Camp Canwita is located on North Duff in Ames, Iowa.  This secluded day camp provides a wonderful nature setting for youth going into 1st grade through 8th grade offering exciting field trips, optional overnights, and active team games throughout the week as well as multiple swimming trips to the local pool. Throughout the summer we'll visit the Science Center, the Zoo, and several water parks.

Canwita Day Camp

$165/week : Full Price 

Financial assistance is available for those families who qualify.  An application can be found under the forms/resources tab.

This form must be submitted to the Camp Fire office with the necessary documentation (found on the application) along with the program registration. Campership assistance is provided on a limited first come, first served basis and is not guaranteed.

Drop Sites and Drop Off Times:
Camp Canwita: ​Drop Off: 6:45-8:30AM         Pick Up:  4:00-6:00PM

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2015 Canwita Day Camp Schedule

Program Date

                                              Program Description                                     

Field Trip
June 1-5

A Brave Green World - Ever heard of 'Going Green'? Let's start off the summer by

exploring the outdoors, learning about our environment, and enjoying eco-friendly

activities to celebrate our home planet!

June 8-12

Slime & Grime -  Pull up your sleeves and get ready for a week of fun, as we worm,

squirm and slime our way through this week's activities; all the way to the Science Center!

Science Center

of Des Moines

June 15-19

Wildlife Detectives - Investigate the wild side of nature! Set forth on an adventure

guaranteed to uncover all the mystery that surrounds you in the woods!

Living History Farm
June 22-26

Let the Games Begin -  Ready, Set, Go! From frisbee golf to gaga and everything in

between, there will be sports of all sorts as we get ready for an Iowa Cubs Game!

Iowa Cubs Game
June 29-July 3

Red, White, and YOU! -  There's going to be a party in the USA and it's featuring Y-O-U!

Let's celebrate with a rockin' carnival, team challenges and game, and a service learning


July 6-10

Pirates of Canwita Cove - Ahoy, matey! Time to hoist the sails and frolic in the briny deep

as we walk the plank and plunder a treasure chest full of fun and games!

Holiday Aquatic


July 13-17

Nature in a Nutshell - This week we'll explore the natural world around us from hiking,

learning about natural habitats, shelter building and more!

Neal Smith

Wildlife Refuge

July 20-24

Creaturemania - With magnifying glasses and nets in tow, we will discover what

creatures call Iowa home; including our exotic and interesting creature-friends at the

Blank Park Zoo!

Blank Park Zoo
July 27-31

Wet, Wild, & Wacky - Get soaked in this water-filled week of slip 'n slides and water

balloons. With water being a summer must, this is one week you don't want to miss!

Valley View

Aquatic Center

August 3-7

Last Blast - Let's end the summer with a bang! While we remember all the good times we

had, we will add some new ones as we head to Adventureland!


($20 additional fee)