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 1-5
  • Hantesa Outrageous (Ames, Boone, DSM, & Madrid) – Grades 5-10
  • Camp Ignite (N/W DSM) – Grades 1-5
  • Canwita Outrageous (Ames) – Grades 6-10
  • Camp Dynamite (E DSM) – Grades 1-5
  • Des Moines Outrageous (DSM) – Grades 6-10
  • Hantesa Day Camp (Ames, Boone, DSM, & Madrid) – Grades 1-8

CANWITA DAY CAMP


COVID-19 STATEMENT

During this unprecedented time, Camp Fire is taking the necessary steps to avoid the spread of COVID-19 at all of our programs. Learn more about our new safety precautions and changes to our regular summer program schedule.




GRADES

Entering Grades 1-5

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 5th 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



2021 DATES & THEMES

June 14-18

Around the Camp Fire

Let’s get fired up for summer and be ready to explore all the things Canwita has to offer!

June 21-25

Mud, Madness, and Mayhem

It’s going to be a fun-filled week of a little bit of mayhem and a whole lot of muddy madness stomping through Ledges and exploring the trails of Canwita.

June 28-July 2

Mischief Managed

Accio wizards! Come test your magical skills and participate in your favorite Hogwarts courses as we zoom through this week!

July 6-9

Game of Games

Ah snap! This will be a Dizzy Dash as we jam-pack the week full of action-filled games and contests!

July 12-16

S’more What?!

Join us for another week of lots S’more fun! Crafts, games, and S’mores of course.

July 19-23

Kindness Crusaders

Let’s give back with a week full of community engagement opportunities. Campers will participate in a variety of goodwill projects, and finish the week off on a high note with a fun-filled field trip!

July 26-30

World Explorers

Grab your backpack and hiking boots as we explore the world we live in. We’ll end the week with a trip to Ledges State Park!

August 2-6

Journey to the Jungle

Summer is about to get WILD as we discover all the things with fur, scales, and feathers!

August 9-13

Additional field trip fee ($30)

Incredible Adventures

Test your courage this week as we take a trip to Adventureland and take on the Monster as many times as you can!

August 16-20

The Grand Finale

Let the good times roll! Join us for our last week of camp as we bring back all our favorite summer games, crafts, and activities!

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HANTESA OUTRAGEOUS DAY CAMP


COVID-19 STATEMENT

During this unprecedented time, Camp Fire is taking the necessary steps to avoid the spread of COVID-19 at all of our programs. Learn more about our new safety precautions and changes to our regular summer program schedule.




GRADES

Entering Grades 5-10

PRICING

$210 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, unique experiences for older day campers. This tight-knit group spends each week exploring specific topics, activities, and skills centered around a weekly theme. Each week is specifically designed to engage, challenge, and excite with activities such as archery, canoeing, rock climbing, and weekly field trips. Transportation from one of our drop sites, lunch, and a morning and afternoon snack are included in the price of registration.


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

4:00-5:30 PM

McHose Park

1215 Francis Mason Dr.
Boone, IA 50036

Drop-Off

7:00-9:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:00-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2021 DATES & THEMES


June 7-11

Best Summer Ever!

You’re the boss this week! Choose from archery, riflery, slingshots, arts and crafts, swimming, rock climbing, and more! This week we’ll also go on a canoe day trip!

June 14-18

Welcome Back!

School is out and we will start off our summer by exploring all that Hantesa has to offer including water games, sports, arts and crafts, and even a picnic trip to Ledges State Park.

June 21-25

High Adventure

Reach new heights this week as we climb the rock walls at Hantesa and Iowa State University, challenge ourselves on the ropes course, and have many more adventures!

June 28-July 2

Nature Unleashed

Explore the world around you! Learn about nature at camp, and then use what you’ve learned to help in a scavenger hunt at the Iowa Arboretum!

July 6-9

Hydro-lympics

Spend the week competing with fellow campers in wild water games. We will go canoeing at Don Williams Lake, and take a trip to the Ames Community Pool.

July 12-16

Mischief Managed!

This week is bound to be magical! Play quidditch, cast spells, brew potions and more! This week, we’ll delve into the magical world of Hogwarts.

July 19-23

Survivor: Hantesa Edition

Learn all about surviving outside while also competing against the other team. Outdoor cooking, orienteering, and more on Hantesa Island!

July 26-30

Pack Your Bags!

It’s all about travel this week! Learn about cultures from around the world; cool new sports, arts, food and more await you at camp, along with taking a trip to track down some local geocaches!

August 2-6

Extreme Sports

Spend the week playing all sorts of sports and games. Each classic game will have an extreme twist. We’ll even explore some local parks to play disc golf!

August 9-13

Reality TV: Camp Style

Propose a crazy idea to the “sharks,” create a new runway masterpiece, or invent a mindblowing dish… All with a camp spin! This week we’ll also learn from the pros and take a cooking class!

August 16-20

Mash-Up

Search and rescue, nature art, sparts (sports and art) and much more! This week we mash-up all of our favorite Hantesa crafts for a week of new, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and activities!

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CAMP IGNITE


COVID-19 STATEMENT

During this unprecedented time, Camp Fire is taking the necessary steps to avoid the spread of COVID-19 at all of our programs. Learn more about our new safety precautions and changes to our regular summer program schedule.




GRADES

Entering Grades 1-5

PRICING

Tiered Pricing – see details below

LOCATION

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

DETAILS

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

TIERED PRICING

Tiered 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
  • Full price: $200/week

Please submit proof of free/reduced lunch status upon registering for this program to campfire@campfireiowa.org. Proof may include a letter from your child’s school verifying lunch status, proof of SNAP benefits, or a letter from the nutrition department. Your registration will not be finalized until you submit this information.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (515) 274-1501 or email campfire@campfireiowa.org and we would be happy to assist you.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Camp Ignite is available to youth and families who live on the north and west 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


Franklin Jr. High

4801 Franklin Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310

Drop-Off

7:00-9:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:00-5:30 PM

Highland Park Christian Church

4260 NW 6th Drive
Des Moines, IA 50313

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2021 DATES & THEMES


June 7-11

Summer Camp 101

Join us for our first week of camp this summer! We’ll be getting the hang of what it takes to have an amazing summer and taking a trip to go skating!

June 14-18

Creepy Crawly Critters

Big or small, we love all kinds of critters at camp! We’ll enjoy learning more about them when we head to Blank Park Zoo!

June 21-25

Hydrolympics

Do you have what it takes to win this week?! Join us for a week of water games and a trip to an aquatic center!

June 28-July 2

ComiCamp

You’re the hero of this story! This week we will be creating our own superhero identities, practicing our super skills, and taking a trip to Perfect Games.

July 6-9

Across the Pond

Get a sample of different cultures this week as our international counselors introduce us to new food, games, music, and more!

July 12-16

Lights, Camera, Action

The glamour of Hollywood comes alive this week as we explore all things cinema, complete with a trip to the theater, and an All Camp Awards show!

July 19-23

Campers of the Caribbean

Ahoy matey! Drop anchor and stick around for a week on the water! You’ll get soaked with water games, relays, and a trip to an aquatic center.

July 26-30

Mad Scientists

We’re challenging our inner Bill Nye this week because it’s all about science! You won’t want to miss our field trip to…the Science Center of Iowa!

August 2-6

H2Overboard

It’s water week! Join us in all kinds of wet and wacky activities, then wrap things up with a trip to Ledges State Park for creek stomping. H2Ohhhh Yeah!

August 9-13

Additional field trip fee ($30)

Fear Factor

Is fear a factor for you?! Join us for a week of chills and thrills as we face our fears at ADVENTURELAND!

August 16-20

End of Summer Splash

We’re sad to see summer go, but happy to be spending it with you! We’ll be spending our last week of camp reliving our favorite parts of summer and heading to an aquatic center!

REGISTER NOW

CANWITA OUTRAGEOUS DAY CAMP


COVID-19 STATEMENT

During this unprecedented time, Camp Fire is taking the necessary steps to avoid the spread of COVID-19 at all of our programs. Learn more about our new safety precautions and changes to our regular summer program schedule.




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



2021 DATES & THEMES

June 14-18

Additional field trip fee ($30)

Outdoor Odyssey

Join us as we kick start summer, exploring the great outdoors with trips to Gym-N-Eat Cricket Castle, Camp Hantesa, and ICU Paintball!

June 21-25

The Upside Down

There are stranger things than what we’ve got planned this week! Make your own Castle Byers, defeat a demogorgon, and don’t get turned upside down when we head to Camp Hantesa!

June 28-July 2

Iowa Nice

Join us as we give a hand back to our community! We’ll be doing a different community engagement project each day and ending the week at an aquatic center!

July 6-9

4th Fest

Happy Fourth of July! This week’s all about red, white and blue and we want YOU to join us!

July 12-16

Additional field trip fee ($10)

Zombies Vs Aliens

We’re kicking off our summer by heading to a few of our favorite field trips, Camp Hantesa and laser tag!

July 19-23

Top Chef

Do you have what it takes to be a Top Chef? Expand your culinary expertise while we enjoy some delicious treats, compete to make the tastiest concoctions, and explore the world of food.

July 26-30

Additional field trip fee ($30)

Mystery Island

We just received a coded distress signal from Lost Island. Join us this week as we set out to decipher the message and seek out what trouble awaits in Waterloo…

August 2-6

Unsolved Mysteries

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

August 9-13

Additional field trip fee ($30)

Wild & Wise

This week is all about high adventure! Use your wisdom to choose the wildest rides as we visit Adventureland!

August 16-20

Additional field trip 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!

REGISTER NOW

CAMP DYNAMITE


COVID-19 STATEMENT

During this unprecedented time, Camp Fire is taking the necessary steps to avoid the spread of COVID-19 at all of our programs. Learn more about our new safety precautions and changes to our regular summer program schedule.




GRADES

Entering Grades 1-5

PRICING

Tiered Pricing – see details below

LOCATION

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

DETAILS

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

TIERED PRICING

Tiered 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
  • Full price: $200/week

Please submit proof of free/reduced lunch status upon registering for this program to campfire@campfireiowa.org. Proof may include a letter from your child’s school verifying lunch status, proof of SNAP benefits, or a letter from the nutrition department. Your registration will not be finalized until you submit this information.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (515) 274-1501 or email campfire@campfireiowa.org and we would be happy to assist you.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Camp Dynamite is available to youth and families who live on the 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

7:00-9:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:00-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2021 DATES & THEMES


June 7-11

Summer Camp 101

Join us for our first week of camp this summer! We’ll be getting the hang of what it takes to have an amazing summer and taking a trip to go skating!

June 14-18

Creepy Crawly Critters

Big or small, we love all kinds of critters at camp! We’ll enjoy learning more about them when we head to Blank Park Zoo!

June 21-25

Hydrolympics

Do you have what it takes to win this week?! Join us for a week of water games and a trip to an aquatic center!

June 28-July 2

ComiCamp

You’re the hero of this story! This week we will be creating our own superhero identities, practicing our super skills, and taking a trip to Perfect Games.

July 6-9

Across the Pond

Get a sample of different cultures this week as our international counselors introduce us to new food, games, music, and more!

July 12-16

Lights, Camera, Action

The glamour of Hollywood comes alive this week as we explore all things cinema, complete with a trip to the theater, and an All Camp Awards show!

July 19-23

Campers of the Caribbean

Ahoy matey! Drop anchor and stick around for a week on the water! You’ll get soaked with water games, relays, and a trip to an aquatic center.

July 26-30

Mad Scientists

We’re challenging our inner Bill Nye this week because it’s all about science! You won’t want to miss our field trip to…the Science Center of Iowa!

August 2-6

H2Overboard

It’s water week! Join us in all kinds of wet and wacky activities, then wrap things up with a trip to Ledges State Park for creek stomping. H2Ohhhh Yeah!

August 9-13

Additional field trip fee ($30)

Fear Factor

Is fear a factor for you?! Join us for a week of chills and thrills as we face our fears at ADVENTURELAND!

August 16-20

End of Summer Splash

We’re sad to see summer go, but happy to be spending it with you! We’ll be spending our last week of camp reliving our favorite parts of summer and heading to an aquatic center!

REGISTER NOW

DES MOINES OUTRAGEOUS DAY CAMP


COVID-19 STATEMENT

During this unprecedented time, Camp Fire is taking the necessary steps to avoid the spread of COVID-19 at all of our programs. Learn more about our new safety precautions and changes to our regular summer program schedule.




GRADES

Entering Grades 6-10

PRICING

Tiered Pricing – see details below

LOCATION

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

DETAILS

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

TIERED PRICING

Tiered 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

  • Full price: $210/week
  • Campership price: $60/week

Please complete a Campership Application and submit the form to campfire@campfireiowa.org to receive the Campership Price. Our staff will review your application and will contact you on the status of your campership. We are only able to offer a select amount of registrations at this greatly reduced rate, so please complete your application as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (515) 274-1501 or email campfire@campfireiowa.org and we would be happy to assist you.


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


Franklin Jr. High

4801 Franklin Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:00-5:30 PM

Highland Park Christian Church

4260 NW 6th Drive
Des Moines, IA 50313

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 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



2021 DATES & THEMES

June 7-11

Secret Agent Training Camp

Calling all Top Secret Agents! This week we will discover what it truly means to be a secret agent. We’ll band together to gather evidence, decode messages, and organize clues to solve a top-secret mystery.

June 14-18

Additional field trip fee ($30)

Outdoor Odyssey

Join us as we kick start summer, exploring the great outdoors with trips to Gym-N-Eat Cricket Castle, Camp Hantesa, and ICU Paintball!

June 21-25

The Upside Down

There are stranger things than what we’ve got planned this week! Make your own Castle Byers, defeat a demogorgon, and don’t get turned upside down when we head to Camp Hantesa!

June 28-July 2

Iowa Nice

Join us as we give a hand back to our community! We’ll be doing a different community engagement project each day and ending the week at an aquatic center!

July 6-9

4th Fest

Happy Fourth of July! This week’s all about red, white and blue and we want YOU to join us!

July 12-16

Additional field trip fee ($10)

Zombies Vs Aliens

We’re kicking off our summer by heading to a few of our favorite field trips, Camp Hantesa and laser tag!

July 19-23

Top Chef

Do you have what it takes to be a Top Chef? Expand your culinary expertise while we enjoy some delicious treats, compete to make the tastiest concoctions, and explore the world of food.

July 26-30

Additional field trip fee ($30)

Mystery Island

We just received a coded distress signal from Lost Island. Join us this week as we set out to decipher the message and seek out what trouble awaits in Waterloo…

August 2-6

Unsolved Mysteries

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

August 9-13

Additional field trip fee ($30)

Wild & Wise

This week is all about high adventure! Use your wisdom to choose the wildest rides as we visit Adventureland!

August 16-20

Additional field trip 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!

REGISTER NOW

HANTESA DAY CAMP


COVID-19 STATEMENT

During this unprecedented time, Camp Fire is taking the necessary steps to avoid the spread of COVID-19 at all of our programs. Learn more about our new safety precautions and changes to our regular summer program schedule.




GRADES

Entering Grades 1-8

PRICING

$205 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

4:00-5:30 PM

McHose Park

1215 Francis Mason Dr.
Boone, IA 50036

Drop-Off

7:00-8:30 AM

Pick-Up

4:00-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2021 DATES


June 7-11


June 14-18


June 21-25


June 28-July 2



July 6-9


July 12-16


July 19-23


July 26-30



August 2-6


August 9-13


August 16-20




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