Typical Week-Long Camper Day

8:00 – Breakfast
9-11:45 – Journey or Activity Time
11:45 – All Camp Songs and Games
12:00 – Lunch
1-2:00 – Bible Study
2:15-3:45 – Swimming Time
3:45 – Showers
4:30 – Camp Ground Activities
5:30 – Supper
7:00 – Nightly Large Group Activity

  • Sunday – quick welcome worship
  • Monday – large group games and stargazing
  • Tuesday – outpost worship w/staff testimony
  • Wednesday – small group family night
  • Thursday – contemporary worship w/drama
  • Friday – morning Easter Service

9:30 – Campfire & Evening Devotions (may be earlier for young campers)
9:45 – Lights Out (May be earlier for young campers)

2020 Spring, Summer and Fall Events

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Exceptional Persons

Join The Adventure!

Full Week | $490
Half Week | $270
Ages 18+ | 10:30-11AM

Please note for the safety and health of EP Campers and staff, campers will need to be able to walk 100 feet at a time over uneven terrain, climb/descend 1 flight of stairs, and use shower facilities without hands on assistance. Questions regarding requirements can be directed to Wesley Woods staff. Our adult friends with physical needs are encouraged to join us for one of our Exceptional Person (EP) Camps. EP campers will swim in the pool, participate in large group worship and daily Bible study, make crafts, and spend time in the Equestrian Center meeting our horses, Campers will be paired with other campers and a buddy/assistant to ensure they have the best experience possible! The week of June 29 will have a special Independence Day theme, so bring your favorite red, white and blue attire!

7303 Exceptional Person Camp 1 | June 15-19
73021 E. Person Camp (Half Week)| June 17-19
7304 Exceptional Person Camp 3 | June 29-July 3

Half Week | $490
Time | 10:30-11AM

This camp was created for our EP campers that are looking for an added challenge during their camping experience. Safety is our number one priority at Wesley Woods, so campers registering for this camp will require a doctor’s signature stating that they are able to safely participate in the planned activities. For the safety and health of EP campers and staff, campers will need to be able to walk 200 feet at a time over uneven terrain – including hills and dirt trails, easily climb /descend 1 flight of stairs, and use rustic shower facilities without assistance. Questions regarding requirements can be directed to Wesley Woods staff. This camp was designed with the goal of helping our EP campers to gain self-confidence by successfully overcoming obstacles not normally faced in our everyday lives. All activities will be adapted for safety and for participants to feel successful. Adventure activities include rock climbing wall, canoeing, hiking, archery, and swimming in the pond. Campers will also tie dye, play games, and participate in Bible Study and large group worship.

7303 Exceptional Person HA Cam | June 22-26


Inpost Full Week

Join The Adventure!

Ages 9-17 | 4:30-5:00pm-5:00pm

Ready for an Inpost camp adventure you’ll never forget? Join us for a week of swimming, canoeing, low challenge course, journeys, Bible study, and worship. We’ll spend time at the barn with the horse and visit the animals at the farm. A great stand-alone experience, or add an Upgrade for additional fun!

Parents and guardian, please note that as you register we do our best to create camp groups of similar ages – if your camper is coming with a friend, please be sure to note that as you register! However we cannot guarantee that bunkmates with an age gap of more than 3 years will be placed together.

7401 Summer Adventure 1         June 7-12

74011 SA 1 + Let’s Ride               June 7-12

74012 SA 1 + Art in the Woods   June 7-12

74013 SA1 + Campfire Cooking   June 7-12

7403 Summer Adventure 2     June 21-26

74031 SA2 + Let’s Ride             June 21-26

74032 SA2 + Splash Zone           June 21-26

7404 Summer Adventure 3           June 28-July 3

74041 SA3 + Let’s Ride               June 28-July 3

74042 SA3+Splash Zone             June 28-July 3

7405 Summer Adventure 4            July 5-10

74051 SA4+Let’s Ride                     July 5-10

74052 SA4+Art in the Woods       July 5-10

7407 Summer Adventure 5           July 19-24

74071 SA5+Let’s Ride                  July 19-24

74072 SA5+Splash Zone              July 19-24

74073 SA5+Campfire Cooking     July 19-24

7408 Summer Adventure 6         July 26-31

74081 SA6+ Let’s Ride                 July 26-31

7409 Summer Adventure 7          August 2-7

74091 SA7+Let’s Ride                 August 2-7

74092 SA7+Splash Zone               August 2-7

74093 SA7+Campfire Cooking*     August 2-7


Wesley Woods is excited to once again offer our Summer Adventure upgrades. You can start and end with our Summer Adventure Camp – or you can choose an Upgrade adventure. Upgrades add a fun specialized twist to an already great camp experience. Campers that have chosen an upgrade will spend part of each day with others who haves also chosen that upgrade, enjoying selected activities. The shown upgrade fee will be combined with the Summer Adventure fee – example Summer Adventure 7 + Splash Zone is $485 ($450+$35 for the Upgrade). Have questions about our upgrade system? Please let us know how we can help by calling the site at 515-961-4523


Let’s create natural dyes, dig our own clay, and be inspired by the beauty of nature! This week we’ll spend time gathering materials from “The Woods” to create beautiful camp creations to take home, as well as a project to share with others during large group worship. (Available Summer Adventure 1,4)

LET’S RIDE | $50

This upgrade is a great opportunity for campers that are just a little horse crazy! Let’s Ride campers will have an arena lesson and trail ride, while getting to participate in many of our other fun camp activities. (Available Summer Adventures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)


Ready for a week of water adventures? You’ll enjoy daily swims in the pool or pond along with night swims in the pool, creek stomping, and a trip to stand up paddleboard or kayak on Lake Ahquabi. A great option for hot Iowa summers. (Available Summer Adventures 2, 3, 5, 7)


Aspiring chefs? This option has all the ingredients to stir up the tastiest upgrade yet! From bacon sizzling over the fire o a cool morning to an iron chef cook off – this upgrade is sure to make even the craziest cooking shows look tame. Campers will learn campfire safety, and cook one breakfast, lunch and dinner over the fire over the course of the week, as well as compete in an iron chef competition against another camp! (Available Summer Adventures 1, 5, 7)

Inpost Half Week

Ages 6-9 | 5:30pm-5:00pm

Join us for a half-week filled with fun camp activities! Swim in the pool, go creek stomping, make s’mores, participate in daily Bible Study, enjoy an arena ride at the barn, and so much more! Half the week, but definitely not half the fun! Mini Summer Adventure campers will stay inpost in air conditioned lodging.

72031 Mini Summer Adventure 1 | June 21-23
72032 Mini Summer Adventure 2 | June 24-26
7207 Mini Summer Adventure 3 | July 19-21
72091 Mini Summer Adventure 4 | August 2-4

72092 Mini Summer Adventure 5 | August 5-7

Day Camp

Ages 4-6 | 9:00am-5:00pm

Ready for your first camp experience? Come join us for a fun day of swimming, Bible stories, and s’mores. Campers will get to meet the farm animals, do a craft, and explore Wesley Woods! A great introduction to summer camp for our youngest friends! Family and Bring a Friend Discounts do not apply.

7004 My First Camp Adventure 1 July 3
7007 My First Camp Adventure 2 July 24



Join The Fun!

Ages 9-17 | 4/4:30 -0-5:00pm

The classic Outpost experience! Cook breakfast and supper over a fire, enjoy lunch in the dining hall, sleep in one of our many outpost sites, swim in the pond and pool, go creek stomping, tackle the climbing wall, visit the equestrian center, canoe, and explore your faith with large group worship and daily Bible Studies.

7701 Great Outpost Adventure 1 | June 7-12
7703 Great Outpost Adventure 2 | June 21-26
7704 Great Outpost Adventure 3 | June 28 – July 3
7705 Great Outpost Adventure 4 | July 5-10
7706 Great Outpost Adventure 5 | July 12-17

7708 Great Outpost Adventure 6 | July 26-31

7709 Great Outpost Adventure 7 | August 2-7

Ages 13-17 | 4/4:30-5:00pm-5:00pm

Join us for a week you’ll never forget. We’re opening registration to allow more campers than ever for this one-time flipped schedule event. Campers will explore Wesley Woods at night and experience a new meaning of community with unique chapels under the stars – created just for this group of teens. Night activities will include: night swims in the pool, glow challenge on the rock wall, fishing, large group games, and much more!   Night Owl Campers will enjoy meals both over a fire and in the dining hall, but will have Outpost accommodations.

7717 Night Owls 7 | July 19-24

Outpost Half-Week

Ages 6-9 | 4:00pm-5:00pm

A full outpost experience created with our young friends in mind. Campers will learn about cooking over a fire, sleep in the tipis, yurts, or farm barn, and enjoy other aspects of our outpost camping experience. Mini Outpost Adventure campers will also swim in the pool, participate in Bible Studies, go creek stomping, go on a pony ride, and much more.

7501 Mini Outpost Adventure 1 June 10-12
75061 Mini Outpost Adventure 2 July 12-14
75062 Mini Outpost Adventure 3 July 15-17


Ages 6-9 | 4:00pm-5:00pm

Lil’ donkey, lil’ horse, lil’ friends! Campers will stay in the farm barn or tipis and hang out with our miniature donkey & horses, bunnies, sheep and Scottish Highland Cows. We’ll learn about bees and taste local Wesley Woods honey, go on a pony ride, and swim in the pool! Campers will also participate in Bible studies tailored to their age group.

75151 Lil’ Friends on the Farm 1   July 5-7

75152 Lil’ Friends on the Farm 2   July 8-10


Your week will be filled, growing faith filled friendships with horses and humans!  You will spend time learning new skills while building great foundations in faith and Christian fellowship.

Ages 9-13 | 4/4:30-5:00pm-5:00pm

If you love horses, this horse camp is for you! Spend part of every day at the barn with the horses! Horse lovers just starting out on their horse journey, as well as those who have participated in multiple horse camps or occasional trail rides will build a solid foundation of horse skills.   Campers will learn horse care and handling and develop safe ground and relational riding skills while growing in partnership with horses.   We will work on a balanced set and transitions with lots of games. The focus will be on developing safe, savvy habits while helping campers progress through the CHA level 1 skills.

79011 Horse Camp 1 (Inpost)           June 7-12

79012 Horse Camp 2 (Outpost)     June 14-19

79013 Horse Camp 3 (Outpost)     June 21-26

79014 Horse Camp 4 (Outpost)   June 28-July 3

79015 Horse Camp 5 (Inpost)   July 5-10

79016 Horse Camp 6 (Outpost) July 12-17

79017 Horse Camp 7 (Outpost) July 19-24

79018 Horse Camp 8 (Outpsot) July 26-31

79019 Horse Camp 9 (Inpost) August 2-7

Ages 12-16 | 4/4:30-5:00pm-5:00pm

Intermediate riders are those who have participated in several horse camps and riding lessons and will be finishing their CHA level 1 skills. Some may be starting their CHA level 2 skills.   Campers will spend part of each day in the barn learning and growing with their equine partners. Enjoy time in the saddle, advancing your go and whoa, rein positions, leg aids, and seat positions. There will be a time for arena lessons, obstacle courses, and trail time.

79021 I. Horse Camp 1 (InPost)     June 7-12

79022 I.Horse Camp 2 (Outpost) June 14-19

79023 I. Horse Camp 3 (Outpost) June 21-26

79024 I. Horse Camp 4 (Outpost) June 28-July 3

79025 I. Horse Camp 5 (Inpost) July 5-10

79026 I. Horse Camp 6 (Outpost) July 12-17

79027 I. Horse Camp 7 (Outpost) July 19-24

79028 I. Horse Camp 8 ( Outpost)       July 26-31

79029 I. Horse Camp 0 (Inpost)       August 2-7

Ages 13-17| 4/4:30-5:00pm-5:00pm

This camp experience is tailored for those with a
serious interest in completing their CHA Level 2
and those looking forward to becoming Junior Horse
Staff! By practicing advanced level skills, campers
will learn to set goals and create plans to achieve
them through self-assessment checklists and
session planning. Riders will begin to develop focus,
feel, and timing in their rein, leg, and seat positions.
Campers will step up to more advanced obstacles
and perfecting each step along the way with their
equine partner.

79034 A. Horse Camp 1 (Outpost)   June 28-July 3

79035 A. Horse Camp 2 (Outpost) July 5-10

79036 A. Horse Camp 3 (Outpost) July 12-17

79038 A. Horse Camp 4 (Inpost)   July 26-31

Leadership Training

Your week will be filled, growing faith filled friendships with horses and humans!  You will spend time learning new skills while building great foundations in faith and Christian fellowship.

$20 Application Fee
Ages 16-17

Love Wesley Woods and want to make a difference in the lives of campers? Join us in making 2020 the best summer it can be! Junior Staff will work in the kitchen, help with maintenance projects, lead games and crafts as part of the ministry team or be a leader in a cabin group. Junior Staff wanting to be part of the Equestrian Team should indicate so on applications. All those applying for Junior Staff will need to provide references and be available for an in-person or phone interview. Applications are available in January. Please call us at 515-961-4523 for more information.

Ages 14-15 | 4:30-5:00pm

Join us for our second summer of this unique program. Youth in the Leaders-in-Training program will spend two consecutive weeks at Wesley Woods learning about different styles of leadership and leaders in the Bible, helping with service projects, and enjoying many other camp activities – such as our high ropes course, swimming, and canoeing. An opportunity that you don’t want to miss – space is limited, so sign up soon!

Affiliate Camps

Ages 5-12 | Pick Up & Drop Off Info. included in registration info.

Children of clergy and delegates attending the IAUMC Annual Conference are invited to join us for a weekend of camp fun! Campers will spend time in the pool, go creek stomping, enjoy Bible Study around the campfire, make s’more, and more!

7600 AC Day Camo     June 5-7

Ages 8-17| 3:00pm-5:30pm

A camp for youth that have a family member
currently or formerly incarcerated. This is a fantastic
three-day camp experience, during which campers
will get to enjoy the low ropes course, rock wall,
canoe, go for a horse ride, and so much more.
Campers will have the opportunity to learn more
about themselves and their faith through daily Bible
Study times! This camp is generously supported
by the Iowa U.M. Church, The Board of Church and
Society, and many other individuals and churches
across Iowa!

76021 Camp Hope (ages 8-12)     June 14-16

76022 Camp Hope Teens (ages 13-17)   June 14-16

All Confirmands| 4:30-5:00pm-5:00pm

A chance for confirmands to step outside their comfort
zone and experience God in new ways. Wesley Woods
will once again be teaming up with U.M. Pastors to
ensure this confirmation experience meets the spiritual
needs of campers! Confirmands will get to swim in
the pond and pool, take a horse ride, tackle the rock
wall, and enjoy many other activities that Wesley
Woods has to offer. Enjoy meals in the dining hall and
air-conditioned lodging.

7602 Confirmation Camp     June 14-19

Ages 9-17 | 5/5:30pm

A great camp experience for those involved with
MUMMs ministry. Campers will experience God’s love
through swimming, canoeing, a horse ride, climbing
the rock wall, hiking, journeys, large group worship, and
daily Bible studies! A fun week campers won’t forget!

7608 Joy Camp     July 26-31