Camp Fire He​art of Iowa

2017 Pioneer Columbus Community Day Camp Schedule

Program Date
                                     Program Description                                
Field Trip            
June 5-9

Beach Bash - Splish splash, it’s a beach bash! Jump into summer with a week of classic camp games, arts and crafts, and a trip to the lake.

June 12-16

Around the World in 5 Days - Get your passport ready! We will be “traveling” around the globe this week with international games and activities. A trip to Blank Park Zoo will show you first-hand all the exciting things that this world has to offer.

Blank Park Zoo

June 19-23

Let the Games Begin - We will be exploring sports of all sorts this week! This week you will play games, invent your own sports, and go to an Iowa Cubs game.

Iowa Cubs Game
June 26-30

Shipwrecked - Arrrrrr matey! This week we will be going on treasure hunts, building pirate ships, and walking the plank at Clive Aquatic Center.

Aquatic Center
July 3-7

Secret Spy School - You are invited to become a Top Secret Spy. Your week will include being fingerprinted, getting a secret code name, and making spy gadgets at the Science Center of Iowa.

Science Center of Iowa
July 10-14

All-idays - Show off your Halloween costume, celebrate Christmas in July, go on an egg hunt, and then enjoy a day off for Independence Day!

Plaza Lanes
July 17-21

Fun in the Sun - Beat the heat with water balloons fights, slip-and-slides, water games, and trip to Valley View Aquatic Center.

Aquatic Center
July 24-28

As Seen on TV - Lights, Camera… Action! Your favorite TV shows are coming to camp this week with Minute-To-Win-It, Wipe Out, Camp Fire’s Got Talent, and many more.

Roller Skating

Just 31-

Aug 4

Campers VS Counselors - Time to finally find out who’s the best of the best! Campers and counselors will compete to see who can win the most challenges at camp and ride the scariest rides at Adventureland.  (Additional $20 fee)


Aug 7-11

Just Keep Swimming - Let’s finish the summer strong with some of your favorite camp activities. We will play all of your favorite water games and take a trip to Cascade Falls Aquatic Center!

Aquatic Center

Grades: 1-8

$50/week: Qualifying for Free Lunch Status

$90/week: Qualifying for Reduced Lunch Status

$180/week: Full Price      

Drop Off and Pick Up Times:

Drop off: 7:00-8:30am           Pick up: 4:00-5:30pm

Special pricing is available based on your family's school lunch status. These fees provide campers with a healthy breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon snack, and funds swim passes and most field trips. 
If your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch status, you must submit a verification letter from the school to the Camp Fire office for the discount to apply to your account.
You will not have a guaranteed spot until Camp Fire has this documentation.

Pioneer Columbus Community Day Camp

​Pioneer Columbus Community Day Camp is for children 1st-8th grade primarily on the South and East sides of Des Moines. Located at the Pioneer Columbus Community Center on Hartford and SE 5th, these campers experience a variety of activities around Des Moines including swimming, field trips, and many hours of active games and crafts.  This program also features a literacy program funded by the United Way of Central Iowa that has proven to help youth retain reading skills over the summer.