Drew Demery

Camp Director | Camp Hantesa & Canwita

Drew is a Boone native, who began his Camp Fire journey back in the mid-1990’s as a summer day camper at Camp Hantesa. In 2022 he returned to Camp Hantesa to begin his tenure as Camp Director after nearly two decades of youth development experience across the country.

“I strongly believe in the power that camp has to make a lifelong, positive impact in the life of every camper,¬†staff and guest who visits. As a Camp Director my mission is to create safe, meaningful experiences that promote a sense of belonging, personal growth and compassion for others. I can’t think of a better place than Camp Hantesa and Camp Fire Heart of Iowa to do exactly that! I can’t wait to get started, meet with all of the enthusiastic supporters and begin creating those meaningful moments.”

Drew holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa, is very active with the American Camping Association and is a veteran American Red Cross Instructor. He loves staying busy outdoors by hiking, biking and taking photographs. After many years of serving camps state and nationwide, Drew is looking forward to returning to his roots in the Des Moines River Valley and leading Camp Hantesa into its next chapter of meaningful work.