Help us prevent a world without camp

November 19, 2020

What would a world without camp be like?

What are some of your fondest camp memories? As a camp alum, you might be thinking about some of your closest friends who you met at camp or the counselor who taught you to try new things…We all have our reason “why” camp is so special because, at camp, we had a safe place to be ourselves – be kids – and develop friendships, skills, and memories that have stayed with us throughout our lives.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the difficult decision to cancel the majority of our summer 2020 programs for the safety of our campers and counselors – reducing our annual revenue by nearly 75%. In addition, the August Derecho caused over $200,000 worth of damage, some not covered by insurance- and making the possibility of a world without camp all too plausible.

Throughout the summer, we provided enriching virtual programs like Curbside Camp and It’s Lit(eracy) to ensure our campers could still experience a little bit of camp magic and in the fall we launched Camp Fire S.O.S. (Students Out of School) to provide a flexible, safe and affordable childcare option to central Iowa families as they transition between virtual, hybrid, and in-person instruction.

Now, we need your help to help make sure central Iowa youth will not have to experience a world without camp. We urgently need to raise $25,000 this holiday season to continue providing life-changing summer experiences for kids and teens – and we’re counting on your support!

Your gift today will help fund camperships, facility improvements, and our inclusive summer programs. You’ll help us come back from 2020 stronger than ever and ensure that even more kids and teens will have the opportunity to make new friends, experience the outdoors, and discover new passions.

Because no kid (or adult!) should have to live in a world without camp!


Give Online

Making a gift online is easy and convenient. You can choose to make a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift through our easy-to-use online platform.


Make a gift by mail

Send your gift by check, made payable to:

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
5615 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50310


Make a gift by phone

If you’d prefer to make a gift by phone, please call 515.274.1501.


Make a Legacy gift

Legacy gifts made through a will, trust, life insurance, annuity or other financial planning vehicle allow donors the opportunity to make a meaningful gift with a lasting impact that will support Camp Fire for many generations to come.


If you have questions about your donation or our programs, please contact us!