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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – PARENTS

  • What should my camper be able to do in order to participate in Camp Fire Iowa programs?
  • What happens in the case of inclement weather?
  • How is discipline handled at Camp Fire?
  • I have a child with Special Needs. Can they attend camp?
  • How are injuries and illnesses handled at camp?
  • What if my child does not want to swim while at Camp Hantesa?
  • Are refunds given if my child cannot attend a week of camp that I have registered for?
  • What are the qualifications of camp counselors/staff?
  • How much money should my child bring for canteen at Camp Hantesa and what is available?
  • What do I do if someone other than a parent will be picking up my child?
  • Is there a waiting list if a camp is full?
  • How can I register for camp?
  • How can I learn more about Camp Fire and see where my child will be attending?
  • What should my child NOT bring to Camp Fire?
  • What forms are required for registration and where can I find them?
  • How can I let Camp Fire know my child will not be attending a day/session, needs to arrive late, or will be leaving early?
  • How can I locate things my children have lost at camp?
  • How old does my child need to be to attend camp?
  • Is a child’s grade determined by what grade they are completing this year, or what grade they will be in next Fall?
  • Where is the Camp Fire office located?
  • Is there any financial assistance available?
  • How can I donate to Camp Fire?
  • When can I pick up and drop off my child?
  • What is your adult/child ratio?
  • When is payment due for Camp Fire programs?
  • What if my child is on prescribed medication that needs to be taken during a Camp Fire program?
  • How do I register for an After School Program?
  • What is Camp Fire’s tax ID #?
What should my camper be able to do in order to participate in Camp Fire Iowa programs?

Your camper(s) must be able to attend to their personal needs, be able to move independently from place to place, and must be capable of effective interactions in group based programs.

What happens in the case of inclement weather?

Camp will be held in inclement weather unless dangerous to participants and staff. Camps have access to shelters and buildings to utilize throughout the program day. All programming is weather dependent, including horse riding, field trips, swimming, and other activities.

How is discipline handled at Camp Fire?

Camp Fire is interested in the welfare of all children. Participants in Camp Fire programs are expected to follow the rules of the program and obey the direction of the staff. A child’s failure or inability to follow rules or obey directions may cause a serious discipline problem. A serious discipline problem may also occur when a child hampers the smooth flow of the Camp Fire program by requiring constant one-on-one attention, inflicts physical or emotional harm on other children or their self, abuses staff, or is otherwise unable to conform to the rules and guidelines of the Camp Fire program.
If a child becomes a serious discipline problem, the staff will notify the parents of the situation and discuss a solution. If improvement does not occur, or a solution cannot be determined, the staff may recommend that a child be dismissed from the program. The staff will discuss the dismissal procedure with the parents, should a serious discipline problem occur. However, acceptance into the program is conditional on the above policy and right to dismiss a child from the program as outlined above. A child exhibiting behaviors that endangers himself/herself or others will have their parents called and will be sent home immediately.

I have a child with Special Needs. Can they attend camp?

Camp Fire is an all-inclusive organization. We accept any child that can maintain an 8 to 1 child to staff ratio and does not require medical needs beyond the capabilities of staff trained in basic First Aid.

How are injuries and illnesses handled at camp?

All of our staff are certified in First Aid and CPR/AED. Depending on the severity of the injury or illness, each situation will be handled on a case by case basis. Campers will be sent home if they are vomiting or have a fever of higher than 100 degrees. Parents/guardians will be notified as soon as possible in the event of an emergency. 

What if my child does not want to swim while at Camp Hantesa?

For Camp Hantesa and Equestrian Day Camp, swim lessons are part of the camp program. If your child is not swimming, they will need to have a letter from the parent/guardian, or a doctor’s note excusing them from swim lessons. If a camper does not participate in swim lessons, they will not be permitted to participate in free swim that day. 

Are refunds given if my child cannot attend a week of camp that I have registered for?

Refunds, not including the non-refundable deposit, can be given with three business days’ notice prior to the program start date. If no notice, or notice of less than three business days’ prior to a camp session, is not given, refunds will not be given.

What are the qualifications of camp counselors/staff?

All of our summer staff are 18 years of age or older; Site Directors and bus drivers are at least 21 years of age. Counselors  must be able to lead and actively participate in sports/games with children, be able to effectively monitor behavior while using appropriate discipline techniques, and develop age appropriate activities.

How much money should my child bring for canteen at Camp Hantesa and what is available?

For canteen, no products cost more than $1.50 and we only allow children to purchase a maximum of one food item and one drink per day. Fresh fruit is available for children not purchasing items at canteen. Canteen is available daily. Items in Camp Store range from $1 to $20.

What do I do if someone other than a parent will be picking up my child?

Please notify the Camp Fire Service Center for Des Moines or Ames programs and drop sites, or the Camp Hantesa office for Boone programs, in advance. Please also inform the person picking up the camper that they may be asked to present photo identification when picking up the camper.

Is there a waiting list if a camp is full?

Yes, you can sign up to be on a waiting list through our online registration system by choosing the product you want to register for and clicking the button that says “Add to waitlist”. There is no fee or deposit required to be added to waitlist. Once a spot becomes available, you will receive an email notification and the spot will go to the first family that registers for it.

How can I register for camp?

You can register online through our website by clicking Register in the top menu or by going to the Programs tab and selecting which program you are interested in. You may also register over the phone, in person, or by fax, mail, or email.

How can I learn more about Camp Fire and see where my child will be attending?

Please visit our website at www.campfireiowa.org or https://hantesa.wordpress.com/ for more information. Camp Hantesa is available for director interviews and tours by appointment by calling 515-432-1417 or emailing hantesa@campfireiowa.org. For specific questions regarding our Ames and Des Moines program, please call the Camp Fire Service Center at 515-274-1501.

What should my child NOT bring to Camp Fire?

Use of electronics and personal items are only allowed during transport and/or drop off and pick up times. Counselors, Camp Fire, and Camp Hantesa are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please leaving trading cards, such as Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh at home, as they tend to be the result of much conflict among campers and there has been incidences of theft in the past.

What forms are required for registration and where can I find them?

Once registered for a Camp Fire program, you will have received an email confirmation which contains all the information you should need. Please make sure to scroll through the entire email as most forms are sent as attachments at the bottom of the email. You may also get forms off our website by going to the Forms page.

How can I let Camp Fire know my child will not be attending a day/session, needs to arrive late, or will be leaving early?

For Des Moines and Ames programs, please contact the Camp Fire Service Center at 515-274-1501 before 8:00AM on any day you are scheduled to attend a program. For Boone programs, please contact the Camp Hantesa office at 515-432-1417.

How can I locate things my children have lost at camp?

You can search the Lost and Found at your child’s drop off location or  you can contact the Camp Fire Service Center or Camp Hantesa by phone or email to ask for specific items. Please note that we highly recommend marking all of your camper’s belongings with their full name prior to attending any program. Any lost items not claimed at the end of each summer will be donated to the Goodwill after Labor Day weekend.

How old does my child need to be to attend camp?

Each camp has an age requirement based off the grade of each camper. All campers must at least be in Kindergarten or entering the 1st grade to participate in a Camp Fire program. Please refer to individual camps on our website or marketing information to see the grade requirement, or you may call the Camp Fire Service Center at 515-274-1501.

Is a child’s grade determined by what grade they are completing this year, or what grade they will be in next Fall?

For school year programs (Fall, Winter, and Spring), it is determined by the child’s current grade level. For summer programming, it is determined by the grade each camper will be in for the following school year.

Where is the Camp Fire office located?

5615 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310. We are on the North side of Hickman Road between Ace Hardware and Hillis Elementary.

Is there any financial assistance available?

We have a scholarship program called “Camperships” that are available on a financial need basis during our summer programming. You can apply by filling out a Campership Application and providing proof of income. The application can be found on our Forms page, or you can get one at the Camp Fire Service Center.

How can I donate to Camp Fire?

Click the “Donate” button on our website, send a check to the Camp Fire Service Center, or bring in a donation in person.

When can I pick up and drop off my child?

The pick up and drop off times vary for each Camp Fire program and drop site location.  Please refer to your confirmation email for more specific information on times and locations. This information can also be found on our website and marketing information, or you may call the Camp Fire Service Center at 515-274-1501.

What is your adult/child ratio?

Staff/camper ratios that are based on the recommended ratios set by Camp Fire and the American Camping Association are followed. General recommendations are found below:

– 5 years and younger maintain a 1:6 ratio for day programs and 2:10 ratio for overnights

– 6-8 years old maintain a 1:8 ratio for day programs and 2:12 for overnights

– 9-14 years old maintain a 1:10 ratio for day programs and 2:16 for overnights

– 15-18 years old maintain a 1:12 ratio for day programs and 2:20 for overnights

When is payment due for Camp Fire programs?

A deposit is required at the time of registration and the remaining balance is due 3 business days prior to the start date of the program attending.

What if my child is on prescribed medication that needs to be taken during a Camp Fire program?

Medication can be given if it is in the original container with the prescription directions clearly labeled and a signed Health and Consent Form has been received. Camp Fire does not recommend campers be taken off any medication during a summer program that is taken during the school year as your child will typically spend as much, or more, time at camp as they spend at school. However, please consult with your physician to make any short term medical changes for your child. 

How do I register for an After School Program?

Contact Jennifer Radley at 515-274-1501 or jennifer@campfireiowa.org

What is Camp Fire’s tax ID #?

42-0680459



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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – CLUB

  • Who can I contact about Club Programs?
  • How do I start my own club?
  • What should my camper be able to do in order to participate in Camp Fire Iowa programs?
  • How is discipline handled at Camp Fire?
  • I have a child with Special Needs. Can they attend camp?
  • When can I pick up and drop off my child?
  • What do I do if someone other than a parent will be picking up my child?
  • What forms are required for registration and where can I find them?
  • Where is the Camp Fire office located?
  • When is payment due for Camp Fire programs?
Who can I contact about Club Programs?

Contact Marilyn Bagley at 515-274-1501 or marilyn@campfireiowa.org

How do I start my own club?

Contact Marilyn Bagley at 515-274-1501 or marilyn@campfireiowa.org

What should my camper be able to do in order to participate in Camp Fire Iowa programs?

Your camper(s) must be able to attend to their personal needs, be able to move independently from place to place, and must be capable of effective interactions in group based programs.

How is discipline handled at Camp Fire?

Camp Fire is interested in the welfare of all children. Participants in Camp Fire programs are expected to follow the rules of the program and obey the direction of the staff. A child’s failure or inability to follow rules or obey directions may cause a serious discipline problem. A serious discipline problem may also occur when a child hampers the smooth flow of the Camp Fire program by requiring constant one-on-one attention, inflicts physical or emotional harm on other children or their self, abuses staff, or is otherwise unable to conform to the rules and guidelines of the Camp Fire program.
If a child becomes a serious discipline problem, the staff will notify the parents of the situation and discuss a solution. If improvement does not occur, or a solution cannot be determined, the staff may recommend that a child be dismissed from the program. The staff will discuss the dismissal procedure with the parents, should a serious discipline problem occur. However, acceptance into the program is conditional on the above policy and right to dismiss a child from the program as outlined above. A child exhibiting behaviors that endangers himself/herself or others will have their parents called and will be sent home immediately.

I have a child with Special Needs. Can they attend camp?

Camp Fire is an all-inclusive organization. We accept any child that can maintain an 8 to 1 child to staff ratio and does not require medical needs beyond the capabilities of staff trained in basic First Aid.

When can I pick up and drop off my child?

The pick up and drop off times vary for each Camp Fire program and drop site location.  Please refer to your confirmation email for more specific information on times and locations. This information can also be found on our website and marketing information, or you may call the Camp Fire Service Center at 515-274-1501.

What do I do if someone other than a parent will be picking up my child?

Please notify the Camp Fire Service Center for Des Moines or Ames programs and drop sites, or the Camp Hantesa office for Boone programs, in advance. Please also inform the person picking up the camper that they may be asked to present photo identification when picking up the camper.

What forms are required for registration and where can I find them?

Once registered for a Camp Fire program, you will have received an email confirmation which contains all the information you should need. Please make sure to scroll through the entire email as most forms are sent as attachments at the bottom of the email. You may also get forms from our website.

Where is the Camp Fire office located?

5615 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310. We are on the North side of Hickman Road between Ace Hardware and Hillis Elementary.

When is payment due for Camp Fire programs?

A deposit is required at the time of registration and the remaining balance is due 3 business days prior to the start date of the program attending.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – STAFF

  • How do I apply for a job with Camp Fire?
  • Where is the Camp Fire office located?
  • What is your adult/child ratio?
  • What happens in the case of inclement weather?
  • How is discipline handled at Camp Fire?
  • How are injuries and illnesses handled at camp?
  • What are the qualifications of camp counselors/staff?
  • What forms are required for registration and where can I find them?
  • How can I donate to Camp Fire?
How do I apply for a job with Camp Fire?

You can apply for a job through our website by going to Employment Opportunities under our “Get Involved” menu item.

Where is the Camp Fire office located?

5615 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310. We are on the North side of Hickman Road between Ace Hardware and Hillis Elementary.

What is your adult/child ratio?

Staff/camper ratios that are based on the recommended ratios set by Camp Fire and the American Camping Association are followed. General recommendations are found below:

– 5 years and younger maintain a 1:6 ratio for day programs and 2:10 ratio for overnights

– 6-8 years old maintain a 1:8 ratio for day programs and 2:12 for overnights

– 9-14 years old maintain a 1:10 ratio for day programs and 2:16 for overnights

– 15-18 years old maintain a 1:12 ratio for day programs and 2:20 for overnights

What happens in the case of inclement weather?

Camp will be held in inclement weather unless dangerous to participants and staff. Camps have access to shelters and buildings to utilize throughout the program day. All programming is weather dependent, including horse riding, field trips, swimming, and other activities.

How is discipline handled at Camp Fire?

Camp Fire is interested in the welfare of all children. Participants in Camp Fire programs are expected to follow the rules of the program and obey the direction of the staff. A child’s failure or inability to follow rules or obey directions may cause a serious discipline problem. A serious discipline problem may also occur when a child hampers the smooth flow of the Camp Fire program by requiring constant one-on-one attention, inflicts physical or emotional harm on other children or their self, abuses staff, or is otherwise unable to conform to the rules and guidelines of the Camp Fire program.
If a child becomes a serious discipline problem, the staff will notify the parents of the situation and discuss a solution. If improvement does not occur, or a solution cannot be determined, the staff may recommend that a child be dismissed from the program. The staff will discuss the dismissal procedure with the parents, should a serious discipline problem occur. However, acceptance into the program is conditional on the above policy and right to dismiss a child from the program as outlined above. A child exhibiting behaviors that endangers himself/herself or others will have their parents called and will be sent home immediately.

How are injuries and illnesses handled at camp?

All of our staff are certified in First Aid and CPR/AED. Depending on the severity of the injury or illness, each situation will be handled on a case by case basis. Campers will be sent home if they are vomiting or have a fever of higher than 100 degrees. Parents/guardians will be notified as soon as possible in the event of an emergency. 

What are the qualifications of camp counselors/staff?

All of our summer staff are 18 years of age or older; Site Directors and bus drivers are at least 21 years of age. Counselors  must be able to lead and actively participate in sports/games with children, be able to effectively monitor behavior while using appropriate discipline techniques, and develop age appropriate activities.

What forms are required for registration and where can I find them?

Once registered for a Camp Fire program, you will have received an email confirmation which contains all the information you should need. Please make sure to scroll through the entire email as most forms are sent as attachments at the bottom of the email. You may also get forms off our website by going to the Forms page.

How can I donate to Camp Fire?

Click the “Donate” button on our website, send a check to the Camp Fire Service Center, or bring in a donation in person.