Camp Kaleidoscope
Camp Kaleidoscope - Bereavement Day Camp for Children
August 16, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Rd

Hospice of Dubuque is excited to offer Camp Kaleidoscope, a free camp for grieving children ages 7-17 who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. This camp is a community outreach program facilitated by trained Hospice of Dubuque staff members. Fun activity stations will help educate, empower, and equip children with healthy grief and coping skills. For more information about Camp Kaleidoscope, contact Hospice of Dubuque at 563.582.1220 or e-mail Mary at

To begin the registration process, please complete this form.


Commonly Asked Questions

What about lunch?
Please send a sack lunch with your child along with a water bottle. Hospice of Dubuque will provide additional water throughout the day.

Who will be supervising my child?
Highly skilled Hospice of Dubuque staff and volunteers will be providing educational activities, leading games, and enjoying time with campers. 

A certified yoga instructor will also be present in the morning to lead and educate campers through the tools and techniques of yoga. 

A Hospice of Dubuque nurse will be present at all times throughout the day. If your child needs medication administered, will use an inhaler, or needs to have an epi-pen present, please communicate this need when registering.

What should my child wear?
Dress for the weather. Campers will need to be able to move around freely without restriction from clothing. Shorts, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes will be the ideal outfit for the day as we will be active and spending time outside. Camp Kaleidoscope will take place as scheduled rain or shine.

How can I prevent sunburn or bug bites on my child?
If you would like to have your child use sunscreen or bug spray, please label the items and send with your child. Please make sure you have signed the release to allow assistance to help your child apply sunscreen or bug spray.

What is happening at 2:30?
A special memorial celebration for campers and their families to honor loved ones will take place from 2:30-3:00. We encourage family members to experience this memorable event together. Please notify us if you are unable to attend.

Why is it called Camp Kaleidoscope?
When butterflies come together, they are referred to as a kaleidoscope. Butterflies start out as caterpillars and undergo a beautiful transformation. It is our hope that campers can come together as a group to process their grief and begin their transformation into healing.