Pride Camp University

Welcome to Pride Camp University!

What is Pride Camp University?

Iowa Safe Schools is excited to bring the Pride Camp experience to 6th-8th grade (ages 11-13) students through Pride Camp University. Structured in an interactive day-camp format, we can't wait to offer your camper new experiences that encourage students to be Confident, Healthy, Innovative, Qualified, and Engaged (to learn more about Iowa Safe Schools’ CHIQE standards, click here)

We also look forward to creating an environment where students are able to create amazing memories and lasting friendships with other LGBTQ and Allied students.

Since 2002, Iowa Safe Schools’ mission has been to provide safe, supportive, and nurturing learning environments and communities for LGBTQ and allied youth through education, outreach, advocacy, and victim services. Pride Camp University offers students not yet old enough to attend Pride Camp to engage in the activities and experiences that Pride Camp has to offer.

Enroll your camper in Pride Camp University today!


Getting ready for Pride Camp university

Communication with Families


 The Pride Camp Director will contact parents/guardians if their camper requires outside health care or emergency care, or if a camper needs to be picked up from Camp.

We ask that once campers are dropped off for the day, that families refrain from visiting Pride Camp University without first having a conversation with the Pride Camp Director. This will ensure that arrangements can be made for campers to remain engaged in daily activities.

All campers are required to provide proof of health insurance. Parents/guardians are responsible for paying the costs of any outside health care and prescriptions.

Camp Staff


We truly believe the Pride Camp team is the best in the country! Iowa Safe Schools is confident that staff and counselors of Pride Camp University have the right experience, special talents, empathy, and creativity to provide campers with unforgettable memories!

All Iowa Safe Schools staff have been thoroughly screened through a complete background check and criminal history check.

The Pride Camp Director is available to answer any questions that families have regarding Pride Camp University, staff, or programming.

Fun at Pride Camp University


Pride Camp University is designed for campers to have fun, build lasting relationships, feel a sense of belonging, and develop important skills!

Part of having fun at Pride Camp University includes staying hydrated, eating balanced meals, and coming to camp with an open mind and positive attitude.

What should my camper wear?


We ask that campers wear closed-toe shoes and socks daily. Campers will be participating in physically active games and challenges, as well as creating projects with various art supplies. As with any camp environment, camp CAN GET MESSY! 

We encourage campers to wear clothes that are comfortable and express their identity in a modest fashion. Please do not send campers in clothing with inappropriate language or references to drugs or alcohol.

What should my camper bring?


The cost of Pride Camp University includes continental breakfast items each morning as well as a brown bag lunch and all supplies and activities for camp. The only thing your camper needs to bring is a positive attitude and PRIDE!

Please do NOT bring the following items:

  • Money
  • Weapons of any kind; pocket knives, lighters, or matches
  • Tobacco products, alcohol, or illegal drugs. Pride Camp is a smoke-free and e-cig/vape-free campus.
  • Food, candy, chewing gum, or soda
  • Radios, music/DVD/video game players, iPads, iPods, Kindles, or other electronics
  • Inappropriate reading material (ex. offensive or violent pictures or content)
  • High-value items
  • Pets (Service animals are exempt)
  • Sports equipment

Still have questions?


 We want families and loved ones of campers to feel 100% confident in sending their student to Pride Camp University. If you still have questions, we would love to connect with you.   

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Important information to know


Violation of Pride Camp Rules

Included in every registration packet is a Pride Camp Rules Contract that all campers must review with their parent/guardian before attending Pride Camp University Jr. These rules are created to ensure that every camper enjoys camp and all the activities they participate in, and make an safe and affirming space for all campers. 

Every attempt will be made to work with a camper who is not following the Pride Camp Rules

Restroom Accident Procedure

In the event a camper has a restroom accident, the following actions will be followed: Parents/guardians will be notified to bring replacement clothes for their camper to clean themselves up and change outfits. If a camper is not able to accomplish this on their own, parents/guardians will need to pick up their camper or help the campers clean up themselves.

Note: Iowa Safe Schools staff are under no circumstances allowed to clean up or change a camper who has had an accident.

Head Lice

If your camper is found to have head lice, they will be isolated and parents/guardians will be contacted and required to pick up their child immediately. In addition, all parents will be notified immediately in writing of the presence of head lice.