The Best Summer Camps Around Des Moines

Before you know it, summer will be here and you know what that means; tons of fun in the sun, swimming, BBQ’s and summer break for the kiddos.

One of the best ways to keep your kids’ minds and bodies busy during their summer vacation is to enroll them in a summer camp. Summer camp is where they will make new friends, learn new skills, and make memories that will last them a lifetime.

Lucky for you, we have some truly terrific summer camps here in Iowa! Here are some favorites among parents and kids alike.

Pilgrim Heights

Pilgrim Heights is the epitome of the classic summer camp. Situated on 120 pristine acres, this camp which has been enriching the summers of children for 60 years is considered a true hidden gem. One of the things that many families love the most about Pilgrim Heights is their family options. The Grandparents and Me camp is particularly popular because it allows for bonding over meaningful experiences and activities including a scavenger hunt, time on the lake, and campfire stories and songs.

Simpson College Music & Theater Camps

For those kids that possess a passion for the arts, I suggest you look into the various camps that are offered at Simpson College. Not only are there camps to help your budding musicians hone their skills, but there’s also the opportunity for to enroll in the theater camp. The theater camp delivers a comprehensive experience covering vocal performance, stage direction, acting, and technical theater instruction. Any child with a desire to perform will be thrilled to attend any one of these camps.

Camp Wapsie YMCA Camp

Few organizations can operate a children’s camp like the YMCA. Since 1918, Camp Wapsie has been instilling core values like respect, caring, responsibility, and honesty into each and every camper. Their popular and adventurous Ranger Camp, geared towards 8-11 graders, empowers campers with survival skills like teamwork, wilderness training, and horseback riding. These valuable skills combined with all of the classic fun elements of a summer camp are what have made Camp Wapsie a treasured tradition for Des Moines families.

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I can’t believe it’s almost June! Who’s ready to swim in a lake, grill a juicy burger, and enjoy those beautiful Iowa summer nights? I know I am… just make sure to stay focused!

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