Loras All-Sports CampsEnjoy Campus


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/ZIP LINE (Off campus) Prequisite for the activity: Campers must weigh a minimum of 55 pounds (Major only)

Major ($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) 

Major ($50 fee) – Depending upon the ability of the camper, will have an opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals as well as refine and become a more consistent bowler. All sessions are divided into groups according to ability levels. Lessons will include challenge activities and games. (Limit – 30) 

Minor ($45 fee) - Covers the same as the Major except less time given to each area due to time constraints. (Limit - 60)


Learn and practice jumps, motion cheers, chants, and dance routine. Perform at the closing ceremonies of the camp on Friday morning. (Limit – 100)


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 $45 fee, must be entering 5th grade+) 

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, $115 fee, Must be entering 5th grade)

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)


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)

ICE SKATING - LEARN TO ICE SKATE (Minor only, off campus, $45 fee)

Ice Skates provided if needed.   Have you ever wanted to learn to ice skate?  Now is the time!  Campers will be taught how to ice skate using United States Figure Skating instructional methods.  Campers will practice drills and enjoy fun games which will significantly improve their skating abilities.  Learn to Skate will take place at the new $7.5 million Mystique Community Ice Center. (Limit - 50)

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/ no exceptions!)

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)


SPORT PERFORMANCE NEW! (Major only) Must be entering 6th grade or above.

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)

MinorCovers 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)


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, $80 fee) *Must be entering 6th grade and weigh at least 85 pounds or heavier 

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/no exceptions!)


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)