Summer 2022 COVID-19 Plan

May 13, 2022


With our summer programs starting next month, Camp Fire Heart of Iowa has finalized the COVID-19 Policy for the Summer of 2022. Below are the key points of our policy for families to know before starting camp. If you would like to read our entire policy, please click here.


Campers (with parent/guardian assistance) and staff will be asked to self-monitor for 14 days prior to arrival and self-report if they suspect they have contracted COVID-19 or come into close contact with someone who has a confirmed/suspected case. Symptoms to monitor include: Fever of 100.4 F or greater, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, and vomiting.


Masking will be required indoors and in vehicles when COVID-19 County Level is ‘Medium’ or ‘High’ according to CDC data. Camp Hantesa programs will require masks whenever Polk, Story, or Boone County are at medium or high risk as they pick up campers from those locations daily. More information on how COVID-19 Community Levels are determined can be found here.

Masks must cover the mouth and nose and have a minimum of at least two layers. All staff and campers will abide by the following mask policy, regardless of vaccination status. Campers and staff will wear masks in all indoor locations other than while eating, sleeping, showering, and brushing teeth.

Campers should bring at least two masks per day at camp, one to be worn and at least one back up sealed in a plastic bag in case the first becomes wet or otherwise soiled. All programs will stock disposable masks for use by campers and staff as needed.


All staff, seasonal and professional, will be required to either be fully vaccinated according to the CDC’s current definition or provide proof of a negative COVID test weekly before arriving to work. 

 Campers and families eligible for the vaccine are encouraged, but not required, to be vaccinated for participation in Camp Fire programs. 

Financial Policy 

All programs require a non-refundable deposit upon registration. If a camper is unable to attend their planned session due to possible or confirmed exposure to COVID-19, the deposit and any additional payments will be credited to a later camp session. 

If you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 policy, please contact Owen Ballard, at or 515-274-1501.