activities, games, relay and races. (Limit - 60)
Rugby (Minor only, soccer shoes recommended)
Introduced to rules of playing the game, skills of ball handling, passing, picking up and setting down ball, line running, and kicks. Drills, relays and various lead-up games will be used to teach the skills. Campers will also have an opportunity to play a controlled scrimmage.
Soccer (Need shin guards and soccer shoes – tennis shoes may be worn instead)
Major-Rules of the game and skills of dribbling, passing/receiving, trapping/heading and finishing/shooting will be introduced and practiced. Drills, small-sided games and large-sided games as well as league play will be utilized.
Minor– Covers the same as the Major except less time given to each area due to time constraints
Softball (Minor only, Need glove)
Skills of throwing, catching, infield and outfield, techniques, hitting fundamentals and base running will be introduced and practiced. Use of station teaching, drill work and games will be incorporated into each lesson. (Limit - 30)
Sports Performance (Major only, Must be entering 6th grade+) New
Each camper will be introduced to basic movement patterns of sports. The emphasis will be on teaching proper techinques in all aspects of training for sports. The program will include a total body workout, dynamic warm-up, strength training, speed, agility, and competitive activities. All to enchance athletic performance and to decrease the risk of injury.
Swimming (Need towel(s), swimsuit and goggles – Must be at the advanced beginner level)
Major-Campers will be divided into three groups: advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced. Each group will practice skills which are appropriate for that level. Dry land drills, water drills, videotaping, games and/or relays will be used. Water Polo skills and techniques will be introduced as one of the fun games. (Limit - 25)
Minor–Covers the same as the major except no videotaping and will have less time for practice of skills. (Limit – 50 Sessions 1-3/Limit – 30 Session 4)
Tennis (Need racquet and tennis shoes)
Major-Campers will be divided into four groups according to ability level. Rules of the game and skills of racket preparation, good strokes, serves, volleys, lobs, overhead swings, single and double play strategies will be taught. Emphasis placed on meeting the individual skill level needs of each camper. Drills, various lead-up games, activities, videotaping and competition will be included. (Limit - 50)
Minor–Same as Majors except no videotaping and will have less time for practice of each skill. (Limit – 60)
Track & Field
Major-Campers will be divided into three groups based upon age. Each group will be given an opportunity to develop skills in sprinting, starts, relay hand-offs, hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put, discus and javelin. Station teaching, drills, games, relays, and videotaping will be used.
Minor–Same as Majors except no videotaping and less time and practice due to shortened time interval.
Trapshooting (Major only, Off campus,Must be entering 6th grade and weigh at least 85 pounds or heavier, $80 fee)
Gun safety is stressed along with proper gun handling and loading. Introduce and practice shooting techniques of shooting at target – straight away, skeet shooting and, trapshooting. Station teaching of the skills along with videotaping will be used in each practice session. (Limit – 30)
Ultimate Frisbee (Minor only)
Ultimate Frisbee is a fast-paced sport that combines the non-stop movement of soccer with aerial passing skills that surpass football. Games are self-officiated and depend on the Spirit of the Game, a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on all players. The goal is to score points by catching the disc in the opponent's end zone. The disc may be moved only by passing it from teammate to teammate. Participants will learn about the Spirit of the Game, basic rules, throwing and catching skills, and offensive and defensive tactics of Ultimate while playing the game. (Limit – 48)
Volleyball (Knee pads recommended)
Major-Practice and develop the skills of passing, spiking, serving and setting. Various drills, lead-up games, activities and league play will be incorporated into practice sessions. (Limit – 45)
Minor–Same as Majors except will have less time with practicing of the skills due to shortened time interval. (Limit – 56)

What To Pack

The Camp is not responsible for lost or stolen items

Day Campers

Equipment needed for major and minor instruction.
Equipment for free time (swimsuit, towel, and 1 change of clothes).
Lockers are available.

Resident Campers

Athletic Shorts
2 pair of basketball/tennis shoes (no sandals)*
Jacket, sweater or sweatshirt
Swimming suit & towel (1 piece suit girls or tankini/ swim trucks boys)
Poncho or raincoat
Jeans or long pants
**Dorm beds are extra-long twin size; 2 full size flat sheets will also work on beds

What to bring for sports

Aerial Dance:  Leotards or tighter fitting shorts and top.
Baseball:  Glove required; hat or visor optional.
Basketball:  Additional pair of clean shoes to be worn on court
Biking:  Bike Helmet, insect repellent.
Canoeing:  Extra swimsuit, water shoes or flip-flops, sunscreen/insect repellent.
Fishing:  Sunscreen/insect repellent.
Football:  Football shoes are suggested but not required.
Gymnastics:  Leotards or tighter fitting shorts and top.
Golf:   Bag, balls, clubs (driver, 3 wood, putter, 5, 7, & 9 irons. No pull-carts).
Hiking:  Extra shoes to be worn on trails and in woods, drawstring back pack, insect repellent, hat.
Horseback Riding:  Long pants required, shoes with a small heel recommended. Helmet is provided.
Ice/Figure Skating:  Long pants and high socks required, skates provided if needed, sweatshirt recommended.
Rugby:  Soccer shoes recommended.
Soccer:  Soccer shoes and shin guards.
Softball:  Glove required; hat or visor optional.
Swimming:  Goggles and additional towels; shower shoes optional.
Tennis:  Racquet, tennis shoes, sunscreen

Miscellaneous Items

Fan (table top, box or free standing style)
Laundry bag
Pillow & pillowcase
1 set twin size extra-long sheets**
Blanket or sleeping
Bath towels & washcloths
Toilet articles
Inexpensive camera
Sunscreen/insect repellent
Money for Camp Store (optional)
Paddle (returning campers only)
Gold Bond Powder

Camp Dress Code

Loras All-Sports Camp is an athletic/activity-oriented camp and we require the ‘sports look’ at all times.
Athletic shoes, socks, shorts, and shirts are to be worn at all times.
‘Short shorts,’ rolled shorts, spaghetti strap tops, strapless tops, bare midriffs, and sandals are no allowed.
NO jewelry, pierced or otherwise, is to be worn during instruction and activities for safety reasons.
No expensive, dressy outfits are necessary.
*No black soled shoes please



5 Full days of activity

Daily Schedule (Monday-Thursday)

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Day Campers arrive
9:00-11:30 a.m. Major activity instruction
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00-1:45 p.m. Feeling good time
1:45-3:00 p.m. 1st Minor instruction:
3:00-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:30 p.m. 2nd Minor instruction:
4:30-5:15 p.m. Supervised Free time (Designated areas)
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Huddle competition by age group
7:30 p.m. Evening program
9:00 p.m. Day campers depart
9:45 p.m. Individual huddle meetings and lights out

Daily Evening Schedule

Sunday: Get acquainted and trust-building activities
Monday: Team-building activities
Tuesday: Games and group activities
Wednesday: Fun night: dance, swimming, movie
Thursday: Council fire
Friday: Camp Olympics at the Rock Bowl Stadium

Sunday Checkin

2:00-4:00 p.m. Resident Camper Check-in*
3:15-4:00 p.m. Day Camper Check-in*
   *Check-in includes:
    (a) Meeting camp nurse (all campers/parents)
    (b) Receiving room & huddle assignment
    (c) Meeting your camper’s counselor
    (d) Brief Orientation
4:00 p.m. Parents leave camp
4:10 p.m. Camper activities begin
6:00 p.m. Dinner
9:00 p.m. Day Camper Pick-up

Friday Olympics

At the end of each session on Friday, the Camp Olympics are held. This is an opportunity for parents to see thier campers in action!Below is the schedule of events. A more detailed schedule of where campers will be located throughout the day will be available upon arrival at the Rock Bowl Stadium.
Please arrive early enough to allow for parking; the opening ceremony starts promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Dorms will not be opened for room pick up until after 8:45 a.m. No exceptions.

8:45 a.m. Report to Rock Bowl Stadium
9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies (Rock Bowl)
9:30-9:55 a.m. First Competition
10:05-10:30 a.m. Second Competition
10:40-11:05 a.m. Third Competition
11:15-11:45 a.m. Observe Camper’s Major
12:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies (Rock Bowl)
12:45 p.m. Lunch – Campers Free

Meet Our Staff

The people that make it happen
Tom Kult

Tom Kult

This will be Tom’s 2nd year as Director of the All-Sports Camp. He has been part of the camp for 25 years having roles as the Assistant Director, Program Director, Head Counselors and starting as a counselor in 1993.
Bob and Judy Tucker

Bob and Judy Tucker

Dr. Bob Tucker and his wife, Judy, founded the All-Sports Camps at Loras College in 1982. Since that time, they have developed the camp into one of the premier sports camps for children in the country. The camp consistently attracts over 2,400 campers for the four, one-week sessions.


The answers to some of your frequent questions

For Cancellations prior to April 15th, 2018, the total fee, less a $50.00 processing fee is refundable. For cancellations after April 15th, 2018, the $175.00 registration deposit is forfeited. If cancellation occur within 3 weeks prior to session start date, the entire tuition, including deposit, will be forfeited. Refunds (less a processing fee) will be permitted only for medical reason verfied by the attending physician. Medical cancellations must be verified within 30 days of cancellation to receive full refund (less a $175.00 processing fee). After 30 days, only half tuition will be refunded. All cancellations must be in written form (email,fax, or mailed to the camp office).

A confirmation letter will be mailed in early March and will list the payment breakdown for each camper and any balance due. The due dates are listed in the camp brochure, on the camp application and will be listed on the confirmation letter. Credit cards will NOT automatically be charged. You may call the camp office to charge the remaining camper balance or check the appropriate box on the bottom portion of your confirmation letter and return it to the camp office.

An email reminder is sent approximately 1 week prior to the final payment date for each session. Please be sure to have current email information in your camper account. A $25 fee will be assessed per camper for late payments.

Session 1 due date - May 1st
Session 2 due date - May 1st
Session 3 due date - May 1st
Session 4 due date - May 1st

NOTE: To complete camper forms in your account prior to the start of registration periods, you will need to select "I just want to add or update my information" from the ADD PROGRAM tab. This will allow access to the camper's dashboard before sessions are available for selection.

NEW CAMPERS may use the "Click here to register or update my camper's account" (Upper left corner of the homepage) to create a new camper account. Multiple campers (siblings) may be added to one account. All forms need to be completed on the camper dashboard, including the Health Form, Camper Profile, Waiver, Years Attended and Heard From. Day Campers will also be asked to fill out the Huddle Buddy Request Form and the Day Camper Release Form.

RETURNING CAMPERS will also use the "Click here to register or update my camper's account" (Upper left corner of the homepage) . All forms need to be completed on the camper dashboard, including the Health Form, Camper Profile, Waiver, Years Attended and Heard From. Day Campers will also be asked to fill out the Huddle Buddy Request Form and the Day Camper Release Form. Forms are not transferrable from the prior year to ensure that all information is current.

For early registration you will not be selecting camper activities at the time of session selection and making your deposit. Information on entering sport preferences will be emailed to early registrants at a later time. Activity assignments will be made in early March based on the Date and Time registrations were received. Confirmations letters will be both emailed and mailed in hard copy form in early March.

Bus reservations (non-refundable) and Care Package orders will also be available for selection during registration.

We recommend that all camper forms are completed prior to the early and regular registration periods. This will help to expedite the selection of your session choice and making the required $175.00 minimum deposit payment. Please contact the camp office at: (563) 588-7053 if you are having trouble with password or logging into your camper account. You may also email us at sports.camp@loras.edu.

Summer camp is a unique respite from the pressures of everyday life. In addition to being fun, attending camp is a wonderful growing and learning opportunity for your child, and will provide him/her with skills, lessons, friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Camp is a great place to unlock a child’s potential, develop self-esteem and enhance their social skills while having the time of their lives. You as parents should feel good about providing your child with this wonderful opportunity, and the “letting go” will be good for both of you. It will help develop a healthy independence. For the first-time camper, how he/she is prepared will influence the overall experience, and parents are often the key to a rewarding and successful camp session.

First of all, parents should be supportive and sensitive. Any new experience, especially in a new environment, causes nervousness, but a positive outlook and encouragement are crucial to a successful camp experience. This includes parents as well as campers! According to Bob Ditter, a social worker and former camp director, “Homesickness is as much a parent’s problem as it is a child’s problem.” Talk to your child about camp, the expectations, the activities, and the environment and, of course, the fun they will have. A prepared and encouraged child will feel less apprehensive about the impending camp term. Encourage overnight stays with friends and relatives prior to going to camp. This will help your child adjust to being away from home and adapting to new surroundings.

Secondly, how a parent responds to that first “homesick” letter can make or break the camp experience. According to University of California psychologist Chris Thuber, homesickness is actually the norm and not the exception. In his studies he found that a whopping 83% of the campers studied reported homesickness on at least one day of camp. David G. Richardson, Director of the Fay School, states, “Homesickness is a part of life. It’s a part of growing up and breaking away. Most people experience homesickness at some time in their lives. Many people learn to cope with homesickness at summer camp, and camp is a good place to deal with the feeling of homesickness. Camp is a place for children to learn self-confidence. Camp is a place where children learn about responsibility. Camp is a place to have fun with new friends. Camp is a safe, caring environment where nurturing adults are trained to support children through this sometimes difficult growth process. Homesickness is normal and will go away!”

If you should receive a homesick letter from your camper, don’t panic! If you can, wait for the next letter to see if the content has become more optimistic. Often the first couple of days are a big adjustment and it may take some time for your camper to become more involved in the program, cabin and activities and to make some friends. Be sympathetic, but positive and encouraging in your replies. Don’t dwell on how much you miss them, how lonely things are without them or giving too much information about home which may cause anxiety. Ask lots of questions about camp, their activities, new friends, and be encouraging. Also, in this day of instant access, email is wonderful for quick messages. Parents need to be careful, though, not to send so many instant “messages” that they interfere with their child’s adjustment to camp life. If things continue to look ‘grim’, be prepared to work with camp staff to help your child work through the situation. Call camp and express your concerns. Let the staff investigate the situation and get back with you. Have faith in your camper and the camp staff. Your child’s camp counselors play an important role in the adjustment process and are probably the most instrumental persons in dealing with your camper. They are prepared. Let them do the job you have entrusted them to do.

We take the attitude that homesickness is a natural occurrence and simply means that a camper misses his/her family and the security of being with them. Our job is to help your camper work through these feelings and to learn to feel secure in the camp environment. Rest assured that if your child is having an extremely difficult time at camp that someone from camp will contact you to discuss the best way to handle the situation and your child. If you don’t hear from camp, but the letters home are sad, then this could mean your child is writing homesick letters, but not exhibiting homesick behavior. It is very possible that your camper is actually doing well at camp, but had a low moment of some kind which he/she needed to share with you. View this as a compliment because your child trusts you and knows he/she can count on you for comfort and encouragement at that difficult moment.

Please avoid the temptation to pick your child up early if he/she is unhappy, or to “make a deal”. Avoid telling your child, “If you give camp a few days and don’t like it, I will come get you.” The offer to rescue your child is done with the best of intentions, but a child may focus on nothing else but how to make this happen and will never give camp a fair chance. Don’t feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. This opportunity is the first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth and development. However, trust your instincts. A very small percentage of homesick cases can be severe, with a camper not eating or sleeping and suffering from severe anxiety or depression. In these circumstances, camp will work with the families and camper to get through this rough time, but in rare occasions it may be necessary for the child to go home. If this is the decision, the remaining time spent at home is vital to keeping the child productive and minimizing blows to his/her self-esteem. Discuss what worked and didn’t work for your child at camp. Emphasize that it was a learning experience and discuss what was leaned. Focus on the positive and encourage your child to try a new adventure or program next summer.

We will do everything in our power to insure a memorable and happy camp experience for your child. If you have any concerns this summer, please let us know. Our goal is for your camper to be with us for many summers and that Loras All-Sports camp will be their ‘home away from home”!

Once the payment has been processed, an Email confirmation will be sent and at that time the online status will change to “Registered”. Online Camper status will remain at “Enrolled but not registered” until the minimum deposit /payment has been processed. Activities will be assigned in March, prior to mailing confirmation letters. We appreciate your patience as we process the many applications we receive each year.

Letters may be mailed to or from campers and small care packages may be sent to the camper in care of the Loras All-Sports Camp. Please limit packages to shoe-box size or smaller. Oversized packages will not be delivered to campers. Due to camper allergies, we ask that you do not send balloons or flowers.

Also included in the confirmation packet will be information about our one-way email system used during camp. All emails will be printed daily and given to campers at their evening meeting. Return emails from campers are not available.

Per the camp policy, campers are not allowed to call home or permitted to bring cellular phones or two-way radios. If your camper is having a hard time adjusting to camp, a call from the Head Counselor or Camp Director will be made to you to discuss the situation. Cell Phones, Pagers or Two-Way Radios will be confiscated and held until the end of the week.

A huddle group is the group your camper will be assigned to at camp. Huddle groups are made up of approximately 10-12 campers per 1 counselor. Roommates are assigned to the same huddle group and will be together with their counselor in the dorm and the entire day, with the exception during major and minor activities and structured free-time. Huddle groups are put together based on grade, no more than one grade different, and and make up 5-6 sets of roommates and day campers.

No. Unless you have previously set up a payment plan through the camp office your credit card will not be billed automatically. You may pay by check, by online credit card in your camper’s online account or by phoning in the credit card payment to the camp office at (563) 588-7053.

Camp is a great place to meet new friends and make lifelong memories. Roommates will usually be placed together in the same huddle group. Campers who do NOT have a requested roommate can request to be in a huddle with one other camper they know. Please call the office at 563-588-7053 to obtain the Loras All-Sports Camp Request Form. For more information on roommates or huddles, please visit the Roommates/Huddle Groups tab (Unless one of the roommates has selected another camper as a roommate).

The bus leaves the Interstate 294 North Hinsdale Oasis East Exit at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday (campers need to bring a packed lunch). The returning bus back returns to the same Hinsdale Oasis on Friday at approximately 6:00 p.m. We are sorry - NO REFUNDS FOR BUS CANCELLATIONS. Please see the Transportation tab for more information.

Once we begin the process of assigning activities to campers, the online activity side must be turned off to avoid interruptions during this process. The activities are assigned based on camper registration date/time in the order they were received into the computer. Activities will be printed on the confirmation letter and mailed in early March. Once huddles are completed and filled out, this feature wil be unavailable.

Minors are sorted by a computer program and split into two equal afternoon sessions. There is no guarantee that you will end up in the same minor session as your friends. Majors have only one session for each activity so campers with the same major will be together.

An information sheet will be included with each confirmation packet. This lists all the sport equipment for each sport that is required, as well as the basic necessities a camper will need throughout the week at camp. Online Information Sheet, scroll to the bottom.

Camp vouchers in the amount of $200 or $300 will need to be mailed into the camp office to be credited towards a camper's account. You are not able to use the vouchers towards deposits at registration time. Please mark the camper's name on the voucher before mailing.

Camp store money is optional. Our camp store will be open during Sunday check-in and the Camp Olympics on Friday as well as during free-time and in the evening each day. Juices, water, candy and clothing/hats are available for sale. Please send your camper with a combination of smaller denominations such as $1,$5, or $10.

The time the camper will be arriving should be indicated on the travel form. If the information was not previously indicated on the travel form, a phone call should be made to the camp office to notify us of the approximate time the camper will be arriving. Campers will not be permitted to check-in after 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. Arrivals after 8:00 p.m. need to check in on Monday morning before 8:30 a.m. at the Camp office in Rohlman Hall. Campers will not be permitted to check in later than 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning. Please call the camp office with any questions at (563) 588-7053 or (563) 588-4940.


Loras College All-Sports Camps

1450 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque, IA 52001-4399
Phone: (563) 588-7053 or (563) 588-4940
Fax: (563) 588-4975
Email: Sports.Camp@loras.edu

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
During Camp Weeks: (June/July)
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

1450 Alta Vista St.Dubuque, Iowa

Call Us(563)588-7053

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