Over a century of experience as a leader in providing programs and services to youth and their families has allowed Camp Fire to carve out a unique niche in the youth development movement in America. Camp Fire has adopted a promise statement and set of core values that firmly embrace our unique mission and assure that we continue to meet the needs of young people and families into the 21st century. 

About Camp Fire

What makes Camp Fire different?
  1. We are participant-centered - identifying passions and sparks.  Youth are actively engaged and are given a voice, which helps build self-esteem and self-reliance.
  2. We engage the entire family in fun and outcome-rich activities.
  3. We are open to everyone. We embrace the uniqueness of every youth, teen, and family we serve.
  4. We are led by professional, caring adults using proven methods. Leaders are highly trained role models, who encourage young people to be the best they can be.
  5. ​We develop abilities now. We provide a strong foundation for kids so they are prepared for the present and the future.
Did you know?
  • Camp Fire Heart of Iowa is staffed out of two offices; one office in Des Moines and one at Camp Hantesa in Boone.
  • We have 8 full time staff and 24 part-time staff. During the summer we add another 80 seasonal staff to run our day camps and resident camp.
  • We have two permanent camps, Camp Hantesa in Boone and Camp Canwita in Ames.
  • We have a number of summer locations throughout the metro where we have day camp programs.
  • Camp Fire offers a variety of extra-curricular as well as in school programs including:

          -  Summer day camps and school day off activities for school aged youth.
          -  Summer and winter resident camp.
          -  Before and after school care and programming.

          -  Environmental and experiential education for schools and other groups.

          -  Community club programs and leadership.

Who is Camp Fire?
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.

Camp Fire He​art of Iowa