Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement Camp Fire is committed to providing an inclusive digital experience to all visitors of our website. We want everyone who visits the Camp Fire website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding. This commitment to accessibility for all begins with this site and our efforts to ensure all functionality and all content […]

DEI & Thriving

WHERE ALL YOUTH CAN belong & thrive CAMP FIRE’S DEFINITION OF THRIVING Connection When young people are thriving, they are connected to others, to nature, and to themselves with a loving awareness of their identities, dreams, passions, and needs. Whole self They are invited to imagine their whole selves and to learn, grow, and achieve […]

Ways to give

Give to Camp Fire We believe all young people should have the chance to belong, connect with nature, and learn critical life skills. Thank you for joining us in this life-changing work and investing in youth! Here are 7 ways to express your generosity: Donor Advised Funds A growing trend in recent years, a donor-advised […]

Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions What age groups does Camp Fire serve? Camp Fire provides programs for children and teens, with an emphasis on youth between the ages of 5 and 17. Family engagement is embedded into many of these programs. How many youth benefit from Camp Fire? Every year Camp Fire directly engages more than 150,000 […]


CAMP FIRE CREATES powerful youth experiences WE CREATE SAFE SPACES WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE CAN HAVE FUN AND BE THEMSELVES. Through playful, inclusive, affordable, and powerful out-of-class experiences Camp Fire connects young people to the outdoors, to others, and to themselves. We provide young people with a space where they feel like they truly belong. Camp […]

How Election Season Impacts LGBTQ2S+ Youth

This election season, it’s hard to miss all the negative campaign ads, mudslinging and scare tactics on tv and online. Some people chock it up to “just politics,” but I know from my own experience as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, as well as working in youth development for nearly two decades, that politics have real consequences on the lives of young people…

You have to center joy: Understanding thriving with Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond

  We’ve been very lucky to partner with Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond, a leader in thriving research, as we re-envisioned Camp Fire’s definition of thriving. Dr. Darling-Hammond puts “overlooked and underserved” young people at the center of her work, an approach that both fits our values and helps us move further toward our goal of being […]

3 reasons we need afterschool programs NOW

Out-of-school-time programs really matter in the day-to-day lives of families and young people. They are also a core strategy in Camp Fire’s mission to connect young people to the outdoors, to others, and to themselves. We’ve written about our commitment to developing quality programs before, but we wanted to take some time to talk about […]

Camp Fire’s Boundary Breaking-History

  Written by: Ben Matthews, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access Specialist     In 1909, Charlotte Gulick held a small summer camp for her daughters, three of their close friends, and a young woman with disabilities. There was no way she could have known that that first camp would grow into a movement that would […]

Camp Fire National Headquarters Evaluation Manager Hannah Patterson Selected as National Afterschool Association (NAA) 2022 Next Gen Honoree

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 23, 2022 – The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the voice of the afterschool profession and lead organization for the advancement of afterschool professionals and leaders has selected Hannah Patterson, Evaluation Manager at Camp Fire National Headquarters as one of NAA’s 2022 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders.  In selecting its 2022 […]