Camps & Scouts

Des Moines Social Club Summer Camps

Date
Jun. 1
Location
Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Event For
all students
Cost
Varies per camp
Organization
Des Moines Social Club
Contact
Monica De Melo Dreasher
Phone
515-369-3672
Information
Ensure a fun summer! Des Moines Social Club is offering a variety of arts-related summer camps, including: Cooking for Kids, Baking for Kids, Young Writers, Teen Theatre Intensive, Cirque du Social Club, Build a Band, Young Artists Studio, and Intro. to Theatre.

Youth Sailing Summer Camp

Date
Jun. 1 - 11:30 am
Location
Gray's Lake
Event For
ages 8-15
Organization
Saylorville Yacht Club Sailing School
Contact
Mary Jean Annexstad
Phone
515-480-3314
Information
Learn to sail in a fun and safe environment with certified U.S. Sailing Instructors.

Covenant Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School

Date
Jun. 3 - 6:00 pm
Location
1025 28th St., West Des Moines, IA 50266
Event For
elementary students
Cost
Free
Organization
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Contact
Laura Schieber
Phone
515-865-7419
Information
Vacation Bible School at Covenant Presbyterian Church

Vacation Bible School at Faith Lutheran Church

Date
Jun. 10 - 5:30 pm
Location
10395 University Avenue, Clive
Event For
grades PK-5 (in fall 2018)
Cost
Free
Organization
Faith Lutheran Church - Children & Family Ministry
Contact
Andrea Stone
Phone
515-225-8334
Information
Vacation Bible School at Faith Lutheran Church will be held Sunday, June 10, through Thursday June 14, from 5:30-8 p.m. each evening. VBS is open to all children in our community entering preschool (age 4) through fifth grade in the fall. Learn more at bit.ly/FaithVBS2018.

2018 Tiger Girls’ High School Basketball Camp

Date
Jun. 11 - 8:00 am
Location
Valley High School Field House
Event For
grades 9-12
Cost
$100 ($175 per family)
Organization
Valley Tiger Girls' Basketball
Contact
Coach Joe Sigrist
Information
Tiger Girls' High School Basketball Camp will help players fine-tune skills that allow them to grow as players throughout the summer and prepare them for the basketball season. Each day will consist of different drills: offensive, defensive, and strength training. It is imperative that participants attend as many of the camp periods as possible.

University of Iowa Wildlife Camps

Date
Jun. 22
Location
Walnut Woods State Park
Event For
Grades 3-7
Cost
$150
Organization
University of Iowa Wildlife Camps
Contact
Kelly Teeselink
Phone
319-384-3625
Information
University of Iowa Wildlife Camps is coming to Walnut Woods State Park this summer! Wildlife Camps will offer a mixture of conservation education and adventure recreation. Our activities will include studying wildlife, exploring ecosystems, learning park history, and recreational activities.

Tallgrass Theatre Company Creative Drama Workshop

Date
Jul. 7 - 9:00 am
Location
Valley Junction Activity Center, 217 5th St., West Des Moines
Event For
ages 5-8
Cost
$35
Organization
Tallgrass Theatre Company
Contact
Jessie Phillips
Phone
515-249-7558
Information
Building Blocks half-day workshop is perfect for younger kids who love to express themselves and perform! Kids will play a variety of movement, improvisation, and other games, led by experienced drama instructors. Parents are invited to the last half-hour to watch.

Tallgrass Theatre Company Acting Workshop

Date
Jul. 7 - 1:00 pm
Location
Valley Junction Activity Center - 217 5th St. WDM
Event For
ages 9-16
Cost
$35
Organization
Tallgrass Theatre Company
Contact
Jessie Phillips
Phone
515-249-7558
Information
Kids will work on individual and/or group scenes with the guidance of experienced actors/educators. They'll hone their acting skills and learn how actors in a play work together with the rest of the team. Parents invited to watch the last half hour.

SummerSongs! Summer Camp

Date
Jul. 13
Location
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
Event For
Grades 4-8
Cost
$300
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Come spend a week with Heartland Youth Choir and experience full choir rehearsals, musicianship training, musical theater, movement activities, and daily excursions. See flyer for more information!

SummerTunes! Choir Camp

Date
Jul. 13
Location
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
Event For
Grades K-3
Cost
$110
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Join Heartland Youth Choir for a week of fun experiencing full choir rehearsal, musicianship training, folk games, and movement activities. See flyer for more information!

Future CEO Camps

Date
Jul. 13 - 8:30 am
Location
Iowa Center for Higher Education
Event For
Grades 5-9
Cost
$250
Organization
Jacobson Institute
Contact
Jacobson Institute
Phone
319-335-2204
Information
Upper elementary and middle school students are invited to participate in the Jacobson Institute's entrepreneurship day camps, held each summer in Iowa. Register by March 21, 2018, for the early bird discount.

West Des Moines United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School

Date
Jul. 15 - 6:00 pm
Location
West Des Moines United Methodist Church, Eighth and Grand, West Des Moines, IA
Event For
Grades PK-4
Cost
$15
Organization
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
Contact
Kristen Kouba
Phone
515-225-4399
Information
Vacation Bible school is five evenings of fun and fellowship learning about God. Kids will sing, dance, listen to Bible stories, do science experiments and crafts, have recreation time and snacks. Volunteers are also welcome, and we participate in Silver Cord.

Valley Girls Summer Soccer Camp

Date
Jul. 16 - 8:00 am
Location
Valley Stadium
Event For
Girls Soccer, Grades K-12
Cost
$65-85 (varies by age)
Organization
Valley Girls Soccer
Contact
Rob Chapman
Phone
515-577-6399
Information
This camp will focus on the basics and foundations of the game. The camp experience will benefit both beginning and seasoned players. Coaches will touch on the physical, technical, tactical, and physiological aspects of the game. Campers will have a balance of games, drills, and fun.

Des Moines Performing Arts Broadway Intensive

Date
Jul. 16 - 9:00 am
Location
Downtown Location; TBA
Event For
Grades 9-entering college (fall 2018)
Cost
$495
Organization
Des Moines Performing Arts
Contact
Lynnae Lathrop
Phone
515-246-2360
Information
Broadway comes to Iowa at the BROADWAY SUMMER INTENSIVE. Spend six days working with Broadway performers on the triple-threat skills of singing, dancing, and acting with a final showcase of your work for family and friends at the end of the week.

Windsor Heights Lutheran Church VBS Daycamp 2018

Date
Jul. 26 - 9:00 am
Location
1240 66th St., Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324
Event For
grades PK-6
Cost
FREE
Organization
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
Contact
Zach Meyer
Phone
515-277-6277
Information
Join us from July 23-26, as we bring the fun of daycamp to your neighborhood! All are welcome to join us for games, music, Bible study, and more! Our theme is "This Changes Everything," where we will learn about God's amazing grace and its impact in our lives!

Des Moines Performing Arts Musical Theatre Camp

Date
Aug. 3 - 9:00 am
Location
Temple for the Performing Arts, 1011 Locust St., Des Moines
Event For
Grades 3-8 (fall 2018)
Cost
$280; additional child $225
Organization
Des Moines Performing Arts
Contact
Lynnae Lathrop
Phone
515-246-2360
Information
Heroes may come to the rescue; villains may wreak havoc; but in this play, it's the sidekicks who save the day! Join us for a week of Musical Theater Camp , where we play theater games, sing, and dance, and make new friends, all while putting on a show.

2018 Tiger Girls’ Youth Basketball Camp

Date
Aug. 6 - 8:00 am
Location
Valley Southwoods Gym
Event For
grades 3-8
Cost
$85 ($135 for family of two, $160 for family of three)
Organization
Valley Tiger Girls' Basketball
Contact
Joe Sigrist
Information
Future Tiger Basketball camp will provide a fun atmosphere for campers to learn the fundamentals of basketball. They will receive instruction from Valley High School coaches and players on offensive and defensive drills with an emphasis on improving individual skills. Campers will participate in games, drills, and friendly competitions throughout the week. Recognition and prizes will be awarded for skill level, hard work, and improvement. All campers will be placed into groups according to their age and ability.

Living History Farms Day Camps

Date
Aug. 10
Location
Living History Farms
Event For
Grades K-8
Cost
varies by camp
Organization
Living History Farms
Contact
Christa Kirsh-Paulson
Phone
515-278-5286
Information
Living History Farms, offering summer day camps for children focusing on history, science, outdoors, and fun; allowing campers to fill their days with hands-on activities, a creek walk, and visits to Living History Farms’ historic sites.

YMCA Summer Day Camps and Sports Clinics

Date
Aug. 17
Location
West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Event For
Grades PK-6
Organization
Walnut Creek Family YMCA
Contact
Joanna Gilmore
Phone
515-224-1888
Information
Registration has begun for 2018 summer day camp, specialty camps, and sports clinics. For more information, go online to view our complete camp guide.

Camp Fire Summer Camps

Date
Aug. 17
Location
Camp Hantesa in Boone, IA, and various day camp locations in Des Moines, IA
Event For
Grades 1-8
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Arika Graybill
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Camp Fire offers day camps, overnight camps, environment education, and short-term trip programs. At camp, youth from different backgrounds develop important skills, such as self-reliance and problem-solving, while interacting with natural surroundings and enjoying fun activities!

Des Moines Community Playhouse Summer Theatre Camps

Date
Aug. 17
Location
4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Event For
grades K-12 (fall 2018)
Cost
Variable
Organization
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact
Robin Spahr
Phone
515-974-5365
Information
The Des Moines Community Playhouse offers summer day camps for students entering grades K-12. A variety of camps are available.

Valley Tigers Boys Summer Soccer Camp

Date
Jul. 9 - 9:00 am
Location
Valley Stadium
Event For
Grades 1-12
Cost
$90/session
Organization
Valley Tiger Boys' Soccer
Contact
Aziz Haffar
Phone
515-975-2727
Information
This camp will focus on the basics and foundations of the game. The camp experience will benefit both beginning and seasoned players. Coaches will touch on the physical, technical, tactical and physiologi- cal aspects of the game. Campers will have a balance of games, drills, and fun.