St. Mark Youth Enrichment Announces Summer St. Mark Heroes Camp 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path

Public Registration Now Open for Western Dubuque Families, Dubuque Opens February 28

St. Mark Youth Enrichment is excited to announce this year’s Summer St. Mark Heroes Camp (formerly St. Mark Summer Heroes Academy). The agency is excited to work with community partners to bring summer learning opportunities immersed in an environment of safety, love, and belonging to elementary-aged students in Western Dubuque and Dubuque.

Public registration is now open in Western Dubuque and will open February 28 in Dubuque.  Spots are limited and registrations are expected to fill fast.

This summer program will be offered for 5 weeks, beginning June 20th through July 22 with no program on July 4 (Monday).

Dubuque classes will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Western Dubuque (hosted in Dyersville) will run 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students entering grades K-5th in the Fall of 2022 are eligible. The cost for all 5 weeks of these programs is $375 with limited scholarships available for families in need.

The program will be heavily focused on literacy and will also have components of weekly themes, physical literacy, snacks and enrichment activities. Guest speakers and readers, as well as field trips, will add to this program, engaging and helping students to learn while having fun. Certified teachers and staff are hired to work with the students, and St. Mark along with the schools will be doing assessments and evaluations to measure the success of the program.

The theme this year is Read Beyond the Beaten Path, aligning with the National Collaborative Summer Library Programs. The weekly themes incorporate community service, social and emotional well-being, and health and wellness into our Literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Music) curriculum. Students will receive a weekly book and a t-shirt to keep by the end of the program.


New this year are themed classes for 3rd through 5th grade students in Dubuque. All three themed classes will include a focus on academics and social-emotional learning as well.

This class with have a stronger focus on food, cooking, and the science behind it.

Nature Navigators
This class with have a stronger focus on nature and exploration.

Project STEAM
This class will have a stronger focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math and will have a specialized curriculum and enrichment to dive deeper into the 5 components of STEAM.



Last summer, 118 children participated in the St. Mark summer program. 88% increased their literacy skills* and 90% demonstrated strengths in social-emotional skills**.

“This program brought smiles and joy to our kids and all of us at St. Mark,” said Executive Director Dawn Cogan. “Together we engaged in days filled with fun, learning, friendship, and adventure.”

To register or learn more, visit or contact Ron Paar at 563.582.6211 x108 or

*measured by QuickPhonics Screener
**measured by Deveraux Student Strengths Assessment

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St. Mark Youth Enrichment (formerly St. Mark Community Center) is a non-profit organization that has served the Dubuque Community for more than 30 years. St. Mark provides before and after school programming in Title 1 elementary schools in the Dubuque Community School District as well as programs in Dyersville and Peosta. To learn more, visit