SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS

Camp Fire continues to provide exciting programs throughout the school year. Whether you’re interested in weekend family retreats, equestrian lessons, school break overnights, or Hantesa Day Camp, we have a program for you and your family!


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SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM DETAILS


  • Camp Fire Day Camp – School Day Off – Grades K-9
  • Outrageous Day Camp – School Day Off – Grades 5-9
  • Afternoon at the Ranch – Grades 3-8
  • Family Camp – Grades PK – Up
  • Overnight Programs

Camp Fire Day Camp

Cost: $37/day

(December 21-22 & Jan. 2 – Feb 19: Grades K-9)
(December 26-29: Grades K-4)

Program Description: Camp Fire Day Camps give your child the chance to experience all of the fun of summer in one action-packed day! Your campers will travel to Camp Hantesa in Boone for a day of adventure, fun, and making new friends! Campers will choose their activities for the day from a number of options – no two days are the same! Activities may include arts & crafts, sports, sledding, ecology, orienteering, and more! All activities are led by Camp Fire’s professional and caring staff who will spark your child’s curiosity, provide encouragement, and help them explore new experiences!

Each day includes transportation from one of our drop sites, a hot lunch, along with a morning and afternoon snack.

Winter Program Dates:
December 21st
December 22nd
December 26th
December 27th
December 28th**
December 29th
January 2nd
January 15th
January 22nd
February 19th

**Optional Thursday Overnight (See “Winter Overnight Experience”)

Drop Sites and Drop Off Times:
Camp Canwita (Ames): 7:00-8:30AM
McHose Park (Boone): 7:00-8:30AM
Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines): 7:00-8:00AM
Pick Up Times (ALL SITES): 4:30-5:30PM


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Outrageous Day Camp

Cost: $37/day

(Grades 5-9)

Program Description: Join us for our “Out of School” days this winter!  Drop your camper off at one of our convenient drop locations and let them experience a day of age appropriate awesomeness! Get an outrageous experience thorough one of our themed camp days!

Each day includes transportation from one of our drop sites, a hot lunch, along with a morning and afternoon snack.

Program Dates and Themes:

December 26: Winter Wonderlab
December 27: Gameshow Gauntlet
December 28: Frozen Summer**
December 29: Brains VS Brawn

**Optional Thursday Overnight (See “Winter Overnight Experience”)

Drop Sites and Drop Off Times:
Camp Canwita (Ames): 7:00-8:30AM
McHose Park (Boone): 7:00-8:30AM
Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines): 7:00-8:00AM
Pick Up Times (ALL SITES): 4:30-5:30PM


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Cost: $35

(Grades 3-8)

Program Description:For youth in 3rd grade or older; spend the afternoon with our horses at Camp Hantesa! We have a herd of 15-20 horses of all skill levels as well as trained staff that work with the youth and horses to make it a successful experience. Take riding lessons and learn about horse science. Beginner to advanced riders are welcome.

Program Dates: 
September 23
September 30

Drop Off Locations Program Hours
Camp Canwita

Camp Fire Service Center

Herman’s Ranch

12:30-3:30 PM

12:00-4:00 PM

1:00-3:00 PM


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Cost: $40/person

Program Dates:
Family Camp: October 7th – 8th
Mom/Youth: November 4th – 5th

Camp isn’t just for the kids! You and your family can join us together for camping fun! We have family weekend programs during the Fall, Spring, and Summer where you can come to Hantesa to pack in a weekend of your favorite camp activities! Leave the planning and cooking to us! Check here often for updated announcements about ALL of our family programming!

Program Description: Experience the joy of camping as a family without any of the work! Let the staff of Camp Hantesa provide a day of fun for your whole family. Check-in at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy a campfire and a good nights rest in our shared lodge style cabins. Wake up the next day to a hot breakfast and a morning of camp activities exploring in the great outdoors!  Each session includes dinner and breakfast.

Dads Day at Camp Hantesa
(Grades Pre-K and above)

Program Description: Spend the morning building rockets, taking aim at our archery or riflery targets, and making it to the top of Hantesa’s climbing tower! Be sure to register for your spot!

Cost: $7.00/person

Program Dates
Dads Day at Camp Hentesa: April 8th
Time: 10am – 2pm at Camp Hantesa


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Winter Overnight Experience

Get a sneak peak at the resident camp experience! your camper will get the chance to spend the night at Camp Hantesa for this optional overnight experience. Just drop your child off for day camp on December 28th and, instead of being picked up that night, they will have the opportunity to stay and eat dinner, sleep in a heated cabin, and participate in evening activities. Campers will then participate in day camp activities on December 29th.

Price includes transportation, snacks, and all meals.

Cost:$95
*This price includes the cost of both days of camp, as well as the overnight.

Drop off: December 28th (See drop times for Camp Fire Day Camp)
Pick Up: December 29th (See pick up times for Camp Fire Day Camp)


Outrageous Ski Trip

Join us for an overnight trip to Seven Oak Recreation for the Outrageous Ski Trip! It’ll be sure to be tons of fun that you won’t want to miss!

Price includes transportation, rental fees, meals, and snacks. Cost does not include helmet rental. Campers may bring additional money to spend at concessions.

Cost: $75

Drop Off Times:
Camp Canwita (Ames): 2:30PM
Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines): 1:30PM

Pick Up Times:
Camp Canwita (Ames): 10:30AM
Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines): 11:00AM


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