All three of our Iowa U.M. Camps are accredited through the American Camp Association. The ACA is a nationally-recognized accrediting body for camping programs and a leader in childhood development, education, and welfare. To earn ACA accreditation, our camps must comply with more than 300 health, safety, and program quality standards. Our camps are regularly reviewed by ACA professionals to ensure they continue to meet these high standards. Only one in every four camps across the nation seeks and earns this distinction. No accreditation process, licensing program, set of regulations, or laws can guarantee safety, but ACA accreditation is evidence that our camps are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for campers.

Campers are placed into their cabin groups based off the American Camp Association (ACA) staff to-camper ratio guidelines. Groups are determined by age and gender. Campers may also choose a bunkmate, but staff cannot guarantee placement unless the bunkmate request is listed on the registration form.

Each Iowa U.M. Camp has a Health Care Manager qualified to handle distribution of medication, health issues, and, if necessary, accidents. On check-in day medications and health forms are looked over by parents and the camp Health Care Manager to ensure all special needs are being properly addressed. For more information, contact the site your camper will be attending directly.

Summer Camp Packing List


What to bring:
Please be sure to label items

  • Needed medications in Original bottles
  • Sheets, blanket and pillow or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Toiletries and towel
  • Bible, pencil and notebook
  • Swimsuit, beach towel
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent (no aerosol)
  • Clothing for each day.
    • If your camper will be riding horses they will need long pants.
    • If your camper will be participating in Creek Stomping it is best to send old clothes and shoes for that purpose as we get wet and muddy while we’re having fun!
  • 2 pairs of close toed shoes and Flip Flops or Sandals
    • When packing shoes please know that close toe shoes are required for: Climbing wall, high ropes, low ropes, creek stomping and horses. Creek stomping shoes will get wet and muddy. Shoes with a heel are preferred for horse back riding.
  • Flip Flops or Sandals for shower and pool times.
  • Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Large bag for dirty laundry

Please Do Not Bring:

  • Cell phones
  • Money
  • Extra food/snacks/Pop
  • Ipods/computers/MP3 devices
  • Fireworks/lighters
  • Alcohol/drugs/tobacco

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us: 515-961-4523. If campers happen to bring any of these items staff will hold them until the end of the camping event.

We’re excited to see you at camp!