SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS

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!


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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+
  • New Years Eve Overnight – Grades K-9
  • Family Camp – Grades Pre K-12
  • Hantesa Teen Programs – Ages 12+
  • Outrageous Overnight – Grades 5-9
  • 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:
November 21 (All drop sites open)
December 26 (All drop sites open)
December 27 (All drop sites open)
December 28 (All drop sites open)
December 31 (All drop sites open)
January 2 (Boone & Des Moines drop sites open)
January 3 (Des Moines drop site only)
January 4 (Des Moines drop site only)
January 14 (Ames drop site only)
January 21 (Ames & Boone 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:
December 26, 2018: As Seen on TV
December 27, 2018: Summer Mashup
December 28, 2018: Disney Day
December 31, 2018: Chilly Challenges

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: 
Spring dates coming soon!

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: 
Spring dates coming soon!

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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New Years Eve Overnight

Grades K-9

Cost:
$70/child (Overnight only)
$95/child (12/31 day camp + overnight)

Program Description: Why let Mom and Dad have all the fun this New Year’s Eve? Have your own party! We will be bringing in 2019 in style at Camp Hantesa! Stay up late, dance, play games and much more. Meals and snacks provided.

Program Dates:
12/31/2018-1/1/2019

Drop Off (12/31):
Camp Canwita (Ames): 7:00-8:30AM (Day camp + overnight), 4:30-5:30PM (Overnight only)
McHose Park (Boone): 7:00-8:30AM (Day camp + overnight), 4:30-5:30PM (Overnight only)
Camp Fire Service Center (DSM): 7:00-8:00AM (Day camp + overnight), 4:30-5:30PM (overnight only)

Pick Up (1/1):
Camp Canwita (Ames): 10:00AM
McHose Park (Boone): 9:45AM
Camp Fire Service Center (DSM): 10:30AM


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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:
Spring dates coming soon!

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:
Spring dates coming soon!

Drop Off: 6:00PM (9/28) at Camp Hantesa
Pick Up: 10:00AM (9/30) at Camp Hantesa 


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:
Spring dates coming soon!

Drop Off: 6:00PM (10/26) at Camp Hantesa
Pick Up: 10:00AM (10/28) at Camp Hantesa


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Outrageous Overnight: Ski Trip

Grades 5-9

Cost: $85/person

Program Description: Join us for an overnight trip up to Seven Oaks Recreation for the Outrageous Ski Trip! Price includes transportation, rental fees, meals, and snacks. Cost does not include helmet rental. Campers may bring additional money to spend at concessions.

Program Dates:
February 23-24, 2019

Drop Off:
6:00-6:15PM (2/23) at Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines)
6:30PM (2/23) at Camp Canwita (Ames)

Pick Up:
11:00AM (2/24) at Camp Fire Service Center (Des Moines)
10:30AM (2/24) at Camp Canwita (Ames)


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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: Check back next year for 2019 dates!
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Camp Hantesa, 1450 Oriole Rd, Boone, IA 50036


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