Middle School and Teen Programs


Learn. Laugh. Lead.

What inspires you? Camp Fire is committed to helping middle and high schoolers explore their world, the outdoors and themselves. Whether you're spending a week restoring local watersheds or tackling social issues with your peers, you'll build job, leadership, communication and life skills...all while having a blast!

Get ready to grow, discover your passions and purpose, and explore what really matters to you.  In Camp Fire, it begins NOW.

 

"Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better."
~ Albert Einstein

ADVENTURE

We're passionate about getting outside, connecting with our natural world and being good stewards to the environment. Oh, and of course, HAVING FUN!

"Whatever you are, be a good one."
~ Abraham Lincoln

LEADERSHIP

Year-round, we offer experiences and programs designed to give you skills for going to college, getting experience and building a resumé...all while building memories of a lifetime.

"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."
~ Howard Zinn

SERVICE

Many of our groups offer chances to help the environment and the community.

Make friends while helping others!

Registration now open for Middle School and Teen Summer Programs!

Below are current teen program opportunities.

(For more information, read the program descriptions that appear below this section.)

 

Ride On!

Ride, repair, and serve your community.  This 4-day service learning program is all about bikes!  

*You do not need to own a bicycle to participate.

* Includes Community Service

Cost: Sliding Scale: $235, $195, $155, or apply for scholarship

Ride On! Prineville: June 18-21st | Register here

Ride On! Bend: July 16 - 19 | Register here

 

River Adventure Week

Work hard, play hard on this 4-day program including a riparian restoration project and 2 days of rafting.  

*This program includes 2 overnights

* Includes Community Service

Cost: Sliding Scale: $400, $360, $320, or apply for scholarship

Bend: July 9-12 | Register here

 

Outdoor Cooking

Fun, friends and food! Join us for a 3-day overnight camping trip at the Prineville Reservoir.

* Includes Community Service

Cost: Sliding Scale: $285, $240, $210, or apply for scholarship

July 24-26, Pick ups in Bend, Redmond, and Prineville | Register here

 

Service Challenge

Spend the whole week in service to others on this 5 day Service Challenge.

* Includes Community Service

Cost: Sliding Scale: $175, $140, $115, or apply for scholarship

Bend: July 30- Aug 3 | Register here

 

Art in Nature

Go camping. Make art. Have fun on this 3-day overnight trip.

Cost: Sliding Scale: $285, $240, $210, or apply for scholarship

August 6-8, Pick ups in Bend, Redmond, and Prineville | Register here

 

Central Oregon Adventure Challenge

Enjoy a sampling of high adventure in the High Desert.  Go biking, hiking, and climbing with us!

Cost: Sliding Scale: $540, $480, $440, or apply for scholarship

Bend: August 13-16 | Register here

 

8th Grade Leadership Summit

Rule your school with the leadership skills you learn in this 3-day summit.

Cost: $25

Prineville: July 17-19 | Register here

 

9th Grade Kick Off

Become a fearless freshman with communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills to succeed in your first year of high school in this 3-day high school kick off.

Cost: $25

Prineville: July 17-19 | Register here

 

Tumalo Day Camp

Be a part of the tradition at this outdoor camp.  Special leadership roles and opportunities for 6th - 8th graders.  Learn More here.

Cost: $250

Tumalo Day Camp, June 25-29 | Register here

Tumalo Day Camp, August 20-24 | Register here

 

Counselor in Training

Gain job skills and experience while having fun at camp!  Explore various opportunities for youth 13-18 years old here.

* Includes Community Service

Cost: Tumalo Day Camp CIT: $125, SummerKids CIT: $55

Tumalo Day Camp CIT, June 25-29 | Register here

Tumalo Day Camp CIT, August 20-24 | Register here

SummerKids CIT | Register here

 

TEENS IN ACTION CLUBS - Give back. Have fun!

Service / Leadership

In Teens in Action, members will use their ideas and voices to shape the club's projects, aimed at making their community a better place. More than just a service club, Teens in Action is dedicated to teens exploring what matters to them, challenging themselves and taking on leadership roles to achieve their goals. This program is built on Camp Fire’s long-standing belief that youth are part of the solution to, and not the problem with, today’s social and environmental issues. The ultimate goal of the program is to bring together like-minded teens who want to become a positive force in their communities, and the world.

TIA will meet every other week at various locations, generally in the downtown area, through May. This club may also meet on other days, outside of regular meetings, as planned and set by the group.  

Meetings every other Sunday.

Cost: Sliding Scale: $125, $95, or apply for scholarship

 

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OUTING CLUB: Nature. Recreation. Exploration.


Outing Club

Nature / Recreation / Exploration

Outing Club is for adventurous youth who like to get outdoors, explore and have fun.  We will practice wilderness survival tips and outdoor skills, learn about and immerse ourselves in nature and discuss current topics that affect our local environment and recreation opportunities.  Members will work together to create and fundraise exciting day-long outings as well as environmental stewardship projects.  Studies have shown, that being outdoors promotes intellectual, physical and social development as well as an overall sense of well-being.  So, if you are interested in outdoor adventure, leadership, service and fun -this is the club for you!

Beginning 2/18 and running through May, Outing Club will meet every other Sunday from 3:00-4:30pm at various locations, generally in the downtown area.

This club may also meet on other days, outside of regular meetings, as planned and set by the group.  Outing Club and Teens in Action will alternate weeks, so students are welcome to join both!
(Significant discounts will be applied for youth who want to join both clubs.)

Cost: Sliding Scale, $125, $95, or apply for scholarship

SIGN UP FOR OUTING CLUB

OVERNIGHT RETREATS: Adventure. Leadership. Service.

Overnight Retreats

Leadership / Adventure

Join us for an overnight retreat focused on Leadership, Social Justice, Self Discovery and more. Our mini-intensive retreats are designed to be both fun and inspiring. Teens will have time to socialize with friends, participate in workshops and various activities, as well as share their voice and perspectives on topics that are meaningful to them.  While each retreat we offer has a different focus, these programs are generally focused on personal growth, creating an inclusive and equitable community, and developing leadership skills.  Topics can range throughout any of our core focus areas, including community service, the environment, creative arts, healthy living, preparing for the future, learning communication skills, and building social skills.  During these retreats, youth have the opportunity for self discovery, including their leadership goals, style, and focus.

Costs and opportunities vary.

Stay tuned for upcoming retreats!

TEEN SERVICE DAYS

Teen Service Days

Volunteer / Community Service

For youth 6th grade and above, this program is a series of stand alone service projects put on in partnership with other local organizations.  Participants will meet periodically to discuss opportunities for service with an intention to plan monthly projects spanning a wide range of activities.  Projects will be organized by participants and Camp Fire staff, with support from parents, and other volunteers.  Projects will typically be on weekends or no school days, but could also be scheduled for afternoons or evenings, and youth/parents will receive updates on opportunities as they arise.

Cost: Free!

Sign up for our email list: Contact Teen Program Staff

Adult Volunteers needed!  Please let us know if you would be interested in helping to coordinate and participate in these events so we can keep them free!

At Camp Fire, we believe teens don’t need to wait for the future to shape the world… it begins NOW.  Teen Service Days is a FREE opportunity for youth, grades 6 and above, to strengthen their community, connect with others, and transform lives!  

A growing body of research indicates that youth who volunteer THRIVE - They do better in school, show decreased rates of depression, and are less likely to engage in destructive behaviors. Youth themselves say volunteering helps them make friends and instills in them a better sense of compassion, citizenship, patience and purpose.

Teen Service Days will be offered at least once a month throughout the year.  Projects will be organized by Camp Fire staff, with support from parents, volunteers and other local organizations.  Projects will typically be on weekends or no school days, but could also be scheduled for afternoons or evenings.

COUNSELOR IN TRAINING PROGRAM: TUMALO DAY CAMP AND SUMMERKIDS

Do you like kids? Are you outgoing and energetic?

Do you take responsibility? Do you like being silly?

If you answered yes, you've got what it takes to become a CIT! It's a ton of fun AND an important commitment to make the camp experience awesome for our young campers as a role model and mentor

Learn leadership and teamwork skills, while having fun with your friends!

Be a CIT at Tumalo Day Camp or SummerKids. For youth 13-18 years old, Camp Fire offers two Counselor in Training programs to teach valuable skills and provide great experiences that you will be able to carry with you as you apply to be a Camp Counselor, look for jobs, or even apply to colleges.  It's never too early to start building your resumé!

To become a CIT, youth must complete the CIT Application Form.

SummerKids Day Camp CIT (Ages 13-18)

Location: Bear Creek Elementary School

A great experience for gaining skills all summer-long, being a SummerKids CIT gives you a chance to be part of a team, working with staff and kids in this K-6th grade program that runs all day, every day, for 9 weeks. You will have many opportunities to lead, learn and laugh with kids and co-workers!

Tumalo Day Camp CIT (Entering grade 9th-12th)

Location: Tumalo State Park

Program fee includes meals, overnight training and staff costs

Due to popularity of the program, you may only register for one of the weeks of Tumalo Day Camp. CITs for both weeks will attend the Mandatory June training as one group. The Camp Director and CIT Director will review all applications and confirm your acceptance in the program. If we cannot offer you a space, all registration fees will be refunded.

To make sure all of our CITs are well trained and know what is expected of them at camp, mandatory trainings are required.

BABYSITTING CERTIFICATION COURSES

Whether your child is gearing up to take care of siblings, or thinking of making a little extra cash as a babysitter - they won't want to miss this educational, hands-on course! Boys and girls (5th-8th grades) will learn important babysitting skills including: basic child care and first aid, safety measures, safe play with children, and job ethics. Participants will earn a babysitting certificate at the end of the course.

Cost: $65

Dates: Stay tuned for our next sessions! 

Want more information?

Email info@campfireco.org and tell us you want to know about Teen Opportunities.