SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS

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


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SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM DETAILS


  • Camp Fire Day Camp – School Day Off – Grades K-9
  • Outrageous Day Camp – School Day Off – Grades 5-9
  • Afternoon at the Ranch – Grades 3-8
  • Skill Building Saturdays – Ages 9+
  • Family Camp – Grades Pre K-12
  • Teen Programs – Grades 5-12
  • Haunted Hantesa

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, sledding, 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 5 (Des Moines drop only) *JohnstonCSD only, lunch not provided, reduced day rate
October 8 (Ames & Boone drops)
October 22 (Des Moines drop only) *UrbandaleCSD only, lunch not provided, reduced day rate
October 25 (Des Moines drop only)
October 26 (Des Moines drop only)
November 2 (Ames & Des Moines drops)
November 8 (Ames drop only)
November 9 (Ames drop only)
November 21 (All drop sites open)

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


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Outrageous Day Camp

Grades 5-9

Cost: $37/day

Program Description: Join us for our “Out of School” days this winter!  Drop your camper off at one of our convenient drop locations and let them experience a day of age-appropriate awesomeness! Get an outrageous experience through one of our themed camp days!

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

Program Dates and Themes:
Be on the lookout for Winter 2018-2019 Dates!

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


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Afternoon at the Ranch

Grades 3-8

Cost: $35/session

Program Description: Spend the afternoon at Camp Hantesa’s Herman’s Ranch learning all there is to know about horses! Explore horse science, grooming, saddling, and English riding lessons provided by our trained staff. Horses are available for all skill levels. Riding lessons include ring activities and games intended to teach and practice essential riding skills. Beginning to advanced riders welcome.

Please wear jeans or long pants and dress for the weather.

Program Dates: 
September 22
September 29

Drop Sites and Drop Off Times:
Camp Canwita (Ames): 12:30PM
Herman’s Ranch (Camp Hantesa, Boone): 1:00PM
Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines): 12:00PM
Pick Up Times:
Camp Canwita (Ames): 3:30PM
Herman’s Ranch (Camp Hantesa, Boone): 3:00PM
Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines): 4:00PM


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Skill Building Saturdays

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!

Program Dates: 
September 22 – Canoeing (Ages 10+)
September 29 – Archery (Ages 9+)
October 6 – Rock Climbing (Ages 9+)
November 10 – Orienteering (Ages 9+)

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


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Family Camp

Grades PreK-12

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 3-4

Check In: 5:30PM (11/3) at Camp Hantesa
Check Out: 11:00AM (11/4)


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Teen Camping Trip

Ages: 12+

Cost: $85/person

Teens join us for an off-site trip to one of Iowa’s beautiful state parks! We will enjoy a weekend of hiking, camping, and cooking over a fire during the day and S’mores, campfire stories, and stargazing at night! Don’t miss out-sign up for our spring expedition today!  Meals included.

Program Dates:
September 28-30

Check-In: 6:00PM (9/28) at Camp Hantesa
Check Out: 10:00AM (9/30) at Camp Hantesa 


Fall Outrageous Overnight

Grades 5-9

Cost: $65/person

Program Description: Inviting all 5th-9th grade boys and girls! Leave your parents at home and join us for a night of extreme fun! Grab a buddy and get ready for a night filled with screams and fun at the Haunted Scream Park at Sleepy Hallow! We will end the night with an overnight at Camp Hantesa.

Price includes meals and recreational fees. Dinner, breakfast, and transportation included.

Program Dates:
October 19-20

Drop Off: 5:45-6PM (10/19) at Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines)
Pick Up: 11:00AM (10/20) at Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines)



Teen Leadership Retreat

Ages: 12+

Cost: $65/person

Program Description: Teens join us for a weekend of service, fun, and catching up with camp friends! Enjoy the beautiful blooming wildflowers at Hantesa while we hike, climb at the rock wall, stargaze, and complete a service project for camp! Meals included.

Program Dates:
October 26-28

Check-In: 6:00PM (10/26) at Camp Hantesa
Check Out: 10:00AM (10/28) at Camp Hantesa



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Haunted Hantesa

Grades: K & Above

Cost: Free Will Donation

Program Description: The 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 for s’mores, apples cider, and campfire stories!

Dates: October 26 and 27
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Camp Hantesa, 1450 Oriole Rd, Boone, IA 50036


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