Camp Fire Central Oregon | Light the Fire Within

Youth thrive here

The Camp Fire Experience Find a Program

Camp Fire Central Oregon has been an innovative leader in youth development since 1916.

Kids & teens learn how to succeed NOW, through:

Thrive{ology}

Discover sparks, gain self-confidence, and learn life-changing life skills to thrive now. Thrive{ology} is our research-based program framework founded on the pillars of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and it works.

Inclusion & Diversity

Any kid or teen, from any kind of family, from any walk of life, is welcome at Camp Fire. We have an official Inclusion Policy and are outspoken about our long-time commitment to diversity.

Trained, Caring Staff

Supportive mentors and adult champions are key. We call our highly trained staff  “Spark Champions,” because they are experts at what they do and know how to guide youth on their journey to thriving.

“Camp Fire gave me the self-confidence to not limit myself and to be adventurous!”

I made life long friends through Camp Fire and so many memories were made. I was in contact with people from many different walks of life. I think that influenced me later when I moved from place to place in accepting different ways of life and opinions. When I moved to New York at age 15, I was able to be part of a Camp Fire group and it was a wonderful gift! I was with girls that had the same values and interests in a new community where I was an “outsider – but not for long; those were the girls that I remained friends with for many years. By earning beads in many different areas, I think it helped give me the self-confidence to not limit myself to just familiar things, and to be adventurous.

Teddi Wengert, Camp Fire Alum 1950-1959, Lake City, Florida

1916

The Legacy

2018

The Camp Fire logos over the years

Measuring Impact

1,588

registrations for our programs so far this year.

82

% of youth said adults in Camp Fire help them solve problems instead of telling them what to do.

83

% of youth said adults in Camp Fire encourage them to explore the things they are interested in.

94

% of youth feel happy, heard, and supported in Camp Fire.

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Your Child’s Work Future & the Urgency of Social-Emotional Learning

You know Camp Fire’s mission is to help kids and teens find their sparks right now. But we also know that giving youth the tools to thrive today means they’ll keep on thriving tomorrow. So, we want to take a quick… Read More >

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An Interview with McKenzie Napier, National YAC Chair and Camp Fire CO Alum!

What is it really like serving on YAC? We asked McKenzie Napier, current YAC chair (and Camp Fire Central Oregon alum!) who was more than happy to let us inside the YAC experience. HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT YAC? I… Read More >

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We need YOU on the Youth Advisory Cabinet!

Camp Fire doesn’t just serve young people, it’s led by them. The National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC) is a group of passionate high school and college students who help Camp Fire thrive. Youth advisors come from all over the country and contribute… Read More >

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10 Reasons Camp Fire Stands Out From the Crowd

CAMP FIRE GREEN COUNTRY, TULSA, OK We get a lot of comparisons to other pro-kid nonprofits, and we applaud the hard work our peer organizations do. But today, we want to tell you why Camp Fire is different, and what… Read More >

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Growth Mindset: Your Key to Thriving

TEENS EMBODY A GROWTH MINDSET ON THE HIGH ROPES COURSE AT CAMP FIRE COLUMBIA’S CAMP NAMANU, OUTSIDE OF PORTLAND, OREGON, IN AUGUST 2017 Do you believe people can change? Do you think we can grow? Do you consider things like… Read More >

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Sparks help kids thrive!

If you’ve been around Camp Fire for half a minute, you’ve heard about sparks. And you know we’re not just talking about fire-building skills. We’re talking about life-building passions that put kids on the path to truly thriving. Sparks are talents, interests, commitments… Read More >

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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