Youth Groups & You: Camp Fire Heart of Iowa

Youth Groups & You: Camp Fire Heart of Iowa

The promise of Camp Fire is Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now. Light the fire within.  Camp Fire Heart of Iowa programs are open to all youth pre-K to 12th grade.  Programs include before and after school care, school year programs, summer programs/camps and special events that emphasize camping and other outdoor activities.


Camp Fire, established in 1910 was the first multi-cultural organization for girls in the U.S.  The organization expanded to include boys in 1975.  Camp Fire does not require a statement of faith and includes youth of all races, religions, socioeconomic status, disability, and sexual orientation.   Camp Fire’s programs help both girls and boys cultivate their unique talents and skills by offering a progression of programs designed to give youth more opportunities and responsibilities as they age.


Camp Fire offers so many programs that you may find it a bit overwhelming or confusing the first time you review what they have to offer.  Depending on where you live in the metro there may not be a program offered close to where you live.

Best For

The club is open to all types of boys and girls.  It is especially beneficial for kids who love the outdoors.  Just to name a few of the hundreds of activities you can do at Camp Fire this summer; paintball, canoeing, riflery, archery, horseback riding, rock climbing, camping outside, swimming, literacy programs, slip ‘n slide, all camp capture the flag, and much more!

Time Commitment

Hours vary by program.  Summer Day Camps are typically open 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and last one week.  Mini Overnight Camps last four days/three nights and Traditional Overnight Camps last seven days/six nights.


A list of supplies needed are provided by program at registration.


Day Camps start at $165.00/week and vary by location.  Overnight Camp starts at $220.00/week for a Mini Camp and can go up to $520.00/week for Traditional Camp.

Camp Fire of Iowa will not turn any child away due to inability to pay.  Financial assistance is available for those families who qualify.  An application can be found on their website.

Where to find Organizations

Campfire of Iowa’s website provides extensive information about the organization and its programs.

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa – Service Center
5615 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone: 515-274-1501

What do you think, is Camp Fire Heart of Iowa a fit for your kid?