Camp Hantesa

Learn more about our history and our overnight property, Camp Hantesa.

Camp Hantesa (pronounced Han-Teh-Sha, meaning ‘red cedars’) was created as a camp of high ideals and has been delivering the Camp Fire promise since our inception:

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. Light the fire within.

At Hantesa, the traditions of friendship, learning, service, and leadership are the basis of our education, recreation, and camping programs.

Camp Hantesa is located in Boone, Iowa adjacent to Ledges State Park, and shares Its wonderful hills, views of the Des Moines River, and stone outcroppings. The facilities at Hantesa were built to immerse our participants in their natural surroundings.

We run weekly resident and day camp programs for boy and girls in grades 1-12. Throughout the year we also run family camps, school day off programs, winter and spring break camps, and we are available for group rentals, retreats, and weddings.

We look forward to seeing you at camp!

Get in touch!

Whether you want to reminisce about camp memories or schedule a time for a tour, we’re always happy to take your call!


Owen Ballard