Welcome to the WDMCS Virtual Backpack!

The West Des Moines Community Schools and our community partners are happy to welcome you to our Virtual Backpack! In our Virtual Backpack, you will find information about activities from the WDMCS, WDMCS Community Education, district- or school-affiliated groups, and nonprofit community organizations. Please enjoy exploring these district and community opportunities for learning, enrichment, engagement, and fun!

The flyers and events presented here are not school publications, nor are they in any way endorsed or sponsored by any school district. The Virtual Backpack is being provided only to inform WDMCS students, families, and staff of other available community activities and opportunities.

Stilwell Junior High Football Camp

Date
August 19 - 3:30 p.m.
Location
Stilwell Junior High
Event For
8th Grade
Cost
$50
Organization
Stilwell Junior High Football
Contact
Rhys Pate
Information
Get a head start on the 2019 season by attending the 2019 Stilwell Football Camp! This four-day clinic will focus on the fundamentals of football and feature a bevy of fun activities.

Valley Tiger Select Boys’ Basketball Tryouts

Date
August 5 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
Valley Fieldhouse
Event For
8th Grade
Cost
Free Tryouts
Organization
Valley Boys' Basketball
Contact
B.J. Windhorst
Phone
515-633-4010
Information
Incoming eighth-graders who are serious about basketball can try out for the Valley Tiger Select boys' basketball team. When: August 5-6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Where: Valley High School—Fieldhouse Cost: Free Tryout What: Two teams of 10-12 kids chosen will practice two times during the week starting in late October through early February. During that time, teams will also play about eight competitive tournaments on weekends. This runs adjacent to the school program so kids WILL NOT have to choose which team they play for, they can do both. In January and February, the Tiger Select teams will practice once a week outside of daily school basketball practices. This is not an AAU program — this is a true Valley High School feeder program. The selected players begin learning the Valley system and language that is used in the high school program through the practices. Please note that not everyone who tries out will be chosen.

Prep Nation Basketball Tryouts

Date
August 24 (all day)
Location
Valley Community Center
Event For
grades 3-8
Cost
$5
Organization
Prep Nation
Contact
Bryan
Phone
515-520-5220
Information
AAU basketball tryouts

WHLC 2019 VBS Daycamp: Who Is My Neighbor?

Date
July 25 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church - 1240 66th Street, Windsor Heights IA, 50324
Event For
grades PK-6 (fall 2019)
Cost
Free
Organization
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
Contact
Zach Meyer, Director of Y&F Ministry
Phone
515-277-6277
Information
WHLC's 2019 VBS explores how we love and serve our neighbors! Join us as we explore this through games, music, crafts, and more!

Valley Tigers Boys’ Basketball Grades 6-8 Summer Camp

Date
July 29 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Fieldhouse
Event For
Grades 6-8
Cost
$85
Organization
Valley Boys' Basketball
Contact
B.J. Windhorst
Information
Learn the new “Valley Way” of basketball in a fun and positive environment, which emphasizes fundamentals, teamwork, and individual improvement! Camp runs July 29-Aug. 1.

Gary Swenson Tiger Football Camp—High School

Date
July 29 - 11:30 a.m.
Location
Valley Field
Event For
Grades 9-12
Cost
$90
Organization
Valley High School Football
Contact
Brad Rose
Information
This is a non-contact skills camp that teaches the fundamentals of football. This camp is July 29-August 1 from 4-6 p.m. at Valley Field.

Tiger Junior Football

Date
August 1 (all day)
Event For
grades 3-7
Cost
$255
Organization
Tiger Junior Football
Contact
Casey Sciorrotta
Phone
515-205-5194
Information
Tiger Junior Football is a developmental league designed to teach our West Des Moines youth the fundamentals and fun of football, while promoting character, fair play and respect for the game.

Des Moines Swimming Federation

Date
August 1 (all day)
Location
Valley High School
Event For
Elementary, middle school students
Organization
Des Moines Swimming Federation
Contact
Amber Siever
Phone
515-418-0911
Information
Jump into competitive swimming with DMSF. Training groups available for ages 6 and up. Learn freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Make great friends as you learn to swim fast. Practices held at Valley High School, West Des Moines

Des Moines Performing Arts Summer Camps

Date
August 2 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Des Moines Civic Center
Event For
entering grades 3-12 or entering college in fall 2019
Cost
$250-495
Organization
Des Moines Performing Arts
Contact
Lynnae Lathrop, Education Program Coordinator – Camps
Phone
515-246-2360
Information
Young people will sharpen their skills, stretch their imaginations, and create unique memories through a variety of Des Moines Performing Arts education opportunities with theater professionals as the instructors.

Back-to-School Health Fair

Date
August 3 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
2190 NW 82nd St., Suite A, Clive
Organization
Clive Community Services
Contact
Stephanie Horak
Phone
515-257-8550
Information
Clive Community Services Back-to-School Health Fair provides school and sport physicals, vision and dental screenings, immunizations, haircuts, and school forms assistance.

Valley Tiger Select Boys’ Basketball Tryouts

Date
August 5 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
Valley Fieldhouse
Event For
8th Grade
Cost
Free Tryouts
Organization
Valley Boys' Basketball
Contact
B.J. Windhorst
Phone
515-633-4010
Information
Incoming eighth-graders who are serious about basketball can try out for the Valley Tiger Select boys' basketball team. When: August 5-6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Where: Valley High School—Fieldhouse Cost: Free Tryout What: Two teams of 10-12 kids chosen will practice two times during the week starting in late October through early February. During that time, teams will also play about eight competitive tournaments on weekends. This runs adjacent to the school program so kids WILL NOT have to choose which team they play for, they can do both. In January and February, the Tiger Select teams will practice once a week outside of daily school basketball practices. This is not an AAU program — this is a true Valley High School feeder program. The selected players begin learning the Valley system and language that is used in the high school program through the practices. Please note that not everyone who tries out will be chosen.

Courage League Sports 2019 Summer Camp

Date
August 9 (all day)
Location
JC Park Shelter, West Des Moines
Cost
$30 per session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Over the course of the summer, CLS will offer a wide variety of summer camp opportunities for kids of all ages!

CASA Volunteer Opportunity

Date
August 14 (all day)
Location
Polk County
Organization
Iowa Child Advocacy Board-CASA
Contact
Carrie Phelps
Phone
866-469-2522
Information
The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Polk County is in desperate need of advocates for children in juvenile court. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of abused or neglected children under the court’s jurisdiction.

Des Moines Community Playhouse Summer Theatre Camps

Date
August 16 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
grades K-12 (fall 2019)
Organization
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact
Robin Heldt Spahr
Phone
515-974-5365
Information
The Playhouse offers a full schedule of camps, offering a wide variety of theatre experiences for students entering grades K-12. Whether it's creative drama, devised theatre, or Performance Academy, we have something for students of all levels of experience.

Des Moines Art Center Programming

Date
August 16 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Art Center 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines IA 50312
Event For
all ages
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Contact
Mia Farrell
Phone
515-271-0316
Information
Summer will be here before you know if. Don’t settle for anything less than amazing. Enroll the entire family in summer classes at the Art Center. Check out our #entirelyunexpected course offerings!

Summer Art Explorers (AUGUST 2019)

Date
August 16 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
grades K-5
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Contact
Kara Fedje
Phone
515-271-0349
Information
Summer Art Explorers is a great way for kids to build their visual literacy and cultural proficiency by participating in a tour of the Des Moines Art Center and creating a related art project. Sign up for a variety of two-hour learning programs at the Art Center.

Living History Farms Summer Day Camp

Date
August 16 (all day)
Location
Living History Farms
Event For
grades K-8
Cost
$260
Organization
Living History Farms
Contact
Abby Hoffman-Carlson
Phone
515-278-5286
Information
Kids connect to history, science, and nature through fun and engaging outdoor experiences, hands-on activities, games, crafts, and visits to Living History Farms’ historic sites. The fun and learning never stops at Living History Farms’ Summer Day Camp!

Camp Fire Summer Camps!

Date
August 17 (all day)
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Marilyn Bagley
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Camp Fire offers day camps, overnight camps, environmental education, and short-term outdoor programs that include day trips. At camp, youth from different backgrounds develop important skills, such as self-reliance and problem-solving, while interacting with friends and nature.

Indian Hills Junior High Football Camp

Date
August 19 - 3:30 p.m.
Location
Indian Hills Junior High
Event For
8th Grade
Cost
$50
Organization
Indian Hills Junior High
Contact
Aaron Allspach
Information
The camp is designed to introduce and reinforce the fundamentals. This will be a fast-paced, fun camp where the players will not only work on individual skills for specific positions, but will also be in small groups for instructions and full teams to provide game-like situations.

Indian Hills Junior High Volleyball Camp

Date
August 19 - 3:30 p.m.
Location
Indian Hills Junior High
Event For
8th Grade
Cost
$50
Organization
Indian Hills Junior High
Contact
Steve Pond
Information
The camp is designed to introduce and reinforce the fundamentals. This will be a fast-paced, fun camp where the players will not only work on underhand passing, setting, and serving, but will also be in small groups and full teams to provide game-like situations.

Stilwell Junior High Volleyball Camp

Date
August 19 - 3:30 p.m.
Location
Stilwell Junior High
Event For
Grade 8
Cost
$50
Organization
Stilwell Junior High Volleyball
Contact
Rochelle Svestka
Information
Get a head start on the 2019 season by attending the 2019 Stilwell Volleyball Camp! This clinic will focus on the fundamentals and feature a bevy of fun activities. This camp is not mandatory, but is a great opportunity for players to meet the coaches and experience Stilwell Volleyball before the season starts.

Stilwell Junior High Football Camp

Date
August 19 - 3:30 p.m.
Location
Stilwell Junior High
Event For
8th Grade
Cost
$50
Organization
Stilwell Junior High Football
Contact
Rhys Pate
Information
Get a head start on the 2019 season by attending the 2019 Stilwell Football Camp! This four-day clinic will focus on the fundamentals of football and feature a bevy of fun activities.

Prep Nation Basketball Tryouts

Date
August 24 (all day)
Location
Valley Community Center
Event For
grades 3-8
Cost
$5
Organization
Prep Nation
Contact
Bryan
Phone
515-520-5220
Information
AAU basketball tryouts

Des Moines Mini Maker Faire

Date
September 2 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309
Event For
All ages
Cost
$13 for adults, $8 for children & seniors, free for members!
Organization
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact
Anna Rhodes
Phone
515-274-6868
Information
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects and more.

West Des Moines Girls Softball Fall Rec League

Date
September 27 (all day)
Location
Holiday Park
Event For
Girls Pre-K thru 4th Grade
Organization
West Des Moines Girls Softball
Contact
Holly Buchholz
Phone
515-971-1362
Information
Fall recreation softball league for girls entering Pre-K through 4th Grade. Practices will start August 5th. Games will be on weeknights and will start mid- to late August through the end of September. Early bird registration discount through June 15th.

Living History Farms Summer Barnyard Readers

Date
October 12 - 10:30 a.m.
Location
Living History Farms
Event For
ages 3-5
Cost
$22
Organization
Living History Farms
Contact
Abby Hoffman-Carlson
Phone
515-278-5286
Information
Together with your 3-, 4-, or 5-year-old, listen to a story or two about a farm animal and participate in a special activity in the Visitor Center. Then, take a ride on our tractor-drawn cart out to the farm to see the animal of the day, and take a look around the barnyard!

$5 Family Night at Science Center

Date
December 13 - 5:00 p.m.
Location
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309
Event For
all ages
Cost
$5/person
Organization
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact
Hannah Little
Phone
515-274-6868
Information
The second Friday of each month from 5-8 p.m., explore SCI with your family. Admission is just $5 per person! No need to grab dinner first... our Food Chain Cafe is open until 7:30 p.m.