Camp Fire He​art of Iowa

2016 Hantesa Overnight Camp Schedule

Mini Camp (Grades 1-4)                                  Cost: $225

Program Description: Mini Camp is the perfect option for new campers who want to experience resident camp for the first time. During each 4-day, 3-night session, campers will explore Hantesa traditions and participate in the fun activities camp has to offer, including climbing, swimming, drama, sports, games, optional pony rides, and more! There is now an extra week of Mini Camp added by popular demand!

Program Dates:

Mini Camp 1: June 19-22

Mini Camp 2: June 22-25

Mini Camp 3: June 26-29

 Mini Camp 4: June 29-July 2

Traditional Camp (Grades 1-12)                       Cost: $460

Summer Camp Cup: (July 10-16) :We will kick off resident camp by pitting unit against unit as they compete for the Hantesa Summer Camp Cup! Compete in all camp games, cleanest cabin, cook-offs, arts and crafts, and more all for the glory, points, and prizes! *Optional Saturday Overnight

Summer Camp Mash-Up: (July 17-23) : Capture the flag in canoes, paint the horses, fire hand-crafted arrows at archery, and much more! This week we mash-up all of our favorite Hantesa crafts for a week of new and exciting activities!

*Optional Saturday Overnight

​WOHA Week: (July 24-30) : "We welcome you to Hantesa, we're mighty glad you're here." WOHA Week features long time Hantesa traditions, some dating back to our founding in 1919. Learn camp stories, sing traditional camp songs, and participate in Hantesa activities. Come learn our traditions and make memories of your own!

Herman's Ranch (Grades 4-12)                       Cost: $535

Program Description: If horses are your passion, then Herman's Ranch is the perfect camp experience. Spend the morning at the barn and the afternoon participating in traditional camp activities. Campers spend each day in English style riding lessons honing riding skills and learning horse science. Campers are assigned horses and instruction with our qualified staff based on riding level. Beginners to advanced riders are welcome! 

Week 1: July 10-16

Week 2: July 17-23

​Week 3: July 24-30

Outpost Trips (Grades 7-12)

Equestrian Outpost: If you love horses, then this is a trip you won't want to miss. Spend four days and three nights trail riding and camping at Brushy Creek Recreation Area and the rest of the week at Camp Hantesa. Spend time trail riding with horse maintenance during the day and traditional camping at night. 

Cost: $575

July 31-August 6

Canoe Outpost: Combine your love of the outdoors, water, and camping on this exciting canoe trip. Spend four days and three nights at one of Iowa's premiere canoeing locations and the rest of the week at Camp Hantesa with our qualified staff.

Cost: $480
August 7-13

Teen Leadership (Grades 9-12)

Leadership Challenge/Buckaroo: During this two-week overnight camp session, campers begin to define themselves as leaders at camp and in life. Activities include team challenges, studying mentoring styles, developing citizenship through service learning, and interacting as role models with younger campers. Similarly, Buckaroos begin working on their leadership and horsemanship skills. Buckaroos spend time at Herman's Ranch, developing their teaching abilities and horse knowledge as well as increasing their riding skills.  

Cost: $565


June 19-July 2

Outdoor Living Skills Program:  OLS is an intensive 2 week program at camp where participants will live, sleep, and eat in the outdoors. The first week the campers will participate in thoughtfully planned lessons geared to enhance leadership and outdoor skills. The second week of the program the campers will participate in a week-long canoe outpost trip off property as well as several carefully crafted lessons and activities to prepare them for their trip. *Optional Saturday Overnight

Cost: $575

Grades: 9-12

July 31-August 13

Apprentice/Wrangler: The Apprentice and Wrangler programs at Camp Hantesa are a service-oriented, five week program that readies high school students for future leadership roles. Typical apprenticeships are two summers in length. The program builds on leadership, communication, program delivery skills, and allow live-ins in units to learn directly from our exceptional staff. Wranglers also spend part of their time at the barn and conduct their live-ins at Herman's Ranch. 

Cost: $590

Grades: 11-12

July 5-30

(Check in time on 5th; 2-6pm)

Big Kyds Camp (Ages 21+)                            Cost: $440

Program Description: Big Kyds is a long standing tradition at Camp Hantesa for campers 18 and older that want to Keep Young Dreams. It is held annually during WOHA week of resident camp which is also based on traditions stemming back to 1919 when Camp Hantesa first opened.Learn camp stories, sing traditional camp songs, and participate in Hantesa activities. Come learn our traditions and make memories and new traditions of your own.

WOHA Week: July 24-30

Give your child the gift of an unforgettable summer at resident camp.  Choose from Mini Camp, Equestrian Camp, Outpost Trips, Leadership Programs, or Traditional Resident Camp.

Activities include climbing wall, archery, riflery, pottery, canoeing, nature, sports, drama, music, outdoor education, and so much more!

Hantesa Overnight Camp

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.

Price varies for each program. Please look at the table below for more information.