​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.

Pioneer Columbus Community Day Camp

Special pricing is available based on your family's school lunch status. These fees provide campers with a healthy breakfast (not provided for the 4-mile drop site), 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.

$145/week : Full Price       
$70/week   : Qualifying for Reduced Lunch Status

$35/week   : Qualifying for Free Lunch Status

Program Date Program Description Field Trip Swimming Day Drop Off Time Pick Up Time
June 9-13 Color Splash: Welcome to Camp! Summer has begun and we're starting off with a splash of amazing color through games and crafts. Wednesday Tues, Thurs, Fri 7:00am-8:30am 4:00pm-6:00pm
June 16-20 Slime-tastic: Join us for a trip to the Science Center of Iowa and many other activities featuring ooey-gooey science fun! Wednesday Tues, Thurs, Fri 7:00am-8:30am 4:00pm-6:00pm
June 23-27 Camp Fire's Excellent Adventure: Take a trip back in time with a visit to Living History Farms. Learn about historical Iowa in a trip you won't forget! Wednesday Tues, Thurs, Fri 7:00am-8:30am 4:00pm-6:00pm
June 30-July 3 Blue Iowa: Pretend you're in "Blue Hawaii" this week as you cool down at Valley View Aquatic Center and play some soakin' water games. Wednesday Tues, Thurs 7:00am-8:30am 4:00pm-6:00pm
July 7-11 Creepy Crawlies: Hear the lion roar, and the monkeys howl when you visit the Blank Park Zoo! Wednesday Tues, Thurs, Fri 7:00am-8:30am 4:00pm-6:00pm
July 14-18 Wild Iowa: Have you been to Iowa's natural prairie? This week you'll visit Iowa in its natural state among the tall grasses and prairie dogs. Wednesday Tues, Thurs, Fri 7:00am-8:30am 4:00pm-6:00pm
July 21-25 Scream City: You'll have a blast this week preparing for our field trip to Adventureland Amusement Park! Wednesday Tues, Thurs, Fri 7:00am-8:30am 4:00pm-6:00pm
July 28-August 1 Secret Life of a Camper: Explore the true meaning of being a summer camper with a visit to Camp Fire's Camp Hantesa in Boone! Wednesday Tues, Thurs, Fri 7:00am-8:30am 4:00pm-6:00pm
August 4-8 Slam Dunk Summer: Shoot a basket or score a goal this week as we explore some of our favorite sports activities! Whether you like basketball or relay races, we'll have a ton of fun. Wednesday Tues, Thurs, Fri 7:00am-8:30am 4:00pm-6:00pm
August 11-15 Last Call: As we bring summer to a close, you'll revisit some of your most favorite activities including a trip to Holiday Pool. Wednesday Tues, Thurs, Fri 7:00am-8:30am 4:00pm-6:00pm

2014 Pioneer Columbus Community Day Camp Schedule

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