Camp Imagination offers a perfect mix of challenging academics, enriching experiences, and summer fun to keep elementary children active and progressing during the lazy days of summer. The program was designed in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University to specifically address the problem of summer learning loss, but without the feel of summer school.

Campers spend mornings with qualified teachers improving reading and math skills through challenging learning games and experiential activities. Afternoons include language and culture lessons, drama, music, field trips, and other enriching activities. Such opportunities are ones those in our low-income neighborhood would not normally have. As such, no student pays the almost $1,000 cost per student. Fees are heavily subsidized by grants, the United Way, and donations from generous community friends like you.



Help a Child SoarCamp Imagination Events & Activities

Help A Child Soar

At nearly $1,000 per child, the true cost of Camp Imagination is just too much for many families, especially since about 85% of our families are in the low or moderate income bracket.

Your tax-deductible donation will provide scholarships to low income families to ensure that more children spend the summer reading, writing, developing critical thinking skills, acting


summer-campThe Case for Summer Learning

Camp Imagination was founded in 2008 to stop summer learning loss in low income children—those who are most at risk of being on the wrong side of the achievement gap.  Just the year before, Johns Hopkins University released the results of a decades-long study that showed children of all economic backgrounds progressed at roughly the same rate during the school year, and children from better-off families generally held steady or continued to progress during the lazy days of summer.  However, children from low income families fell back each summer because they were without the school’s resources and lacked the personal financial means to attend science camp, take family trips to museums, read age-appropriate books at home, or enjoy other enriching opportunities.  Further, these kids’ summer learning losses accumulated year after year until two-thirds of the 9th grade achievement gap between the low and middle income children could be explained by what the kids did—or didn’t do—during their childhood summers.

Career Exploration

Students are exposed to a variety of potential career and educational opportunities through field trips, guest speakers, class projects, and special classes.  Among the favorite experiences was a day at the Lamb Theatre, where campers developed a schematic for a cereal commercial, then ‘hired’ actors, rehearsed, and performed their commercials live!


Science & Discovery

Hands on experiments with everyday items are the most engaging way to learn about geysers, life cycles, DNA, robots, rockets, and much more.




Field Trips


Field trips to local historical and unique points of interest helped campers discover Sioux City history at the public museum, aquatic animal life at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, and one of Siouxland’s most unique and kid-friendly destinations—the Railroad Museum.

To find out how to sponsor a child for the summer, for a week, or simply to make a tax-deductible contribution to Camp Imagination, please contact the Executive Director by calling (712) 258-5137.


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