Give your child the gift of an unforgettable summer at resident camp. Choose from Mini Camp, Outpost Trips, Leadership Programs, or Traditional Resident Camp. Activities include climbing wall, archery, riflery, pottery, canoeing, nature, sports, drama, music, outdoor education, and so much more! Click on any of the tabs below to view detailed information about each of our overnight camp programs including location, pricing, dates, and themes.
Mini Camp is the perfect option for new campers who want to experience resident camp for the first time. During each 4-day, 3-night session, campers will explore Hantesa traditions and participate in the fun activities camp has to offer, including climbing, swimming, drama, sports, games, optional pony rides, and more!
Imagine spending a week making friends, trying new things, and spending almost all your time outside. At Hantesa, that’s exactly what our resident campers experience! They spend their days building skills in areas like archery, outdoor living, arts and crafts, nature, and sports and games. All this is facilitated by our well-trained, compassionate staff. In the evenings, they participate in group games or activities, and tie the day together with a counselor-led ritual or reflection. Fun, friendship, and growth await your camper this summer at Camp Hantesa.
Because this program is funded through a grant that almost entirely covers the cost of attendance, all campers must apply and be accepted to the program. Victim advocates, mental health professionals, teachers, and parents/guardians are all eligible to nominate any number of children so long as they think the camper is a good fit for the program. Please complete and submit the nomination form by clicking the link below. If the child(ren) you nominate are accepted, you will receive a confirmation via email along with instructions on how to complete their registration.
Camp Brave is a week-long overnight camp for youth ages 8-17 whose life has been impacted by crime. This may include being a direct victim of a crime or being the child of an adult who has been a victim of a crime. During their week at camp, campers will have the opportunity to experience all summer camp has to offer including swimming, sports and games, crafts, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and much more! Campers will also participate in a variety of activities developed to help them heal, grow, and develop coping skills. Scholarships and program funding are provided by the Iowa Department of Justice with program support provided by the Victims Services Support Program.
Because this program is funded through a grant that almost entirely covers the cost of attendance, all campers must apply and be accepted to the program. Please complete and submit the nomination form by clicking the link below. If the child(ren) you nominate are accepted, you will receive a confirmation via email along with instructions on how to complete their registration.
Camp Opportunity is a scholarship-based week-long overnight camp for youth, ages 8-17, who are refugees or whose parents are refugees. During their week at camp, campers will have the opportunity to experience all summer camp has to offer including swimming, sports and games, crafts, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and much more!
If horses are your passion, then Herman’s Ranch is the perfect camp experience. Spend the morning at the barn and the afternoon participating in traditional camp activities. Campers spend each day in English style riding lessons honing riding skills and learning horse science. Campers are assigned horses and instruction with our qualified staff based on riding level. Beginners to advanced riders are welcome!
While Herman’s Campers spend the majority of their time exploring the equine world, they will also participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, doing crafts, sleeping in cabins and playing in all camp games.
Hantesa Alumni are invited to join us at camp this week to ‘keep young dreams’ and experience all that Hantesa has to offer! Lounge in the pool, cook-out over a fire, sing songs, visit with old friends, and enjoy a week away from it all, here at camp!
All alumni are welcome to come and visit the Big KYDs at camp at no cost – just make sure you check in at the office when you arrive! If you plan to stay overnight or eat in the dining hall please contact Alana at firstname.lastname@example.org.