Camp Fire is an inclusive youth development organization founded with the intention of connecting kids with nature and helping them develop the skills needed for a happy, healthy life now and into the future. We offer a variety of youth and family programs including Community Clubs, Out-of-School Time Programs, Day and Overnight Camps, and Teen Leadership Development. Camp Fire Heart of Iowa serves approximately 3000 youth per year.
Camp Fire believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being. We welcome, affirm, and support young people and adults of all abilities and disabilities, experiences, races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, religion and non-religion, citizenship and immigration status, and any other category people use to define themselves or others. We strive to create safe and inclusive environments that celebrate diversity and foster positive relationships.
What is Camp Fire?
It’s a way of life.
For more than 100 years, Camp Fire has been providing a nurturing, constructive and fun environment for young people to light the fire within – to discover who they are, become a strong leader and contribute to their community. Camp Fire brings participants into nature to learn, explore and grow together while developing a lifelong respect for the outdoors.
Meet our staff & board members! We have seasonal, summer staff opportunities at all of our overnight and day camp programs throughout Des Moines, Ames, and Boone. If you enjoy working with youth, sharing the camp experience, and working outdoors, apply today to change the life of a youth forever.
In collaboration with highly trained, caring adults, Camp Fire offers a variety of programs including youth clubs, before- and after-school care, day camps, overnight camps, environmental education, and teen leadership opportunities. At Camp Fire, youth from different backgrounds develop important skills, such as self-reliance and problem solving, while interacting with nature and enjoying fun activities, such as swimming, archery, hiking and so much more!
Thank You for Supporting Camp Fire! We could not do what we do, without your support!