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.

Vocal Workshop And Industry seminar with American Idol and Disney Coach Peisha McPhee

Date
July 16 (all day)
Location
Franklin Jr High School
Organization
Wagner Summer Theater
Contact
Lisa Wagner
Phone
773-263-2007
Information
DSM vocal students will have an opportunity to study with Hollywood's most sought after vocal coach, Peisha McPhee. Peisha will be traveling this summer to teach at world renowned broadway and music camps across the nation and is stopping in DSM to work with Wagner Summer Theater 6/28, 7/16, 7/17.

Des Moines Art Center Virtual Summer Camps

Date
August 21 (all day)
Location
Virtual
Cost
$50
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Contact
Studio Education
Phone
515-277-4405
Information
One-week and six-week virtual camps for youth ages 6–15 will begin ‪June 22‬ and run ‪through August 20. Virtual camps and material kits will provide students with tools and techniques that can be utilized for continued, independent learning all summer long.

Spanish Immersion Music Camp

Date
July 27 (all day)
Location
Franklin Jr High School
Event For
preschool- through age 10
Organization
Wagner Summer Theater
Contact
Lisa Wagner
Phone
773-263-2007
Information
Preschool & Elementary-aged language learners will spend the week singing, laughing, and creating silly stories with Señor M, all in Spanish. The emphasis of this Language Camp is on keeping Spanish flowing by making it comprehensible, compelling, and connected to the students’ everyday world.

SummerSongs Choir Camp

Date
July 10 - 8:15 a.m.
Location
Grand View University
Cost
$325
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Heartland Youth Choir is registering boys and girls in grades 4-8 for a week of music and fun in SummerSongs! Choir Camp July 6-10, 2020. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

SummerTunes Choir Camp

Date
July 10 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Grand View University
Event For
Current K-3rd Graders
Cost
$125
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Heartland Youth Choir is registering boys and girls in grades K-3 for a week of music and fun in SummerTunes! Choir Camp July 6-10, 2020. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

SummerTunes Choir Camp

Date
July 10 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Grand View University
Event For
Students in Grades K-3
Cost
$125
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Heartland Youth Choir is registering boys and girls in grades K-3 for a week of music and fun in SummerTunes! Choir Camp July 6-10, 2020. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

Courage League Sports – Sports Clinic Volunteers

Date
July 11 (all day)
Location
Urbandale Miracle League Field
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Kelsey Schroder
Phone
515-421-4021
Information
If you are motivated and willing to donate your time, we have opportunities for you! Volunteer with Courage League Sports and be a Teammate, Coach and Leader.

Vocal Workshop And Industry seminar with American Idol and Disney Coach Peisha McPhee

Date
July 16 (all day)
Location
Franklin Jr High School
Organization
Wagner Summer Theater
Contact
Lisa Wagner
Phone
773-263-2007
Information
DSM vocal students will have an opportunity to study with Hollywood's most sought after vocal coach, Peisha McPhee. Peisha will be traveling this summer to teach at world renowned broadway and music camps across the nation and is stopping in DSM to work with Wagner Summer Theater 6/28, 7/16, 7/17.

Spanish Immersion Music Camp

Date
July 27 (all day)
Location
Franklin Jr High School
Event For
preschool- through age 10
Organization
Wagner Summer Theater
Contact
Lisa Wagner
Phone
773-263-2007
Information
Preschool & Elementary-aged language learners will spend the week singing, laughing, and creating silly stories with Señor M, all in Spanish. The emphasis of this Language Camp is on keeping Spanish flowing by making it comprehensible, compelling, and connected to the students’ everyday world.

Summer Camps – Des Moines Performing Arts

Date
July 31 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Des Moines
Event For
3rd Grade -Entering College, based on fall 2020 enrollment
Organization
Des Moines Performing Arts
Contact
Lynnae Lathrop
Phone
515-246-2360
Information
o Des Moines Performing Arts presents five different summer camps for 2020, each designed to improve participants performance skills: Musical Theater Camp, Musical Theater Dance Intensive with WICKED, Broadway Intensive, Broadway Summer Academy, and Acting and Improvisation.

Valley Tiger Football Elementary & Junior High Camp

Date
August 3 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Tiger Field
Event For
Grades 4-8
Cost
$90
Organization
Valley Football
Contact
Gary Swenson
Information
This camp is a non-contact skills camp that teaches the fundamentals of football. It is open to any athlete in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 from any school district. This camp is Aug. 3-6

Valley Tiger Football High School Camp

Date
August 3 - 4:00 p.m.
Location
Tiger Field
Event For
Grades 9-12
Cost
$90
Organization
Valley Football
Contact
Gary Swenson
Information
This camp is a non-contact skills camp that teaches the fundamentals of football. It is open to any athlete in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Camp is Aug. 3-6.

Clive Baseball – Opportunity on Deck

Date
August 6 - 6:00 p.m.
Location
Linnan Park (8500 Alice Ave, Clive, IA 50325)
Event For
Girls & Boys going into 1st - 6th grade
Cost
FREE
Organization
Opportunity on Deck
Contact
Ariel Perry
Phone
641-414-6297
Information
Learn the fundamentals of Baseball with community role model volunteers this summer! If you’re looking to strengthen your skills or want to play for the first time – this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Summer Camps with Courage League Sports

Date
August 7 (all day)
Location
Various community buildings and parks
Event For
All Students
Cost
$30-$45 per session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4021
Information
Come out and joins us for a fun and energetic summer camp offering a variety of large movement activities and sports for toddlers to teenagers with special needs.

Living History Farms’ Summer Day Camp

Date
August 14 (all day)
Location
Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
Event For
grades k-8
Organization
Living History Farms
Contact
Kate Meyer
Phone
515-278-5286
Information
Kids connect to history, science, and nature through fun and engaging outdoor experiences, responsible use of resources (recycling), 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!

Des Moines Art Center Virtual Summer Camps

Date
August 21 (all day)
Location
Virtual
Cost
$50
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Contact
Studio Education
Phone
515-277-4405
Information
One-week and six-week virtual camps for youth ages 6–15 will begin ‪June 22‬ and run ‪through August 20. Virtual camps and material kits will provide students with tools and techniques that can be utilized for continued, independent learning all summer long.

Summer Camp – Opportunity on Deck

Date
August 21 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Linnan Park (8500 Alice Ave, Clive, IA 50325) and 713 8th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Event For
Girls & Boys going into 1st - 6th grade
Cost
FREE
Organization
Opportunity on Deck
Contact
Ariel Perry
Phone
641-414-6297
Information
Learn the fundamentals of several sports with community role model volunteers this summer! If you’re looking to strengthen your skills or want to play for the first time – this is the perfect opportunity for you.