Camps & Scouts

Hope Troupe Audition

Date
May 21 - 4:00 p.m.
Location
4801 Franklin Ave., Beaverdale, IA
Event For
grades 8-12
Cost
Free
Organization
Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre
Contact
David VanCleave
Information
HOPE! is a child abuse prevention peer education program. Each year, students conduct research, learn from professionals, write an original script, and perform across central Iowa educating audiences on the types of abuse and their impact.

Valley High School Girls’ Basketball Summer Camp

Date
June 1 (all day)
Location
Valley Fieldhouse
Event For
Grades 9-12
Cost
$100
Organization
Valley Girls' Basketball
Contact
Joe Sigrist
Information
This camp ensures prospective Valley High School players are fine-tuning skills that will allow them to grow as players and prepare them for the basketball season. Team camp is 8-10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June. Attendees can also go to the Creighton Camp on June 21-23 and the Simpson Camp on June 25.

Des Moines Social Club Summer Camp

Date
June 3 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Social Club
Event For
grades K-8
Cost
$175-280
Organization
Des Moines Social Club
Contact
Monica Dreasher
Phone
515-369-3672
Information
We’re always coming up with new things at DMSC! Join us this summer for some old favorites and new experiences for either a full-day or half-day weekly summer camp. Once you’ve registered, please complete a 2019 Summer Camp Registration Packet and email it to monica@desmoinessocialcamp.org

Menace Camps

Date
June 3 (all day)
Location
Menace Practice Fields - West end of SE 11th St, Grimes
Event For
ages 3-14
Cost
$49-150
Organization
Des Moines Menace
Contact
Evan Janssen
Phone
515-457-6367
Information
This is a fun, fast-paced environment for kids who are interested in learning how to play soccer in a safe environment.

Valley Wrestling Summer Camp

Date
June 3 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Valley High School wrestling room
Event For
Grades 2-12
Cost
$55
Organization
Valley Wrestling
Contact
Travis Young
Information
This camp will introduce a series of techniques that when followed will allow a wrestler great opportunity to succeed. Techniques that will be covered include: stance, motion, penetration, singles, doubles, fireman’s carries, rides, reversals, and pinning combinations. Other facets of wrestling that will be discussed include: weight lifting, conditioning, and live wrestling.

Faith Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School

Date
June 9 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
Faith Lutheran Church, 10395 University Ave., Clive, IA
Event For
grades PK-5
Cost
Free
Organization
Faith Lutheran Church
Contact
Erika Weber, Andrea Stone
Phone
515-225-8334
Information
Vacation Bible School 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church will be held Sunday, June 9, through Thursday June 13, from 5:30-8 p.m. each evening. This is a free event, open to all children in our community. Please invite friends, neighbors, and grandchildren.

Valley Girls’ Basketball Youth Summer Camps

Date
June 10 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Southwoods
Event For
Grades 3-8
Cost
$85
Organization
Valley Girls' Basketball
Contact
Joe Sigrist
Information
Future Tiger basketball camps will provide a fun atmosphere for campers to learn the fundamentals of basketball. Campers will participate in games, drills, and friendly competitions throughout the week

Discoveries Summer Program

Date
June 10 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Iowa State University
Event For
grades 7-8 (fall 2019)
Cost
$450
Organization
Admissions Early Outreach
Contact
Chelsea Pilipiszyn
Phone
515-294-1772
Information
An exciting program designed with the needs of seventh- and eighth-graders in mind, students enroll in a course that is four full days of non-residential programming allowing them to dive deeper into their subject material. Campers in this program eat lunch on campus in a dining center with our team.

Puffs Summer Workshops

Date
June 10 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
4801 Franklin Ave., Beaverdale, IA
Event For
ages 13-20
Cost
Flexible
Organization
Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre
Contact
David VanCleave
Information
Learn the ins and outs of theater design and acting, learning leadership positions as well as how to communicated with not only people your own age but younger and older.

Gary Swenson Tiger Football Camp—Elementary and Junior High

Date
June 10 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Field
Event For
Grades 4-8
Cost
$90
Organization
Valley High School Football
Contact
Brad Rose
Information
This is a non-contact skills camp that teaches the fundamentals of football. The camp is June 10-13 from 10 a.m. to noon at Tiger Field.

Drake Football Camps

Date
June 10 - 1:30 p.m.
Location
Drake Stadium
Event For
Grades 7-12
Cost
$145 (before June 1); $165 (after June 1)
Organization
239-839-5378
Contact
Joshua D. Nash
Phone
239-839-5378
Information
Our goal is to have a lot of fun while teaching the fundamental skills at multiple positions and playing games. Our staff and players are high energy and we have a blast.

2019 Valley Volleyball Summer Camps

Date
June 17 (all day)
Location
Valley Fieldhouse
Event For
Grades 3-12
Cost
$90-$150
Organization
Valley Volleyball
Contact
Brad Rose
Information
A series of skills and competition camps hosted by the Valley High School volleyball program.

Adventures Summer Program

Date
June 17 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Iowa State University
Event For
grades 3-6 (fall 2019)
Cost
$200/course
Organization
Admissions Early Outreach
Contact
Chelsea Pilipiszyn
Phone
515-295-1772
Information
Students in Adventures have the opportunity to learn about exciting subject areas in a fun-filled environment. The Adventures program for rising third- through sixth-grade students consists of half-day (non-residential) classes giving students an opportunity to take one to four classes during the two weeks.

2019 Valley Tigers Boys’ Soccer Camp

Date
June 17 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Tiger Field
Event For
Ages 6-16
Cost
Ages 6-8: $75; Ages 9-16: $90
Organization
Valley High School Boys' Soccer
Contact
Brad Rose
Information
The camp will focus on the basics and foundations of the game. SESSION 1: June 17-21 SESSION 2: July 8-12 TIMES: Ages 6-8 at 9-10:30 a.m.; Ages 9-16 at 9 a.m. to noon.

Valley Tigers Boys’ Basketball Youth Summer Camp

Date
June 17 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Fieldhouse
Event For
Grades 2-5
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 June 17-20.

Middle School Cyclones Camp

Date
June 17 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Bergstrom Football Complex
Event For
grades 6-8
Cost
$100
Organization
Iowa State University Football
Contact
Kyle Highland
Phone
918-430-4710
Information
This camp is geared toward football players of all skill levels looking to enhance and sharpen their football skills.

Tiger Tough Strength and Conditioning Camp—Summer 2019

Date
June 17 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Valley High School
Event For
Grades 7-8
Cost
$60
Organization
Indian Hills and Stilwell junior highs
Contact
Zac Sinram
Phone
515-633-4703
Information
Tiger Tough Strength and Conditioning Summer Camp for lasts June 17-July 25. The camp is offering two sessions—Mondays and Wednesdays and Tuesdays and Thursdays—and meets 10-11 a.m. in Valley High School's weight room and Tiger Field. This strength and conditioning camp focuses on age-appropriate exercises.

Little Cyclones Camp

Date
June 19 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Bergstrom Football Complex
Event For
grades 1-5
Cost
$100
Organization
Iowa State University Football
Contact
Kyle Highland
Phone
918-430-4710
Information
This camp is designed for youngsters to middle school aged players to have fun while learning the fundamentals of football.

Valley Boys’ Tennis Summer Camp

Date
June 24 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Southwoods Tennis Courts
Event For
Grades PK-8
Cost
Below 1st Grade: $30; Grades 1-4: $60; Grades 5-8: $90
Organization
Valley Boys' Tennis
Contact
T.J. Cox
Information
This camp focuses on the basics of tennis, stroke technique, scoring, and fun!

Explorations Summer Program

Date
July 7 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Iowa State University
Event For
grades 9-11 (fall 2019)
Cost
$1,500
Organization
Admissions Early Outreach
Contact
Chelsea Pilipiszyn
Phone
515-294-1772
Information
Rising ninth- through 11th-grade students are invited to take advantage of the in-depth and exciting programming through a week-long Explorations program. Students have the opportunity to stay in a residence hall on Iowa State’s campus while spending their days in an engaging academic course.

Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp

Date
July 8 (all day)
Location
Grand View University
Event For
Rising Junior or Senior High School Students
Cost
$100.00
Organization
Grand View University
Contact
Ola Kelly
Phone
704-715-9062
Information
This five-day hands-on learning program will be developed and taught by experienced instructors from the Wells Fargo technical community. The program will provide a one-week introduction to: programming in Python, data exploration and visualization, and statistical modeling and machine learning.

Drake University Volleyball Camps

Date
July 8 (all day)
Location
Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
Event For
K-12
Cost
Each Different
Organization
Drake University Volleyball
Contact
Katie Walker
Phone
253-486-4358
Information
Camp Dates: Middle School: July 8-11 Elementary School: July 8-11 High School: July 12-14 Advanced Middle School: July 15-18 Boys Volleyball: July 15-18 Elementary School Camp | July 15th-18th Hitter/Setter/Libero Clinic | July 19th ** Camps

SummerSongs! Choir Camp

Date
July 12 (all day)
Location
Grand View University
Event For
grades 4-8
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 7-12, 2019. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

SummerTunes! Choir Camp

Date
July 12 (all day)
Location
Grand View University
Event For
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 8-12, 2019. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

Valley Girls’ Soccer Summer Camp

Date
July 15 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Tiger Field
Event For
Grades K-12
Cost
K-5; $65; 6-12: $85
Organization
Valley Girls' Soccer
Contact
Rob Chapman
Information
This camp focuses on the technical, tactical, cognitive, and physical abilities in the game of soccer. Campers will have a balance of games, drills, and fun.

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 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.

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!

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.

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.

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!