Camp Fest 2019

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa’s Camp Fest allows families to experience camp for free!

Camp Hantesa is hosting an open house event Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Boone, Iowa. This gives families a chance to meet the staff and Camp Director Michael Johnson, tour the grounds and participate in fun camp activities. Camp Fest will also celebrate the Grand Reopening of Clayton Lodge, a project completed thanks to $208,500 in donations.

Camp Fest will celebrate the Grand Reopening of Clayton Lodge in Boone, Iowa.

Camp Fest offers families a great opportunity to check out the Camp Fire Iowa experience. Visitors can go swimming, try rock climbing and enjoy free food! This year’s event is special because of the newly renovated Clayton Lodge. Clayton Lodge is the heart of Camp Hantesa and holds important camp events like flag raising and meals.

The lodge has been under construction for months, and the camp is finally ready to reveal the facility’s new features. Donors like the Maytag Family Foundation, EMC Insurance, Prairie Meadows, Boone County Endowment, Margo and Don Blumenthal Fund and John and Rhonda O’Donnell all contributed to the transformation of Clayton Lodge. Updates include removed asbestos floor tile, replaced kitchen appliances and upgraded energy-efficient lighting and coolers.

The refurbished lodge is just one embodiment of the care Camp Hantesa has for its campers. Camp Hantesa has a lengthy history devoted to establishing a safe and nurturing environment for youth. These efforts are nationally recognized by the American Camp Association. As an ACA-accredited camp, Camp Hantesa has been professionally evaluated for commitment to safety and up-to-date camp operations. The ACA reviews characteristics like staff training and qualifications, camper-to-staff ratios and appropriate action in emergency situations.

This recognition supports Camp Hantesa’s dedication to the best camp practices, and the easiest way to see it in progress is by visiting the camp. Building a connection with camp will boost the comfort of both camper and parent. A quick trip to Camp Hantesa this Saturday will show why Camp Fire Iowa lights the fire within every camper.

More information is available on Camp Fire Iowa’s website.

Camp Fest will celebrate the Grand Reopening of Clayton Lodge in Boone, Iowa.

About Camp Fire Iowa

For more than 100 years, Camp Fire has been providing a nurturing, constructive and fun environment for young people to light the fire within–to discover who they are, become a strong leader and contribute to their community. Camp Fire brings participants into nature to learn, explore and grow together while developing a lifelong respect for the outdoors. In collaboration with highly trained, caring adults, Camp Fire offers a variety of programs including youth clubs, before and after school care, day camps, overnight camps, environmental education, and teen leadership opportunities. Youth from different backgrounds develop important skills, such as self-reliance and problem solving, while interacting with nature and enjoying fun activities, such as swimming, archery, hiking and so much more!


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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