Powerful Programs

Camp Fire offers an exciting variety of programs across the country:

 


School-Year Programs

Schools across the country partner with Camp Fire when they want to offer strong, research-based programs. Schools choose Camp Fire because we are laser-focused on helping their students succeed, and are reputable partners so they can better serve their families and communities.

Afterschool

All of our programs allow for homework mentoring and tutoring, but also teach:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Health and Wellness
  • Digital Literacy
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Creative Arts
  • Community Service
  • Leadership Development

Every afterschool program is structured in collaboration with schools to ensure that we are supporting their goals and complementing the education that its students are getting during the school day.

Camp Fire’s highly trained, caring staff encourage every child or teen to manage their time in a way that aligns with their passions and talents. Our staff also gather youth input to incorporate in activities so they can better engage them each day.

Camp Fire Wise Kids® / Wise Kids Outdoors ®

Our health and wellness programs use the simple theory of “energy in = energy out” to teach kids of all ages how to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.

InterACTION

Good communication is hard to find but critical to anyone’s success. This program focuses on developing strong communication skills with peer groups and adults as well as learning healthy ways to resolve conflict.

Club Programs

Traditional club programs are offered by some Camp Fire councils and are what most of our alumnae from Camp Fire Girls remember fondly. Club pairs a trained, volunteer leader with a group of youth who work through a Camp Fire curriculum before or after school. Clubs typically go on field trips, undertake service projects, and do other activities to earn badges and learn life skills.

Teens make their way through a team-building obstacle course

Teen Service & Leadership

There’s almost nothing more inspiring than seeing young people who are ready to shape the world and make a difference—it’s this energy we love to harness through our teen service and leadership programs. We work to provide impactful community service opportunities and leadership programs that will help teens gain valuable experiences, develop important life skills, and become engaged citizens now.

Teens in Action

This program is youth-led and youth-driven! While guided by trained adults who act as mentors, the teens identify community needs, decide what issues they want to advocate for, and then take action on those issues to make an impact in their community. Everyone benefits and it’s a beautiful thing. Past Teens in Action groups have built new parks, rehabbed old parks, met with politicians, gotten involved in local elections, tutored, brought new resources to schools in need, and more. As teens see the results of their work, they become more motivated and thrive. This is why we do what we do.

Wohelo Awards

“Wohelo” stands for Work, Health, and Love—values that have been central to Camp Fire since we were founded in 1910.

The Wohelo Award is the highest achievement for youth in Camp Fire. This prestigious award is open to teens in grades 9 through 12 and offers opportunities for personal development, leadership, and advocacy.

The award is earned by completing an intensive and highly individualized project. Teens design their projects based on their interests, values, and goals. Completing the requirements to earn the Wohelo Award takes hard work, dedication, motivation, creativity, determination, and discipline.

Wohelo Award recipients tell us it is the most rewarding experience Camp Fire youth will ever have. And, it is an impressive and important addition to their job application, college application, interview, or resume, that demonstrates their perseverance, the ability to set and achieve meaningful goals, a strong work ethic, commitment to community service, and leadership.

The National YAC Commitment

We are the voice of Camp Fire.

We connect today’s youth with Camp Fire National Headquarters.

We are leaders, NOW.

We work to Light the Fire Within.

We are the National Youth Advisory Cabinet.

Benefits of Being a part of YAC
  • Mentorship relationships with members of the Camp Fire National Board of Trustees and National Headquarters    Staff
  • Work with other young leaders like yourself across the country who want to make a difference
  • Opportunity to provide input, share your ideas, provide leadership to a national youth-serving organization, and help others
  • Develop and/or deepen your leadership skills, professionalism, and business acumen
  • Excellent resume builder

National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC)

Mission: To create dialogue with National Headquarters by forming a relationship and finding a mode of communication. To use this dialogue to find meaningful opportunities for advising National HQ and promoting youth voice.

Vision: To be an advisory board to National Headquarters that helps Camp Fire thrive as an organization.

YAC ensures youth voice in Camp Fire’s Movement, from policy to decision making.

Members serve as a strong voice for kids and teens nationwide—whether or not they’ve ever been a part of Camp Fire.

YAC is selected annually through a competitive application and interview process. Teens who have been active in Camp Fire are strongly encouraged to apply. However, Camp Fire participation is not required.

We seek high school and college students (aged 16-21), anywhere in the U.S., who represent the broad spectrum of young people committed to community service and leadership.

What does the YAC do?

  • Forms one-on-one mentorship-like relationships with a member of the National Board of Trustees or National HQ Staff.
  • Advises National HQ on key decisions and proposes new initiatives by way of shared site between YAC, Board of Trustees, and National HQ Staff.
  • Reaches new youth and continues to engage current youth participants in Camp Fire.
  • Leads the youth track at Camp Fire’s National Leadership Conference, held every other year.
  • Represents Camp Fire nationally and locally at key conferences and special events.
  • Adopts service projects or other major initiatives that measurably advance YAC and Camp Fire.

Time commitment

Members spend approximately 1-4 hours per week contributing to the work of Camp Fire. This might include giving feedback to National HQ on key decisions and on one-on-one communication with individual mentors; engaging in small group calls within YAC; maintaining communication with any of the 54 Camp Fire councils nationwide; and other position-specific responsibilities, depending on the member’s role in YAC.

In order to serve on YAC, you must…

  • Have reached the age of 16 by the first day of term (January 1) and not attain age 21 in your first year of term.
  • Be active in your community through volunteering, community service, or a leadership position.
  • Be willing to make a two-year commitment.
  • Be open to the opinions and perspectives of others, and be willing to try new things.
  • Have a passion for bettering yourself, your community, the world in which we live.

 

 

 

Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

Our CIT program prepares youth aged 16 and older for leadership roles at our camps. These are significant personal and early professional development opportunities. Camp Fire CITs will get the most from their camp experience as they develop valuable career skills, such as:

  • Managing to Others’ Strengths
  • Teamwork
  • Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Crisis Management
  • Life, Social, and Emotional Skills for Success

 

Camp & Outdoor

We believe in the power of nature to awaken the senses and the desire to learn. Our camp and outdoor programs allow kids and teens to unplug from technology for a full week (or more!) and explore, grow, challenge themselves, make new friends, get out of their comfort zone, gain confidence, and make powerful memories that will have an impact on their lives.

Whether it’s overnight/resident camp, day camp, or environmental education, we teach critical life skills and offer activities like swimming, archery, hiking, canoeing, ropes courses, crafts, sports, theater, etc.

We encourage campers to make their own decisions, have fun, and seek adventure—with our highly trained, caring staff by their side every step of the way.

At Camp Fire, our camps welcome and support all youth. In addition, councils may also offer special interest camps:

  • Grief camps
  • Family camps
  • Special Needs camps
  • Camp for children with autism (K-12)
  • School-break camps
  • LGBTQ camps

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