Jun 3, 2024 - News

Des Moines summer camp has a 600-kid wait

A photo of a group of children.

Des Moines' summer camp program includes field trips to places like Principal Park. Photo: Courtesy of the city of DSM

A free summer camp operated through the city of Des Moines starts today with a waitlist of nearly 600 kids, city spokesperson Debbie McClung tells Axios.

Catch up fast: The program is a public-private partnership with donors and nonprofit groups that began in Evelyn K. Davis Park more than a decade ago.

Zoom in: Sites are selected based largely on community need, include lunch and offer about seven daily hours of weekday activities.

Flashback: Almost 370 kids participated last year.

The latest: This year's program offers a June and July session with room for a total of 500 children.

  • Capacity was booked weeks ago.
A photo of children painting rocks.
Crafts, sports, swim lessons and nature-based programs are among the camp activities. Photo: Courtesy of the city of DSM

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