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 15, 2015. Forms received after this date are not guaranteed financial assistance.

Hantesa Day Camp Fees

$175/week : Full Price (Des Moines & Ames Drops)
$135/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.

Equestrian Day Camp Fee

​$250/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

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

Edgewood Park (Madrid): 7:00-8:30AM

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

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

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2015 Hantesa Day Camp Schedule

Program Date
                           Program Description                               
Optional Pony Ride
Optional Overnight
June 1-5

2015 Summer Themes coming soon!

June 8-12

June 15-19


June 22-26

June 29-July 3


July 6-10

July 13-17


July 20-24

July 27-31


August 3-7

August 10-14


August 17-21

August 24-25


2015 Equestrian Day Camp Schedule

Program Description: 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**

Program Dates

Week 1: June 1-6

Week 2: June 8-12

Week 3: June 15-19

Week 4: 22-26

Week 5: June 29-July 3

Week 6: July 6-10

Week 7: August 10-14

Week 8: August 17-21