WHO IS CAMP FIRE IOWA?

Camp Fire includes youth of all races, religions, socioeconomic status, disability, or sexual orientation. Camp Fire’s coeducational programs help both girls and boys cultivate their unique talents and skills. More importantly, Camp Fire offers all families, whatever a family may look like in today’s society, life-enhancing experiences and the opportunity to serve, plan, and grow together. We believe that the best youth development takes place in small group environments where youth have an opportunity to interact with adult and other youth in a safe, fun environment that allows them to develop personal skills and ongoing relationships with others in the group.








WHY CAMP FIRE

What is Camp Fire?
It’s a way of life.
For more than 100 years, Camp Fire has been providing a nurturing, constructive and fun environment for young people to light the fire within – to discover who they are, become a strong leader and contribute to their community.  Participants in nature to learn, explore and grow together while developing a lifelong respect for the outdoors.  Campers will go on exciting field trips, play games, make crafts, go swimming and form great new friendships!




STAFF & BOARD MEMBERS

Meet our staff & board members! We have seasonal, summer staff opportunities at all of our overnight and day camp programs throughout Des Moines, Ames, and Boone. If you enjoy working with youth, sharing the camp experience, or working outdoors, apply today to change the life of a youth forever.


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DAY CAMPS

In collaboration with highly trained, caring adults, Camp Fire’s programs also connect young people with nature. Camp Fire offers day camps, overnight camps, environmental education and short-term outdoor programs that include day trips. At camp, youth from different backgrounds develop important skills, such as self-reliance and problem solving, while interacting with natural surroundings and enjoying fun activities, such as swimming, archery, hiking and so much more!


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PARTNERS & SPONSORS

Thank You for Supporting Camp Fire! We could not do what we do, without your support!


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GUIDANCE & TRUST

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa is dedicated to helping youth shape our programs, as well as their own futures. If you’d like to become more involved in Camp Fire, this page will update you on opportunities to light your spark.


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CAMPFIRE IOWA FOUNDED

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa offers a wide variety of programs throughout central Iowa fitting the needs of overnighters and day campers alike. Whether you like creek stomping, bugs, or sports, we’ve got a summer of fun waiting for you!


Camp Outrageous offers new experiences and challenges for older campers by making the most of their summer with exciting activities and action packed days.


Your campers will meet lifelong new friends, and they could even meet up with old friends!



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VOTED BEST CAMP!

Camp Fire has programs during the summer and school year for kids ages Pre-K – 12th grade. We have day camps, overnight camps, before and after school programs, school days out programs and special events.


Camp Fire Heart of Iowa takes after school programming to a higher level, while the standard tutoring and homework help is provided.


If horses are your passion, then Herman’s Ranch is the perfect camp experience.


GREAT FUN FOR YOUR KIDS

We have two permanent camps, Camp Hantesa in Boone and Camp Canwita in Ames.


SUMMER CAMPS

Various lodge buildings that include restrooms and/or showers.

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BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL

Campers can find great activities to learn

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DAY CAMPS

Picnics at Ledges State Park

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Camp Fire Heart of Iowa


5615 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310




CAMP HANTESA


1450 Oriole Road, Boone, IA 50036




CAMP CANWITA


Ames, Iowa