ATTENTION: Due to flooding along the Des Moines River, Ledges State Park is closed and Camp Hantesa is only accessible from the north via Highway 30/the city of Boone.





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Our Promise
Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now.


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OUR APPROACH


We are participant-centered – identifying passions and sparks.  Youth are actively engaged and are given a voice, which helps build self-esteem and self-reliance.


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SKILLED STAFF


We are led by professional, caring adults using proven methods. Leaders are highly trained role models, who encourage young people to be the best they can be.


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PRESENT & FUTURE


We develop abilities now. We provide a strong foundation for kids so they are prepared for the present and the future.


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Camp Fire Heart of Iowa is staffed out of two offices; one office in Des Moines and one at Camp Hantesa in Boone.
We have 8 full time staff and 24 part-time staff. During the summer we add another 80 seasonal staff to run our day camps and resident camp.




BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL


Youth will engage in STEM enriched activities opening their minds through experiential education and the great outdoors.


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CLUB


Club programs teach youth valuable life skills as well as camping and outdoor skills through various activities, service projects, and fundraisers.


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SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS


Camp Fire continues to provide exciting programs throughout the school year.


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SUMMER DAY CAMPS


Camp Fire Heart of Iowa offers a wide variety of programs throughout central Iowa fitting the needs of day campers.


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SUMMER OVERNIGHT CAMP


Camp Fire Heart of Iowa offers a wide variety of programs throughout central Iowa fitting the needs of overnighter campers alike.


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Camp Fire Heart of Iowa


5615 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310




Camp Hantesa


1450 Oriole Road, Boone, IA 50036



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