Camp Fire Heart of Iowa

At Camp Discovery, campers explore the fun of the great outdoors, science, art, games and more! There are weekly themes designed to enrich young minds all while they have fun swimming, going on field trips and making lasting friendships. Camp Discovery offers a variety of activities for every camper to discover. 

Discovery Day Camp/Pre-Kamp

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 before MAY 16, 2014. Forms received after this date are not guaranteed financial assistance.

Fee: $170/week

Drop Sites and Drop Off Times:
Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines):  Drop Off: 7:00-8:30AM         Pick Up: 4:00-6:00PM
Greenwood Park (Des Moines):                  Drop Off: 7:00-8:30AM         Pick Up: 4:00-6:00PM
​OLIH Catholic Church (Ankeny):                  Drop Off: 7:30-8:00AM         Pick Up: 5:00-5:30PM
2014 Discovery Day Camp Schedule
Program Date Program Description Field Trip Swimming Day
June 9-13 All About Camp: Do you day camp? This week you'll get to know all about Camp Discovery! From games to swimming to crafts. Skate North Tuesday & Thursday
June 16-20 Animal Planet: With a trip to the zoo, we'll be learning all about the big and small of the animal kingdom. Blank Park Zoo Tuesday & Thursday
June 23-27 Wild Wild West: Get ready for a hoe-down throw down as we take a trip to Hantesa to explore in the great outdoors! Iowa Cubs Game Tuesday & Thursday
June 30-July 3 Red, White, and Blue: Every day at camp is a party, but this week will be focused on celebrating the Red, White, and Blue! Living History Farms Tuesday & Thursday
July 7-11 Beat the Heat: There's no better way to beat the summer heat than a refreshing swim at an aquatic center and playing water games in the backyard. Aquatic Center Tuesday & Thursday
July 14-18 The Science of Fun: A trip to the Science Center will get us ready to try some experiments of our own at camp! Science Center Tuesday & Thursday
July 21-25 Iowa Adventures: Don't miss out on one of our most popular weeks as we explore all that Iowa has to offer, including a trip to Adventureland! Adventureland Tuesday & Thursday
July 28-August 1 Myths, Movies, and Magic: From Harry Potter to Avatar, we'll be having fun with our imaginations this week making fantasy worlds at our camp site! Creek Stomping @ Ledges State Park Tuesday & Thursday
August 4-8 Olympic Games: This is sure to include some wacky and friendly competition. Pick up your torch and join a winning team! Iowa Hall of Pride Tuesday & Thursday
August 11-15 Diary of a Camping Kid: Thinking back to all the fun we've had this summer, we'll be recreating the great times we've shared! TBD Tuesday & Thursday
Pre-Kamp Day Camp Schedule (ages 4-5)
Program Date Program Description Field Trip Swimming Day
July 14-18 Movin' & Groovin': Shake things up for the music lover inside; from dancing to making muysical instruments, and everything in between! Science Center Tuesday & Thursday
July 21-25 It's Time to Move It! Move It!: Join us for water games, active games, crafts, and a fun filled week! Blank Park Zoo Tuesday & Thursday