Hantesa Day & Equestrian Day Camps

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.

Hantesa Day Camp Fees

​$170/week : Full Price (Des Moines & Ames Drops)
$130/week : Full Price (Boone & Madrid Drops)
$30/night   : Overnight Fee (optional program add-on)
$20/day      :  Pony Ride (optional program add-on)

Camp Hantesa is located in Boone, Iowa at the north gates of Ledges State Park.  This location provides two day camp opportunities for youth grades 1-12. A morning snack and hot lunch will be provided.

Hantesa Day Camp provides youth with an opportunity to explore the outdoors while participating in the usual camp activities like swimming, games, and crafts.

Equestrian Day Camp offers youth the chance to spend a portion of each day (weather dependent) at our barn learning more about horses and equestrian programming skills.

2014 Hantesa Day Camp Schedule
Program Date Program Description Optional Pony Ride Optional Overnight
June 2-6 Sports Savvy: Whether you love football, gaga, swimming, running, cheerleading, or even arts and crafts, we have it all! Play sports, invent new sports, and try something you've never done before!    
June 9-13 Virtual Reality: Bring your favorite games to life during this fun week of camp. Angry Birds, Minute to Win It, Family Feud, and Deal or No Deal are just a few.   Yes
June 16-20 Hunger Games: Explore Hantesa in a whole new way. Complete obstacle courses, face fun challenges, work as a team, and move to the next level. Learn how to be a Hantesa victor! Yes  
June 23-27 Splish Splash: Water, water everywhere! Escape the heat with slip-and-slides, water relays, water balloon games, watercolor painting, and so much more during this fun week.   Yes
June 30-July 3 Red, White, and Hantesa: Celebrate Independence Day all week at Camp Hantesa with exciting USA themed crafts and activities. Yes  
July 7-11 Time Warp: Join us as Hantesa travels back in time to a new era every day. Attend a 50's sock hop, experience pioneer living, show off your best hippie costume, and make a time capsule.   Yes
July 14-18 Across the Globe: Come learn about cultures from around the world. We will play games, learn fun facts, and eat food from all points on the map. Yes  
July 21-25 Holiday Hoopla: Celebrate winter in July, show off your Halloween costume, go on an egg hunt, find four leaf clovers, or invent a new Hantesa holiday!   Yes
July 28-August 1 Attack of the Arts: Try art activities that you've never tried before. Pottery, bead making, cooking, sewing, tie dye, and more! Traditional activities will still be incorporated into this week. Yes  
August 4-8 Call of the Wild: Explore nature, cook snacks at a campfire, take a trip to the lake, hike through Ledges. It's going to be a wild adventure!   Yes
August 11-15 Express Yourself: Each camper will have the opportunity to pick the fun they will have each day. Sign up for activities based on your interests and hobbies! Yes  
August 18-20 Best of the Best: Take a trip back through the summer and revisit all of our favorite camp activities and themes.    
2014 Equestrian Day Camp Schedule
Program Date Program Description Drop Off Time Pick Up Time
June 2-6 Each day, campers will spend the morning at the barn and the afternoon swimming at camp. Campers will learn horse science, English riding, and barn maintenance. Each camper will be assigned a horse and will be instructed based on their riding experience. Beginners to advanced riders are welcome! Riding will depend on day to day weather conditions. Staff reserve the right to remove a rider from the horse if either is in danger. Camp Hantesa provides trained horses and staff for all riding programs. **In order to participate, ALL campers are required to wear long pants, boots, and helmets. Helmets are provided by Camp Hantesa. Boots are available on a limited basis.** Varies 4:30pm-6:00pm
June 9-13 Varies 4:30pm-6:00pm
June 16-20 Varies 4:30pm-6:00pm
June 23-27 Varies 4:30pm-6:00pm
June 30-July 3 Varies 4:30pm-6:00pm
August 4-8 Varies 4:30pm-6:00pm
August 11-15 Varies 4:30pm-6:00pm

Equestrian Day Camp Fee

​$245/week : Full Price 

Please note, additional items are listed on the packing list for this program.

Drop Sites and Drop Off Times

Camp Canwita (Ames): 7:00-8:30AM

McHose Park (Boone): 7:00-8:30AM

Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines): 7:00-8:00AM

Pioneer Community Center (Des Moines): 7:00-8:00AM

Pick Up Times (ALL SITES): 4:30-6:00PM

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