Hantesa Day Camp

Hantesa Day Camp provides quality programming for campers entering grades 1-8. We provide transportation to Camp Hantesa from sites in Ames (Camp Canwita), Boone (McHose Park Shelter), Des Moines (Camp Fire Service Center), and Madrid (Edgewood Park). Each camper will be given two snacks and a hot lunch each day. Hantesa day campers also will receive swim lessons, utilizing the American Red Cross Learn to Swim program.


Hantesa day campers hard at play!
Miss Canny
Campers enjoying a beautiful summer day with a counselor.


Focusing on the slingshot target
Campers and counselors finishing lunch time with songs.


Pool time
Advanced swimmers receiving swim instruction to refine their strokes.



Blast from the past…

Feeling the Winter Blues?

Relive last summer with these photos! Join us again in 2013!

Archived Awesomeness: Summer 2012

Camp is quiet, the cool air is about us, and we miss the laughter and smiles of our summer campers. While fall is a wonderful season to be at camp, we also like to reminisce about the fun times we had this summer. Check out some of the photos below!

Super Hero Week!

Giving back to camp!
Making it around the bouldering hut!

Fun at Lake Day!
Nothing like striking a pose at drama!
Vagabond Candidates on the Medal Stand at Party Night

The Last Full Week of Hantesa Day Camp

Campers spend their last full week at Hantesa Day Camp before returning to school.

Part of our scavenger hunt this week includes respecting our environment by picking up litter around camp. Ms. Tiny’s group went above and beyond and collected a whole bunch of litter. They took this goofy picture by the smelly dumpster afterward!


Fourteen of our campers had the unique opportunity to see the president, Mr. Obama, speak in Boone on Monday evening. It was an exciting experience.

Clapping games


Sarge America