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) – Ages 5-9
  • Canwita Outrageous (Ames) – Ages 10-13
  • Hantesa Day Camp (Ames, Boone, & DSM) – Ages 5-9
  • Hantesa Day Camp (Ames, Boone, & DSM) – Ages 10-13
  • Eastview Day Camp (East DSM) – Ages 5-9
  • Southwoods Day Camp (South DSM) – Ages 5-9
  • Des Moines Outrageous (DSM) – Ages 10-13
  • Youth Service Coalition (Ames, Boone, & DSM) – Ages 14-17

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.




AGES

Ages 5-9

PRICING

$230 per week

LOCATION

Camp Canwita
2807 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

DETAILS

Lunch: Not included
Swimming: Weekly
Field Trips: Weekly

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

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2022 DATES & THEMES

June 6-10

Passport to Fun


June 13-17

Mysteries and Riddles


June 20-24

Optional Friday Overnight: $40

A Drop of Kindness


June 27-July 1

Corn Fed


July 5-8

*No camp July 4

Forbidden Island


July 11-15

Beyond the Board


July 18-22

Symphony of the Senses


July 25-29

Optional Friday Overnight: $40

Wacky and Wonderful


August 1-5

Additional Field Trip Fee: $30

Greek Greatness


August 8-12

Beyond the Sea


August 15-19

End of Summer Bash


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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.




AGES

Ages 10-13

PRICING

$240 per week

LOCATION

Camp Canwita
2807 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

DETAILS

Lunch: Not included
Swimming: Weekly
Field Trips: Weekly

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

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2022 DATES & THEMES

June 6-10

Additional Field Trip Fee: $30

Spy Academy


June 13-17

Game Changers


June 20-24

Additional Field Trip Fee: $10
Optional Friday Overnight: $40

Ready Player Fun


July 27-July 1

Community Heroes


July 5-8

*No camp July 4

Water Rides and Waterslides


July 11-15

Legends of the Ancient World


July 18-22

Additional Field Trip Fee: $25

Sharks Versus Lifeguards


July 25-29

Optional Friday Overnight: $40

BIG (Adulting 101)


August 1-5

Additional Field Trip Fee: $30

Choose Your Challenge


August 8-12

Additional Field Trip Fee: $30

Outwit-Outplay-Outrageous


August 15-19

Summer Send Off


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HANTESA DAY CAMP (5-9)


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.




AGES

Ages 5-9

PRICING

$250 per week

LOCATION

Camp Hantesa
1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

DETAILS

Lunch: Provided
Swimming: Daily
Field Trips: NA

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Hantesa Day Camp offers new, unique experiences for kids of all ages. Our younger campers spend the week in a tight-knit group led by a dedicated counselor that helps them explore new activities and skills centered around a weekly theme. Each week is specifically designed to engage, challenge, and excite with a variety of outdoor-focused activities. 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

7:00-8:00 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

Camp Hantesa

1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2022 DATES & THEMES


June 6-10

Summer Celebration


June 13-17

Hydrolymics


June 20-24

Magic & Mystery


June 27-July 1

Xtreme Sports


July 5-8

*No camp July 4

Mash Up


July 11-15

Mad Science


July 18-22

Around the World


July 25-29

Nature Unleashed


August 1-5

Adventure Awaits


August 8-12

Wild & Wonderful


August 15-19

Best of the Best


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HANTESA DAY CAMP (10-13)


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.




AGES

Ages 10-13

PRICING

$250 per week

LOCATION

Camp Hantesa
1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

DETAILS

Lunch: Provided
Swimming: Daily
Field Trips: NA

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

At Camp Hantesa, our older campers have the opportunity to create their own unique summer experience! Hantesa day campers (10-13) choose their own activities every week from a set of options aligned with the week’s theme—whether they are interested in art, sports, or other outdoor pursuits – we have something for everyone! Campers attend their chosen activities in the mornings 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!


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Camp Canwita

2807 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 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

Camp Hantesa

1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2022 DATES & THEMES


June 6-10

Summer Celebration


June 13-17

Magic & Mayhem


June 20-24

H2Overboard


June 27-July 1

Mash Up


July 5-8

*No camp July 4

Xtreme Sports


July 11-15

Mud Madness


July 18-22

Around the World


July 25-29

High Adventure


August 1-5

Hantesa Lore


August 8-12

Survivor Challenge


August 15-19

End of Summer Jam


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EASTVIEW 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.




AGES

Ages 5-9

PRICING

Tiered Pricing – see details below

LOCATION

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

DETAILS

Lunch: Provided
Swimming: Weekly
Field Trips: Weekly

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: $80/week
  • Qualifying for reduced-price lunch: $110/week
  • Full price: $220/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

Eastview Day Camp 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

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2022 DATES & THEMES


June 6-10

Passport to Fun


June 13-17

Campers VS Counselors


June 20-24

I-Spy


June 27-July 1

Fantastic Beasts


July 5-8

*No camp July 4

Anything Goes


July 11-15

CSI – Camp Scene Investigation


July 18-22

Pay It Forward


July 25-29

Downside Up


August 1-5

Additional Field Trip Fee: $30

Challenge Accepted


August 8-12

Beyond the Board


August 15-19

Greek Games


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SOUTHWOODS 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.




AGES

Ages 5-9

PRICING

Tiered Pricing – see details below

LOCATION

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

DETAILS

Lunch: Provided
Swimming: Weekly
Field Trips: Weekly

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: $80/week
  • Qualifying for reduced-price lunch: $110/week
  • Full price: $220/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

Southwoods Day Camp is available to youth and families who live on the south 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


Pioneer Columbus Community Center

2100 SE 5th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2022 DATES & THEMES


June 6-10

Passport to Fun


June 13-17

Campers VS Counselors


June 20-24

CSI: Camp Scene Investigation


June 27-July 1

Pay It Forward


July 5-8

*No camp July 4

Anything Goes


July 11-15

Beyond the Board


July 18-22

Fantastic Beasts


July 25-29

Downside Up


August 1-5

Additional Field Trip Fee: $30

Challenge Accepted


August 8-12

I-Spy


August 15-19

Greek Games


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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.




AGES

Ages 10-13

PRICING

Tiered Pricing – see details below

LOCATION

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

DETAILS

Lunch: Not included
Swimming: Weekly
Field Trips: Weekly

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: $240/week
  • Campership price: $80/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

Des Moines 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 Fire Service Center

5615 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2022 DATES & THEMES

June 6-10

Additional Field Trip Fee: $30

Spy Academy


June 13-17

Game Changers


June 20-24

Additional Field Trip Fee: $10

Ready Player Fun


June 27-July 1

Community Heroes


July 5-8

*No camp July 4

Water Rides and Waterslides


July 11-15

Legends of the Ancient World


July 18-22

Additional Field Trip Fee: $25

Sharks Versus Lifeguards


July 25-29

BIG (Adulting 101)


August 1-5

Additional Field Trip Fee: $30

Choose Your Challenge


August 8-12

Additional Field Trip Fee: $30

Outwit-Outplay-Outrageous


August 15-19

Summer Send Off


REGISTER NOW

YOUTH SERVICE COALITION


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.




AGES

Ages 14-17

PRICING

$215 per week

LOCATION

Camp Hantesa
1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

DETAILS

Lunch: Provided
Swimming: Varies
Field Trips: Varies

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Calling all Camp Fire teens – be a part of our inaugural Youth Service Coalition! In this brand new, youth-led program, Camp Fire teens explore community issues such as homelessness, food insecurity, conservation and climate change, mental health, and much more. Guided by our trained staff, teens will learn about the issues and work together to advocate for change, complete service projects, and improve our community – for everyone! Teens will also participate in all of the most anticipated summer activities and field trips – make a difference in your community, earn volunteer hours, and have a blast the whole time!


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Camp Canwita

2807 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 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

Camp Hantesa

1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

Drop-Off

7:00-8:00 AM

Pick-Up

4:30-5:30 PM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2022 DATES


June 6-10


June 13-17


June 20-24


June 27-July 1



July 5-8

*No camp July 4

July 11-15


July 18-22


July 25-29



August 1-5


August 8-12


August 15-19




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