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YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln has been proudly serving youth and families in the community for 90 years.  As a branch of the Scott County Family Y, we work to forward to mission of the YMCA: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

We thank you for taking the time to learn more about the life changing programs we have to offer.  For more information, please do not hesitate to call us at 563.381.3053 or email us at Contact Camp.

We know it can be difficult sending your child off to people you do not know personally. However, you can sleep easy! Our counselors and staff at Camp are not only capable, but are also very excited to work with your child this summer. Camp Abe Lincoln follows over 300 standards in safety, health and program quality as a the level to meet and surpass to ensure a quality experience for all.

During the hiring process, we do expansive background checks to ensure your child’s safety.  All counselors we hire are over the age of 18 and go through a very extensive training program. Besides preparing them to work with children, we also certify them in all the various program areas that Camp Abe Lincoln has to offer. We lifeguard train all of our staff, so your children are safe in all of our aquatic program areas. We also have a medic on site and have a Registered Nurse on call at all times.

Meet the Staff

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Nick “Papa Smurf” Martinez, Executive Director

Nick has worked at Camp since 2005. He is originally from Tennessee and found his way to the mid-west when he attended the University of Dubuque. As a summer job, he started as a camp counselor and realized immediately he had found his passion and career. Throughout the years, he moved up to the Resident Camp Coordinator, Program Director, and has been Executive Director since 2014. When he is not working at Camp, he enjoys exploring with his family and trying new cuisines.

Camp Abe Lincoln
Advisory Board

Mel Steckel
Aaron Miers
Angie Gadzik
Shawn Mages
Joe Cole
Ryan Faust
Derrick Anderson
Rebekah Doering
Justin Forgie
Nassr Nassr
Jeff Kinning
Ben Bush