With a commitment to nurturing the potential of a child, our Y Day Camp experience focuses on:

Youth Development   |   Achievement   |   Relationships   |   Belonging

There is something for everyone in our summer school-age program including swimming, field trips, arts & crafts, active games, and character development, all while making friends, memories and lots of laughs. That is what the cool school summer program is all about. 



June 8 – August 21 | 1-Week Sessions Available

Program Hours:
Monday – Friday 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Includes breakfast, lunch, & afternoon snack.

Caring for children who have completed Kindergarten through Grade 5.

Note: Space is limited to 70 children per week. For availability please contact SACC@dubuquey.org or call 563.556.33771

Program Fees:

$129 Member/Week*
$159 Non-Member/Week
Registration Fee: $25 (One time fee)
*Must have a 1 or 2 adult household membership for member rate.

2020 Cool School Brochure

Camp and Cool School Comparison

Registration Forms – Fillable PDF

* To register, please fill out the fillable PDF linked above and send it to SACC@dubuquey.org



Cool School participants will be taking planned field trips throughout the summer. We will provide a calendar in advance that will let you know which days they will be gone. On these days there will be no cool school staff in the building due to the participant to staff ratio in the program. Please plan to drop off and pick up around this schedule.

Mines of Spain, Swiss Valley, Mississippi River Museum, Creative Adventure Lab, AND MORE!
  • Arrival/Free Choice Play
  • Announcements
  • Breakfast
  • Gym/Outdoor Playtime
  • Theme Activities
  • Lunch and Quiet Activities
  • Reading/Journal
  • Swimming
  • Snack
  • Gym/Outdoor Play
  • Departure/Free Choice Play
* Schedule varies from day to day and from group to group. Parents will be sent an email with their child’s schedule upon registration.

To register please use the link below and email the filled out forms to SACC@dubuquey.org, or drop off or send registration forms and full payment to: Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA, Camp Registration, 35 N Booth St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

Consider a Y family membership so your child can enjoy a whole year of activities at the member rate. Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA family memberships are available on a monthly draft or annual payment plan.
The Dubuque Y now offers income-based pricing which allows individuals and families to provide documentation of income and receive an adjusted rate that fits them for the membership type they are looking for. To see how much your membership would be with our new income-based pricing and the process/what you will need to sign up please visit (dubuquey.org/membershipinfo).


What activities do they do? Table games, arts and crafts, reading, games in the gym, swimming, outside activities, and educational activities with guest instructors.

Do I need a Family Membership to receive the member rate? Yes, please see above for more information.

Is there a registration fee? Yes, there is a $25 one time fee.

What is the earliest I can drop my child off? 6:30 AM at the Dubuque Y.

Where is Drop off and Pick up? Drop off and pick up are at the Dubuque Y located at 35N Booth Street. Children will be assigned “homerooms” and check-in and out will be from those rooms.

What is the latest I can pick up my child? 6:00 PM at the Dubuque Y.

Can I pick up my child up early or drop my child off late? Yes, unless we are on a field trip. Field trip schedules will be given to parents in advance. Children may not be dropped off at a trip location.

Can I bring my own child’s lunch? Yes, make sure nothing in the lunch needs to be refrigerated and there are no items that contain peanuts or tree nuts.

What items should I pack? Change of clothes, swimsuit, towel, hat, water bottle, optional snack, Sun Screen.

Where is Cool School located? 35 N Booth Street Dubuque, Iowa

What do the themes mean? Themes will be used for crafts and various actives during the week each week is pretty similar as far as main activities.

What if it is very hot outside? We will limit the time in the sun if the air temperature is over 90 degrees with the humidity over 60 % we will not go outside.