Camp Fire S.O.S. (Students Out of School)

Camp Fire S.O.S is a supplemental educational program designed to help students who are currently out of school complete their virtual schoolwork, stay engaged, form new friendships, and have fun.



CAMP FIRE S.O.S.

Select Your Location

  • Des Moines @ Franklin Jr. High
  • Ames @ Camp Canwita


GRADES

Grades K-5


PRICING

See pricing details below


LOCATION

Franklin Jr. High
4801 Franklin Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310


DETAILS

Campers should bring a non-refrigerated lunch

DROP-OFF & PICK-UP TIMES

Franklin Jr. High

4801 Franklin Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310

Drop-Off

7:00-9:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:00-5:30 PM

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

SOS is the international signal for help. In these constantly changing times, it is more important than ever for Camp Fire to find a way to help our families, youth, and community. This semester, we will be offering a supplemental educational program for students learning virtually. Our highly trained staff, under the supervision of a credentialed teacher, will lead youth in all of their favorite games, crafts, and activities while balancing time spent on school work and homework help.

We understand that this has been an extremely difficult time for everyone, especially children. Camp Fire is hoping to provide an opportunity not only to support youth academically but also to give them a chance to reconnect with others and form new friendships.


PRICING & REGISTRATION

In order to make this program more accessible, Camp Fire has implemented the following pricing structure, based on the number of days a camper is enrolled each week, for the Des Moines site:

  • 5 days: $35/day, total $175
  • 4 days: $37/day, total $148
  • 3 days: $40/day, total $120
  • 2 days: $45/day, total $90
  • 1 day: $50/day, total $50

Partial scholarships available.

To register or inquire about program scholarships, please contact Arika Graybill, Office Manager:

Phone: (515) 274-1501
Email: campfire@campfireiowa.org


CAMPER GROUPS & BILLING

All families will be asked to commit to a full semester of the Camp Fire S.O.S. program. This will ensure that children are with the same group throughout the program and will limit opportunities for COVID-19 exposure. Attendance fees will be charged on a bi-weekly basis, and fees will be prorated to fit the Des Moines Public School District’s calendar.




GRADES

Grades K-5


PRICING

$50 per day
Partial scholarships available
Please call (515) 274-1501 for more information on scholarships


LOCATION

Camp Canwita
2807 Duff Ave.
Ames, IA 50010


DETAILS

Campers should bring a non-refrigerated lunch

DROP-OFF & PICK-UP TIMES

Camp Canwita

2807 Duff Ave.
Ames, IA 50010

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

SOS is the international signal for help. In these constantly changing times, it is more important than ever for Camp Fire to find a way to help our families, youth, and community. This semester, we will be offering a supplemental educational program for students learning virtually. Parents will drop off at Camp Canwita and youth will be transported to Camp Hantesa. During the day, our highly trained staff will lead youth in all of their favorite games, crafts, and activities while balancing time spent on school work and homework help.

We understand that this has been an extremely difficult time for everyone, especially children. Camp Fire is hoping to provide an opportunity not only to support youth academically but also to give them a chance to reconnect with others and form new friendships.


REGISTER NOW

SCHEDULE & BILLING

All families will be asked to commit to a full semester of the Camp Fire S.O.S. program. Due to the phased/hybrid Ames schedule, families will be asked to select the day(s) their child will attend S.O.S. during the registration process. Attendance fees will be charged on a bi-weekly basis, and fees will be prorated to fit the Ames Community School District calendar.


FAQ – GENERAL

  • What will my child’s day look like?
  • What types of activities will my child be doing?
  • How will I know what my child has accomplished during their day?
  • Who will be working with my child?
  • What is Camp Hantesa?
  • What will my child’s day look like when they are going to Camp Hantesa?
  • Will food be provided for my child?
  • Will my child have access to/support for technology?
  • What is your policy regarding personal electronics and belongings?
What will my child’s day look like?

When your child is dropped off they will engage in free-time activities. Participants will be split into two groups based on age. Participants will receive a morning snack and go over expectations for the day. In the morning participants will engage in high-activity games and will have planned time for school work. The group will eat lunch and have “zen” time to rest, read or participate in a quiet activity allowing them some time to relax and recharge. In the afternoon groups will participate in a low active and high active activity. They will eat an afternoon snack and finish their day with a specialized activity. They will have free time until they are picked up.

What types of activities will my child be doing?

Throughout our program day, we will be offering a variety of activities including creative arts, outdoor recreation, team building, group games, and environmental education. We will also be completing daily specialized activities in literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and social-emotional learning.

How will I know what my child has accomplished during their day?

Your child will receive a weekly journal they will fill out at the end of the day. This journal will have space for them to write or draw what they worked on during the day and what school work they accomplished. Staff will check the journals daily and update with any relevant information you need.

Who will be working with my child?

All Camp Fire staff are 18 years or older and are working toward or have obtained degrees in child-related fields. Program staff will be supervised by credentialed teachers. All staff have gone through background checks, child abuse prevention training, and are First Aid/CPR/AED certified.

What is Camp Hantesa?

Camp Hantesa is our 140-acre campground that is adjacent to Ledges State Park. It is located at 1450 Oriole Rd. in Boone, IA. It is about an hour’s drive from the Des Moines office. Camp Hantesa offers activities including, but not limited to, hiking, rock climbing/bouldering, shelter building, fire building, knot tying, and animal education. All these activities will be supervised and led by trained staff.

What will my child’s day look like when they are going to Camp Hantesa?

On field trip days, drop times will be shortened to ensure your child spends as much time as possible at camp. Your child must be dropped off between 7:00-8:00 am. The group will be driven to Camp Hantesa where they will enjoy a morning snack. Throughout the day your child will participate in outdoor education activities, have planned time for school work, and experience the many opportunities at Camp Hantesa. The group will eat lunch and will also be given an afternoon snack before they leave for Des Moines. Your child will return to the Des Moines office at 4:30 and can be picked up between 4:30-5:30 pm.

Will food be provided for my child?

Your child will be provided with a prepackaged morning snack and afternoon snack. They must bring their own sack lunch and can bring an additional snack for the morning or afternoon if they would like.

Will my child have access to/support for technology?

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring the technology provided to them from their school. If necessary, we can supply them with a tablet. Program space has wireless internet access for all students to log onto.

What is your policy regarding personal electronics and belongings?

Participants will not be permitted to use electronics except during scheduled school time. When not in use, electronic devices will be kept in individually labeled bags in the program area. Camp Fire is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged personal items.


FAQ – SAFETY

  • What safety precautions are being taken?
  • Will my student be provided with a face mask?
  • What happens if a participant or staff member test positive for COVID-19?
  • What will happen if there is an outbreak in my child’s group?
What safety precautions are being taken?

All staff and participants will be asked screening questions at the beginning of each day. All staff and participants will be required to wear masks while indoors and in vehicles. Masks will be optional when participating in outdoor activities and social distancing requirements of 6 feet are being followed. Staff will be implementing additional daily sanitizing and weekly deep cleaning.

Will my student be provided with a face mask?

We encourage participants to bring their own cloth face masks and encourage them to be washed regularly. If participants do not have their own then we will provide them with a face mask.

What happens if a participant or staff member test positive for COVID-19?

If a participant or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 they must be symptom-free for at least ten days and at least 24 hours with no fever and without fever-reducing medicine before they can return to the program. If they test positive and have no symptoms they cannot return to the program until 10 days from the positive test. 

All participants who may have been exposed to individuals who have tested positive will be notified and should be quarantined for 14 days after the last exposure to the confirmed case.

What will happen if there is an outbreak in my child’s group?

If an outbreak occurs within the program, Camp Fire will contact the Polk County Health Department and follow their guidance.


FAQ – TRANSPORTATION

  • How will my child be transported to Camp Hantesa?
  • Will my child have to wear a mask on the bus?
How will my child be transported to Camp Hantesa?

All children will be transported by bus, however, it is not possible to fully social distance on buses. In order to better support social distancing, participants will be assigned seats on buses. Participants from the same household may be asked to sit together. Buses will be cleaned between groups.

Will my child have to wear a mask on the bus?

Yes. All passengers and the driver will be required to wear a face mask while on the bus.


REGISTER TODAY

DES MOINES

To register or inquire about program scholarships, please contact Arika Graybill, Office Manager:

Phone: (515) 274-1501
Email: campfire@campfireiowa.org


Still have questions? Get in touch!

We’re happy to answer any other questions or concerns you may have.

DES MOINES SITE

Marilyn Bagley




AMES SITE

Jennifer Radley