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We want all kids to be able to experience the goodness of getting outdoors


The Camp Fire National Friendship Fund is a financial and community resource assistance program that fills in funding gaps throughout the national Camp Fire network, extends existing scholarship programs, and supports projects that remove barriers to accessibility.


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As families and organizations continue to face economic uncertainty, the Friendship Fund can help us deliver on our vision of a world where all kids get an equitable chance to discover themselves, connect with their community and engage with nature.   

Can you help us break down barriers to life-changing outdoor experiences?

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Continuing a beloved Camp Fire tradition.


Our modern-day Friendship Fund has an historical precedent as Camp Fire’s emergency relief source in the 1950s through 1970s. Central to Camp Fire’s efforts to help the Prince William Sound area recover after the devastating Alaskan earthquake of 1964, the fund enabled delivery of supplies, a day camp in Seward, and camperships for Alaskan Native young women. 

The new version of the fund re-launched in 2022 with $20,000 given by a seed donor. All Camp Fire’s affiliate camps had access to the first round of funding and could request up to $5,000.


Here are some of the projects the Friendship Fund supported in 2022: 


  • Covering Camp Fire Samish tuition for families with limited incomes
  • Buying outdoor gear (hiking boots, sleeping bags, water bottles, jackets, etc.) for campers with financial need at Camp Fire Snohomish
  • Installing automatic door-openers at Camp Fire Minnesota’s dining hall and community center to boost accessibility
  • Buying swim shirts for Camp Fire Heart of Iowa campers and staff, as part of a new gender-inclusive & gender-neutral swim dress-code policy
  • Upgrading water systems and bathrooms at Camp Fire Inland Northwest
  • Supporting a new Leader-in-Training program for Indigenous youth at Camp Fire Alaska that provided free camp tuition, stipends and workforce skills training
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Our Promise

Young people want to shape the world.

Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.

In Camp Fire, it begins now.

Light the fire within