Summer Day Camp

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa offers a wide variety of day camp programs throughout central Iowa. Whether you like creek stomping, bugs, or sports, we’ve got a summer of fun waiting for you! Click on any of the tabs below to view detailed information about each of our day camp programs including location, pricing, dates, and themes.



  • Canwita Day Camp (Ames) – Grades 1-6
  • Equestrian Day Camp (Ames, Boone, DSM, & Madrid) – Grades 4-10
  • Discovery Day Camp (DSM) – Grades 1-6
  • Hantesa Outrageous (Ames, Boone, DSM, & Madrid) – Grades 5-10
  • Riverview Day Camp (DSM) – Grades 1-8
  • Canwita Outrageous (Ames) – Grades 6-10
  • Pioneer Columbus Day Camp (DSM) – Grades 1-8
  • Des Moines Outrageous (DSM) – Grades 6-10
  • Hantesa Day Camp (Ames, Boone, DSM, & Madrid) – Grades 1-8

CANWITA DAY CAMP


COVID-19 UPDATE

Camp Fire Staff are working on enhanced policies to address health and safety, sanitation, and transportation procedures. For these reasons, Camp Canwita and Canwita Outrageous will now begin on July 6th.

We ask that if your camper is sick, running a temperature, or lives with someone that is in a high-risk population, please consider staying home.

Important Changes: Based on current attendance numbers, recommendations from the American Camp Association, and guidance from state and federal health officials:

  1. We will be requiring the use of masks for staff and campers.
  2. Canwita and Canwita Outrageous registrations will be capped and combined for the summer, because of this, we will also be making changes to the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up procedures.
  3. Campers will be divided into groups and half will be transported to Camp Hantesa in Boone, in an effort to maintain social distance measures.

Access the latest updates and learn more about how we are preparing our staff and facilities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.




GRADES

Entering Grades 1-6

PRICING

$205 per week

LOCATION

Camp Canwita
2807 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

DETAILS

Lunch: Not included
Swimming: T/TH
Field Trips: W

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Camp Canwita is located on North Duff in Ames, Iowa.  This secluded day camp provides a wonderful natural setting for youth going into 1st grade through 6th grade, offering exciting field trips and active team games throughout the week as well as trips to the local pool. This program also features a literacy and STEM program to help reduce summer learning loss. Check out this year’s list of field trips below!


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Camp Canwita

2807 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:00-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2020 DATES & THEMES

July 6-10

Frozen Summer

Let’s beat the heat with cool water games, ice blocking, and our very own Canwita pool party!

July 13-17

Summer Shenanigans

It’s going to be a full week of silliness at Canwita! From improv to water balloon fights, shenanigans have taken over as we SKATE through this week!

July 20-24

Tropical Paradise

Grab your beach towel and sunscreen, we’re here to enjoy our own Canwita paradise as we have fun in the sun with plenty of water activities!

July 27-31

Additional field trip fee ($25)

Adventure Awaits

If you’re looking for thrills, this is the week for you! Join us for a week of creek stomping, games and extreme rides at Adventureland theme park!

August 3-7

Canwita Conquest

Veni, Vidi, Vici. Canwita seeks to conquer Camp Fire’s All-Camp Olympics and a chance to take home the gold. Teamwork makes the dream work!

August 10-14

Sundae Sayonara

We’re ending summer with sun, sweet treats, and a walk down memory lane with all our favorite camp activities!

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EQUESTRIAN DAY CAMP


COVID-19 UPDATE

The safety of our campers and staff is, and always will be, of the utmost importance to us. It is with this in mind, and a heavy heart, that the leadership staff of Camp Fire Heart of Iowa have decided to cancel Equestrian Day Camp for the summer of 2020.

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa is currently developing two new programs, “Curbside Camp” and “It’s Lit(eracy), to launch in the coming weeks. Each will provide thematic week-long programs with supplies delivered straight to your door, allowing your child to follow along with online videos featuring Camp Fire staff.

Access the latest updates and learn more about how we are preparing our staff and facilities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.




GRADES

Entering Grades 4-10

PRICING

Ames & Des Moines Drop-Off: $280 per week
Boone & Madrid Drop-Off: $265 per week

LOCATION

Camp Hantesa
1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

DETAILS

Lunch: Provided
Swimming: M-F
Field Trips: None

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Join us for a week at the barn! Each day, campers will spend the morning at the barn and the afternoon swimming at camp! Campers learn horse science, English riding, and basic barn management/maintenance! Beginners to advanced riders welcome. Riding will depend on day-to-day weather conditions.


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Camp Canwita

2807 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

Camp Fire Service Center

5615 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

Edgewood Park

Leo Bimbi Parkway
Madrid, IA 50156

Drop-Off

7:30-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

McHose Park

1215 Francis Mason Dr.
Boone, IA 50036

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2020 DATES & ADD-ONS


2020 Sessions Canelled







DISCOVERY DAY CAMP


COVID-19 UPDATE

The safety of our campers and staff is, and always will be, of the utmost importance to us. It is with this in mind, and a heavy heart, that the leadership staff of Camp Fire Heart of Iowa have decided to cancel Discovery Day Camp for the summer of 2020.

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa is currently developing two new programs, “Curbside Camp” and “It’s Lit(eracy), to launch in the coming weeks. Each will provide thematic week-long programs with supplies delivered straight to your door, allowing your child to follow along with online videos featuring Camp Fire staff.

Access the latest updates and learn more about how we are preparing our staff and facilities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.




GRADES

Entering Grades 1-6

PRICING

$200 per week

LOCATION

Fred Maytag II Center
6123 Scout Trail
Des Moines, IA 50321

DETAILS

Lunch: Not included
Swimming: T/TH
Field Trips: W

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

At Camp Discovery, campers explore the fun of the great outdoors, science, art, games and more! There are weekly themes designed to enrich young minds all while they have fun swimming, going on field trips and making lasting friendships. Camp Discovery offers a variety of activities for every camper to discover.


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Fred Maytag II Center

6123 Scout Trail
Des Moines, IA 50321

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:00-5:30 PM

Camp Fire Service Center

5615 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:00-5:30 PM

Eastview Community Center

4101 E 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50317

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2020 DATES & THEMES

2020 Sessions Cancelled


HANTESA OUTRAGEOUS DAY CAMP


COVID-19 UPDATE

The safety of our campers and staff is, and always will be, of the utmost importance to us. It is with this in mind, and a heavy heart, that the leadership staff of Camp Fire Heart of Iowa have decided to cancel Hantesa Outrageous Day Camp for the summer of 2020.

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa is currently developing two new programs, “Curbside Camp” and “It’s Lit(eracy), to launch in the coming weeks. Each will provide thematic week-long programs with supplies delivered straight to your door, allowing your child to follow along with online videos featuring Camp Fire staff.

Access the latest updates and learn more about how we are preparing our staff and facilities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.




GRADES

Entering Grades 5-10

PRICING

Ames & Des Moines Drop-Off: $215 per week
Boone & Madrid Drop-Off: $175 per week

LOCATION

Camp Hantesa
1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

DETAILS

Lunch: Provided
Swimming: M-F
Field Trips: Varies

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Hantesa Outrageous offers new and exciting experiences for our older day campers. Campers will spend time with awesome staff members doing “camp stuff” like swimming, orienteering, archery, hiking, and canoeing. They’ll also have opportunities to challenge themselves through team building activities, rock climbing, and completing ropes courses. We also will have the chance to go on several field trips. We’re so excited for all that’s ahead of us at Hantesa Outrageous this summer!


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Camp Canwita

2807 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

Camp Fire Service Center

5615 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

Edgewood Park

Leo Bimbi Parkway
Madrid, IA 50156

Drop-Off

7:30-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

McHose Park

1215 Francis Mason Dr.
Boone, IA 50036

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2020 DATES, THEMES, & ADD-ONS


2020 Sessions Cancelled


RIVERVIEW DAY CAMP


COVID-19 UPDATE

The safety of our campers and staff is, and always will be, of the utmost importance to us. It is with this in mind, and a heavy heart, that the leadership staff of Camp Fire Heart of Iowa have decided to cancel Riverview Day Camp for the summer of 2020.

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa is currently developing two new programs, “Curbside Camp” and “It’s Lit(eracy), to launch in the coming weeks. Each will provide thematic week-long programs with supplies delivered straight to your door, allowing your child to follow along with online videos featuring Camp Fire staff.

Access the latest updates and learn more about how we are preparing our staff and facilities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.




GRADES

Entering Grades 1-8

PRICING

$190 per week
*Special pricing available

LOCATION

Eastview Community Center
4101 E 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50317

DETAILS

Lunch: Provided
Swimming: T/TH
Field Trips: Weekly

SPECIAL PRICING & ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Special pricing is available based on your family’s eligibility. Program fees cover the remaining cost of providing campers with a healthy breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, swim passes, and most field trips.

  • Qualifying for free lunch: $60/week
  • Qualifying for reduced price lunch: $95/week

If your family qualifies for special pricing, you must submit verification of eligibility. Please note that you will not have a guaranteed spot until Camp Fire has this documentation.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Riverview Day Camp is available to youth and families who live on the north and east side of Des Moines. These campers will experience a variety of activities throughout the summer including swimming throughout the week, fun field trips, and many active games and crafts.

This program also features a literacy program funded by the United Way of Central Iowa that has proven to help youth retain reading skills over the summer.


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Eastview Community Center

4101 E 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50317

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

Highland Park Neighborhood Area

Location details coming soon

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2020 DATES & THEMES

2020 Sessions Cancelled


CANWITA OUTRAGEOUS DAY CAMP


COVID-19 UPDATE

Camp Fire Staff are working on enhanced policies to address health and safety, sanitation, and transportation procedures. For these reasons, Camp Canwita and Canwita Outrageous will now begin on July 6th.

We ask that if your camper is sick, running a temperature, or lives with someone that is in a high-risk population, please consider staying home.

Important Changes: Based on current attendance numbers, recommendations from the American Camp Association, and guidance from state and federal health officials:

  1. We will be requiring the use of masks for staff and campers.
  2. Canwita and Canwita Outrageous registrations will be capped and combined for the summer, because of this, we will also be making changes to the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up procedures.
  3. Campers will be divided into groups and half will be transported to Camp Hantesa in Boone, in an effort to maintain social distance measures.

Access the latest updates and learn more about how we are preparing our staff and facilities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.




GRADES

Entering Grades 6-10

PRICING

$210 per week

LOCATION

Camp Canwita
2807 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

DETAILS

Lunch: Not included
Swimming: T/TH
Field Trips: W/F

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Canwita Outrageous offers new experiences and challenges for older campers by making the most of their summer with exciting activities and action packed days. Campers spend time with experienced staff members swimming, climbing, hiking, and completing ropes courses and team building activities. They also get the opportunity to encounter things such as paintballing, orienteering, archery, canoeing, and so much more.  Get “outrageous” with us, and make it a summer to remember!


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Camp Canwita

2807 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:00-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2020 DATES & THEMES

July 6-10

Legends of the Hidden Lodge

Follow the instructions and work with your team to find the hidden pendants at Camp Hantesa and Perfect Games to unlock the treasures of the Lodge.

July 13-17

Additional field trip fee ($25)

Mystery Island

Canwita received a coded distress signal from Lost Island, join us as we set out to decipher the message and seek out what trouble awaits in Waterloo.

July 20-24

Unsolved Mysteries

Can you help solve a mystery? Join us this week as we profile unsolved crimes of Canwita, conspiracy theories, and unexpected paranormal phenomena.

July 27-31

Additional field trip fee ($25)

Wild & Wise

This week is all about high adventure! We’ll use our wisdom to play the best game of Human Stratego there is and seek out all the wild rides we can at Adventureland!

August 3-7

Let the Games Begin

It’s the game of all games this week as we prep to play in Camp Fire’s All Camp Olympics!

August 10-14

Additional paintball fee ($30)

Sizzlin’ Summer Sampler

It’s the last week of camp, which means we’ll be spending it doing all of our favorite summer activities, including a trip to ICU Paintball at the end of the week!

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PIONEER COLUMBUS DAY CAMP


COVID-19 UPDATE

The safety of our campers and staff is, and always will be, of the utmost importance to us. It is with this in mind, and a heavy heart, that the leadership staff of Camp Fire Heart of Iowa have decided to cancel Pioneer Columbus Day Camp for the summer of 2020.

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa is currently developing two new programs, “Curbside Camp” and “It’s Lit(eracy), to launch in the coming weeks. Each will provide thematic week-long programs with supplies delivered straight to your door, allowing your child to follow along with online videos featuring Camp Fire staff.

Access the latest updates and learn more about how we are preparing our staff and facilities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.




GRADES

Entering Grades 1-8

PRICING

$190 per week
*Special pricing available

LOCATION

Pioneer Columbus Community Center
2100 SE 5th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315

DETAILS

Lunch: Provided
Swimming: T/TH
Field Trips: Weekly

SPECIAL PRICING & ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Special pricing is available based on your family’s eligibility. Program fees cover the remaining cost of providing campers with a healthy breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, swim passes, and most field trips.

  • Qualifying for free lunch: $60/week
  • Qualifying for reduced price lunch: $95/week

If your family qualifies for special pricing, you must submit verification of eligibility. Please note that you will not have a guaranteed spot until Camp Fire has this documentation.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Pioneer Columbus Community Day Camp is for children 1st-8th grade primarily on the South and East sides of Des Moines. Located at the Pioneer Columbus Community Center on Hartford and SE 5th, these campers experience a variety of activities around Des Moines including swimming, field trips, and many hours of active games and crafts.

This program also features a literacy program funded by the United Way of Central Iowa that has proven to help youth retain reading skills over the summer.


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Pioneer Columbus Community Center

2100 SE 5th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315

Drop-Off

7:00-9:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:00-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2020 DATES & THEMES

2020 Sessions Cancelled


DES MOINES OUTRAGEOUS DAY CAMP


COVID-19 UPDATE

The safety of our campers and staff is, and always will be, of the utmost importance to us. It is with this in mind, and a heavy heart, that the leadership staff of Camp Fire Heart of Iowa have decided to cancel Des Moines Outrageous Day Camp for the summer of 2020.

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa is currently developing two new programs, “Curbside Camp” and “It’s Lit(eracy), to launch in the coming weeks. Each will provide thematic week-long programs with supplies delivered straight to your door, allowing your child to follow along with online videos featuring Camp Fire staff.

Access the latest updates and learn more about how we are preparing our staff and facilities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.




GRADES

Entering Grades 6-10

PRICING

$205 per week

LOCATION

Camp Fire Service Center
5615 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

DETAILS

Lunch: Not included
Swimming: T/TH
Field Trips: W/F

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Camp Outrageous offers new experiences and challenges for older campers by making the most of their summer with exciting activities and action-packed days. Campers spend time with experienced staff members swimming, climbing, hiking, and completing ropes courses and team building activities. They also get the opportunity to encounter things such as paintballing, orienteering, archery, canoeing, and so much more.  Get “outrageous” with us, and make it a summer to remember!


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Fred Maytag II Center

6123 Scout Trail
Des Moines, IA 50321

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

Camp Fire Service Center

5615 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

Drop-Off

7:00-9:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:00-5:30 PM

Eastview Community Center

4101 E 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50317

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2020 DATES & THEMES

2020 Sessions Cancelled


HANTESA DAY CAMP


COVID-19 UPDATE

The safety of our campers and staff is, and always will be, of the utmost importance to us. It is with this in mind, and a heavy heart, that the leadership staff of Camp Fire Heart of Iowa have decided to cancel Hantesa Day Camp for the summer of 2020.

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa is currently developing two new programs, “Curbside Camp” and “It’s Lit(eracy), to launch in the coming weeks. Each will provide thematic week-long programs with supplies delivered straight to your door, allowing your child to follow along with online videos featuring Camp Fire staff.

Access the latest updates and learn more about how we are preparing our staff and facilities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.




GRADES

Entering Grades 1-8

PRICING

Ames & Des Moines Drop-Off: $205 per week
Boone & Madrid Drop-Off: $165 per week

LOCATION

Camp Hantesa
1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

DETAILS

Lunch: Provided
Swimming: M-F
Field Trips: None

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Hantesa Day Camp gives your child the chance to create their own unique summer experience! Unlike other programs, Hantesa Day Camp does not assign themes because Hantesa campers choose their own activities every week—whether they are interested in art, sports, or outdoor pursuits – we have something for everyone! Campers attend their chosen crafts every morning for the week and swim every afternoon! Each week includes transportation from one of our drop sites, a hot lunch, a morning and afternoon snack, and weekly swim lessons. Give your child the opportunity to find their spark, make their own schedule, and make new friends along the way!

Crafts to choose from include: Archery, Outdoor Living, Paddle Sports, Swimming, Drama, Hand Arts, Rock Climbing, Lapidary, Music, Ecology, Photography, Slingshots, Sports & Games, Orienteering, and much more!


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Camp Canwita

2807 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

Camp Fire Service Center

5615 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

Edgewood Park

Leo Bimbi Parkway
Madrid, IA 50156

Drop-Off

7:30-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

McHose Park

1215 Francis Mason Dr.
Boone, IA 50036

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2020 DATES & ADD-ONS


2020 Sessions Cancelled







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