Des Moines Y Camp annually provides opportunities for more than 17,000 kids to learn in natural settings.
Naturally, Y Camp programs deliver incredible experiences.
Des Moines Y Camp programs provide opportunities for more than 17,000 kids to experience, embrace and enjoy the great outdoors. Y Campers take full advantage of our picturesque 400-acre setting located in the Des Moines River Valley near Boone for summer camps, school outdoor education activities, leadership programs and group retreats.
With our doors open to all – regardless of economic means - kids from Iowa and throughout the country participate in Y Camp programs. Participants gain an appreciation for their natural surroundings and participate in outdoor activities that build healthy spirits, minds and bodies.
We see every interaction with young people in our community as an opportunity for learning and development. When they celebrate diversity and acknowledge similarities with each other, strong bonds are built. Since 1919, Y Camp programs offer fun and unique ways to focus on the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.