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

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.

Hantesa Overnight Camp

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!

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

Weekly theme coming soon : July 5-11

Weekly theme coming soon: July 12-18

​WOHA Week: "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. 

 July 19-25

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 12-18

​Week 2: July 19-25

Week 3: July 26-August 1

Outpost Trips (Grades 7-12)

Outdoor Living Skills: New this year, spend two weeks at Camp Hantesa learning how to survive in the wilderness! Cook your meals over a fire you have build, sleep under the stars, and learn all the skills it takes to be an wilderness expert.

Cost: $TBA

July 26 - August 8

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: Program description coming soon

Cost: $TBA
August 2-8

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: $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

 June 28-July 25

Big Kyds Camp (Ages 18+)                            Cost: TBA

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

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