Summer Overnight Camp

Give your child an unforgettable summer at resident camp.  Choose from Mini Camp, Outpost Trips, Leadership Programs, or Traditional Overnight 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 – Ages 6-9
  • Camp Brave – Grades 3 – 12
  • Hantesa Overnight Camp – Grades 1 – 12
  • Teen Programs – Grades 8 – 12
  • Big KYDs Camp – Ages 18+

MINI CAMP



GRADES

Entering Grades 1 – 5

PRICING

$330 per person

LOCATION

Camp Hantesa
1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Mini Camp is the perfect option for new campers who want to experience overnight camp for the first time. During this 4-day, 3-night session, campers will explore Hantesa traditions and participate in all of the fun activities camp has to offer, including climbing, swimming, drama, crafts, games, and more!


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Camp Hantesa

1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

Drop-Off

Wednesday, July 5th
2:00-4:00 PM

Pick-Up

Saturday, July 8th
10:00 AM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2023 DATES

July 5 – 8

Mash-Up Mini!

This week we’re putting it all in the mixer to create something new! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to paint during a game of tag? Play hide and seek using nature to disguise your hiding spot? Who knows what will happen as we mix and mash our favorite camp activities!

REGISTER HERE

CAMP BRAVE


GRADES

Entering grades 3 – 12

PRICING

$45 per camper

LOCATION

Camp Hantesa
1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Camp Brave is a week-long overnight camp for youth 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.

Camp Brave is currently seeking nominations for their 2023 program! All accepted campers will attend on scholarship for only $45.00!

Nomination Deadline: Friday June 11, 2023


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Camp Hantesa

1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

Drop-Off

Sunday, June 25th
2:00 – 4:00 PM

Pick-Up

Saturday, July 1st
10:00 AM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2023 DATES & THEMES

June 25th – July 1st

Magic & Mystery

Remember to bring your broom license as we FLY into the world of magic! Create your own wizarding wand, battle it out with your fellow campers, and search for cryptid creatures! The options are endless in this wonderous, mysterious, magical week of camp!

NOMINATE CAMPERS HERE – COMING SOON

HANTESA OVERNIGHT CAMP



GRADES

Entering Grades 1 – 12

PRICING

Starting at $620 per session – see tiered pricing options below.

LOCATION

Camp Hantesa
1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

TIERED PRICING

Camp Fire recognizes that families have differing abilities to pay and has introduced a voluntary tiered pricing program for overnight camp to enable all families the opportunity for a quality camp experience for their children. This program is voluntary, confidential, requires no paperwork, and in no way influences the experience your child receives. Simply choose the rate that works best with your family budget.

  • Tier A: $620.00
    • Tier A is our historically standard program rate. This price is subsidized to a greater extent, supported through contributions from alumni, sponsorships, and grants.
  • Tier B: $680.00
    • Tier B is a partially subsidized rate that reflects the direct costs of camp, including food, housing, staff, and materials.
  • Tier C: $710.00
    • Tier C most closely reflects the “true cost” of camp, including maintenance, insurance, administration, and utilities as well as direct costs like staffing and program supplies. Choosing Tier C helps support the cost of camperships so no child is unable to attend due to their family’s financial circumstances.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Overnight is a magical experience and often a highlight of our campers’ year! Spend the week making friends, trying new things, and enjoying traditional outdoor pursuits! Campers make their own schedule, choosing from an exciting roster of activities offered that week, such as archery, outdoor living, arts and crafts, nature, and sports and games. All activities are facilitated by our trained, compassionate staff. Every evening is tied together with a group activity and counselor-led reflection. Fun, friendship, and personal growth await your camper this summer at Camp Hantesa!


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Camp Hantesa

1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

Drop-Off

Sunday
2:00 – 4:00 PM

Pick-Up

Saturday
10:00 AM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2023 DATES & THEMES

June 4 – 10

Optional Overnights, $95.00 each:
June 10 – 11

Howdy Hantesa!

We’re kicking off the summer by going to the wild wild west. Enjoy a week full of traditional camp activities with a good ol’ country twist thrown in to say “Howdy“ to summer!

June 11 – 17

Optional Overnights, $95.00 each:
June 17-18

True ColOURS

This week we’re highlighting all the things that make you, YOU! Show off your skills in the all camp talent show! Work together with your cabin mates to decorate your bunks to show off your personalities! Wear your true colours with PRIDE as we embrace our differences and celebrate as a camp community!

June 20 – 24

*No camp held June 18 or 19 . Cost is prorated to the following prices per tier:
Tier A: $520
Tier B: $580
Tier C: $610
Drop-Off will be on Tuesday, June 20th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Total Drama Hantesa

Don’t miss the Total Drama ACTION as cabins compete head to head through wacky challenges, celebrations of teamwork, and camp spirit. Can your cabin survive the total drama challenges? Gear up and get ready for the total drama game of a lifetime!

July 9 – 15

Optional Overnights, $95.00 each:
July 15-16

Around the World

Learn about different cultures and different worlds this week! Find out about the wonderful places our counselors are from and be transported to outer space as you learn about the universe! All leading up to our annual International Food Festival during lunch on Friday.

July 16 – 22

Optional Overnights, $95.00 each:
July 22-23

Summer Camp Cup

It’s Green versus Blue in this week-long competition! Whether you’re a dancer, a dodgeball star, or obsessed with trivia, there’s a battle for you! Outwit, outplay, and outperform the other team to be crowned the winners of 2023 Summer Camp Cup!

July 23 – 29

Optional Overnights, $95.00 each:
July 29-30

Anything Goes

This week, we’re tossing out the rule book! Each day, new wonderful surprise await. Do something wonderfully wacky on Crazy Hair Day! Try your best at guessing which counselors swapped identities on Twin Day! We can’t wait to see what fun we can have when ANYTHING GOES.

July 30 – August 5

Optional Overnights, $95.00 each:
August 5-6

Destination: Imagination

We’re getting lost in our minds this week as we cultivate our artistic talents! Can you create a masterpiece using only materials from nature? Paint a landscape while blindfolded? The options are endless as we test the limits of our imaginations!

August 6 – 12

Woha

“We welcome you to Hantesa, we’re mighty glad you’re here!“ WoHa Week features long time Hantesa traditions, some dating back to our founding in 1919! Hear camp stories, sing traditional camp songs, participate in a wide variety of camp crafts, old and new. Come learn our traditions and make memories of your own!

REGISTER HERE

TEEN PROGRAMS



GRADES

Outpost Camp: Entering Grades 8 – 12
Leadership Challenge (LC): Entering Grades 9 & 10
Apprentice Program: Ages Entering Grades 11 & 12

PRICING

Outpost Camp: $715 per session
Leadership Challenge (LC): $715 per session
Apprentice Program: Participants Accepted by Application Only

LOCATION

Camp Hantesa
1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Camp Fire’s overnight Teen Programs provide opportunities for teens to develop their leadership and outdoor living skills through longer overnight sessions and more challenging activities. Detailed descriptions of each program are provided below.


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP


Camp Hantesa

1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

Drop-Off

Sunday
2:00 – 4:00 PM

Pick-Up

Saturday
10:00 AM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2023 DATES

August 6 – 19

Optional Overnights, $95.00 each:
August 12-13
Entering Grades 8 – 12

Outpost Camp

Outpost Camp is a two-week overnight program designed to help teens develop the skills needed for outdoor pursuits! The first week includes trip planning, preparation, and training for the second week, a week-long canoeing trip! Learn how to travel waterways by boat with your friends and spend the evenings cooking over the campfire, telling stories, and making memories. Adventure awaits at Outpost Camp!

July 9 – 22

Optional Overnights, $95.00 each:
July 15-16
Entering Grades 9 & 10

Leadership Challenge (LC)

The LC program perfectly blends traditional summer camp fun with new challenges and experiences for our 9th and 10th grade campers. During this two-week overnight camp session, teens begin to develop themselves as leaders by participating in team challenges and service-learning projects, studying leadership styles, and interacting as role models with younger campers.

June 4 – July 1

Optional Overnights, $95.00 each:
Session 1:
June 10-11
June 17-18
Entering Grades 11 & 12

Apprentice Program – Second Year Session

The Apprentice program at Camp Hantesa is a service-oriented, four-week program that prepares high school students for leadership roles at camp and in life. Typical apprenticeships are two summers in length and include training in leadership, communication, childcare, and program delivery. Apprentices learn through formal and hands-on experiences, with our trained counselors acting as mentors. Apprentices also take a week-long canoe outpost trip and will be eligible for hire after completing their second year requirements.

July 16 – August 12

Optional Overnights, $95.00 each:
July 22-23
July 29-30
August 5-6
Entering Grades 11 & 12

Apprentice Program – First Year Session

The Apprentice program at Camp Hantesa is a service-oriented, four-week program that prepares high school students for leadership roles at camp and in life. Typical apprenticeships are two summers in length and include training in leadership, communication, childcare, and program delivery. Apprentices learn through formal and hands-on experiences, with our trained counselors acting as mentors. Apprentices also take a week-long canoe outpost trip and will be eligible for hire after completing their second year requirements.

REGISTER HERE

Big KYDs Camp



AGES

Ages 18+

PRICING

$500 per camper

LOCATION

Camp Hantesa
1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Big KYDs Camp is held annually during WoHa week and is a long-standing tradition at Camp Hantesa for campers 18 and older that want to Keep Young Dreams! During the week, Big KYDs participate in a variety of fun camp activities and share their own camp stories, songs, and traditions with younger campers. Help us continue the tradition of camping this summer, remember the times you’ve had here, and make some new memories!

***All Big KYDs participants must consent to a background check completed by Camp Fire in order to attend.


CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT


Camp Hantesa

1450 Oriole Road
Boone, IA 50036

Check-In

Sunday, August 6
2:00 – 4:00 PM

Check-Out

Saturday, August 12
10:00 AM

RESOURCES & FORMS



2023 DATES & THEMES

August 6 – August 12

WoHa

“We welcome you to Hantesa, we’re mighty glad you’re here!“ WoHa Week features long time Hantesa traditions, some dating back to our founding in 1919! Hear camp stories, sing traditional camp songs, participate in a wide variety of camp crafts, old and new. Come learn our traditions and make memories of your own!

REGISTER HERE

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