Camp Fire continues to provide exciting programs throughout the school year. Whether you’re interested in weekend family retreats, horseback riding lessons, school break overnights, or Camp Fire Day Camps, we have a program for you and your family!



  • Camp Fire Day Camp – School Day Off – Grades K-9
  • Hantesa Survivor!
  • Skill Building Saturdays – Ages 9+
  • Fun For The Whole Family!
  • Teen Programs – Grades 5+
  • Women’s Retreat

Camp Fire Day Camp

Grades K-9

Cost: $37/day

Program Description: Camp Fire Day Camps give your child the chance to experience all of the fun of summer in one action-packed day! Your campers will travel to Camp Hantesa in Boone for a day of adventure, fun, and making new friends! Campers will choose their activities for the day from a number of options – no two days are the same! Activities may include arts & crafts, sports, archery, ecology, orienteering, and more! All activities are led by Camp Fire’s professional and caring staff who will spark your child’s curiosity, provide encouragement, and help them explore new experiences!

Each day includes transportation from one of our drop sites, a hot lunch, along with a morning and afternoon snack.

Program Dates:
October 7th
November 1st
November 4th-8th
November 27th

Drop Sites and Drop Off Times:
Camp Canwita (Ames): 7:00-8:30AM
McHose Park (Boone): 7:00-8:30AM
Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines): 7:00-8:00AM

Pick Up Times (ALL SITES): 4:30-5:30PM


Hantesa Survivor

Ages 16+

Cost: $400/team ($50 individual registration)

Program Description: Register today to see if you can outwit, outplay, and outcamp your opponents! Participants can join a team of 3-8 people and compete in a variety of fun challenges all day. To register (as a team or as an individual to be placed in a team), email or call Alana Matteson at, 515-432-1417

Lunch is provided

Program Dates:
September 21st, 10:00am-2:00pm


Skill Building Saturdays & Afternoon at the Ranch

Ages 9+

Cost: $35/person

Program Description:Join us for an afternoon of skill building at Camp Hantesa! Try something new or get a refresher on some of our favorite outdoor pursuits! Each day will include introductory instruction by Camp Fire’s professional staff and the chance to practice new skills with games and other activities. All necessary equipment/supplies are provided and transportation is available from the drops sites listed below. All activities take place outdoors so please dress for the weather.

Program Dates: 
September 14: Rock Climbing or Horseback Riding*

September 28th: Archery or Horseback Riding*

*Lessons include instruction in English horseback riding, grooming, saddling, and horse care. Riders of all skill levels are welcome. All riders are required to wear jeans or long pants.

Drop Sites and Drop Off Times:
Camp Canwita (Ames): 12:30PM
Camp Hantesa (Boone): 1:00PM
Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines): 12:00PM

Pick Up Times:
Camp Canwita (Ames): 3:30PM
Camp Hantesa (Boone): 3:00PM
Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines): 4:00PM


Family Camp

Ages 5+

Cost: $40/person

Program Description: Camp isn’t just for the kids! Experience the joy of camping as a family without any of the work! Let the staff of Camp Hantesa provide a day of fun for your whole family. The overnight will kick-off with dinner and some icebreaker games followed by a night hike, campfire & s’mores, and a good nights rest in our shared lodge style cabins. Wake up the next day to a hot breakfast and a morning of camp activities exploring the great outdoors!

Each session includes dinner and breakfast.

Program Dates:
November 2nd-3rd

Check In: 5:30PM (11/2) at Camp Hantesa
Check Out: 11:00AM (11/3)


Haunted Hantesa

Ages: 12+

Cost: FREE!

Program Description: This evening is sure to thrill the whole family! Start your visit with the haunted forest trail with age appropriate scariness. Then head to the bonfire where you can purchase s’mores, apple cider, and campfire stories.

Program Dates:
October 25th, 26th (7pm-9pm)

Camp Hantesa: 1450 Oriole Rd Boone, Iowa 


Camp Connection Day

Cost: FREE!

Program Description: Looking for ways to keep the summer fun going? Join us for Camp Connection Day! During this FREE family-friendly event, you can create awesome crafts, try your hand at slingshots, join in the Gaga Ball tournament, and more! Stop by to revisit some of your favorite camp activities AND learn how to stay involved with Camp Fire throughout the whole year!

Program Dates:
Tuesday, September 24th, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Camp Fire Service Center – 5615 Hickman Rd


Outrageous Overnight

Grades 5-9

Date: October 11th-12th

Cost: $75

Program Description: Time isn’t the only thing that flies when you’re having fun! Join us for a night of high flying adventure with a trip to Urban Air! With a trampoline park, ropes course, rock climbing wall, and more, this trip has something for everyone! Afterwards, we’ll head up to Camp Hantesa to spend the night. Let the adventure begin!

Meals and Transportation Included

Drop Sites and Drop Off Times:
Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines): 6:00-6:15pm

Pick Up: 11:00am

Teen Retreat

Ages 12+

Date: October 25th-27th

Cost: $65/person

Program Description: Teens! Join us for a weekend of service, fun, and catching up with camp friends at Hantesa! Enjoy the beautiful fall colors at camp while we hike, climb the rock wall, stargaze, and scare visitors on the Haunted Hantesa trail! Make sure to pack a costume – it’s sure to be a spooktacular weekend!

Check in: 6:00 pm

Pick Up: 11:00am


Women’s Retreat

Cost: $85/person

Program Description: Take a weekend away to spend time with other women. Enjoy a kid free weekend at Camp Hantesa including crafts, writing, hiking, yoga, reflection, and a cookout over the fire (with s’mores of course)!

Program Dates:
October 18th-20th, Check in: 6pm, Check out; 10am


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