2015 Hantesa Overnight Camp Schedule

Mini Camp (Grades 1-4)                                  Cost: $220

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 21-24

Mini Camp 2: June 24-27

Mini Camp 3: June 28-July 1

 Mini Camp 4: July 1-4

Traditional Camp (Grades 1-12)                       Cost: $450

Hantesa's Got Talent: (July 5-11) :What are your talents? This week at Hantesa we will all explore and share the talents that make us all special and unique. We will also encourage all to explore new activities and talents; archery, trailblazing, pottery, fire building, singing, astronomy, and so many more talents to be found and enriched this week.

Splish Splash: (July 12-18) : Come join us for a splashin' good time at camp! In addition to traditional camp activities, campers will have the opportunity to play water games, learn about the ecology of nearby creeks, take a trip on the slip 'n slide, play water games, canoe with a friend, and so much more!

​WOHA Week: (July 19-25) : "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 and new traditions of your own. 

Herman's Ranch (Grades 4-12)                       Cost: $520

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 5-11

Week 2: July 12-18

​Week 3: July 19-25

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: $565

 July 26-August 1

Backpack Outpost: Explore Iowa’s beautiful natural resources with our first ever backpacking outpost trip! Campers and their guides will bond with nature and grow as a team on this wonderful adventure. Campers will hike, sleep in tents, and cook their meals by fire. Hikers of all levels are welcome, whether you are experienced on the trail or looking for a new first time adventure we know you will make memories for a lifetime this week.

Cost: $475
August 2-8

Teen Leadership (Grades 8-12)

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: $555


June 14-27

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: $580

Grades: 11-12

 June 28-July 25

Outdoor Living Skills:The program is an intensive two-week program.  During their two weeks at camp, participants will live, sleep, and eat in the out-of-doors. The first week the campers will participate in carefully planned  lessons geared to enhance leadership and outdoor skills.  The second week of the program the campers will participate in a week-long backpacking outpost trip property as well as several carefully crafted lessons and activities to prepare them for the trip.

Cost: $575

Grades: 9-12

July 26 - August 8

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 19-25

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.

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