Camp Fire Central Oregon | Light the Fire Within

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

Kids & teens learn how to succeed NOW, through:

Self-discovery

All young people find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they areSee our research-based program framework that we call “The Camp Fire Journey,” which develops essential skills and mindsets. Learn how we honor and celebrate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Community Connection

All young people find, build, and contribute to their community; they develop meaningful relationships with supportive adults and peers; they feel seen, heard, accepted, supported, and affirmed for who they are today, and who they will be in the future.

Engagement with Nature

All young people experience the power and awe of the outdoors; they learn to respect, love, and care for our world. Camp Fire Central Oregon has staff and programming committed to getting youth outside and helping them engage with and build appreciation for the natural world around us.

“Makes a parent’s heart happy to know they are always in good hands.”

Our kids had a great time at camp this year they love all the counselors who help make camp fun. I’m sure we will hear about the amazing counselors all year long. Makes a parent’s heart happy to know they are always in good hands.

SummerKids Parent

1916

The Legacy

2022

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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Grant Funds First Ever Behavior Coach for SummerKids

At Camp Fire Central Oregon, our mission is to connect youth to the outdoors, to each other, and to themselves. But this can be easier said than done when we look at this mission through the lens of mental health.… Read More >

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Tumalo Day Camp’s Secret ‘Sauce’: Alums & Years of Volunteers

Cheryl McCoy camp nurse puts a band-aid on a camper.

There’s a secret sauce to the success of Tumalo Day Camp (TDC), the beloved five-day camp that’s offered three times each summer by Camp Fire Central Oregon. It’s not just the fact that it takes place under the tall pines… Read More >

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Staff Spotlight: Logan Betts

Logan Betts with mountain background

Logan Betts, STEM Program Coordinator: Engineering Powerful Connection for Camp Fire Kids It’s hard to believe that Logan Betts (she/her/hers) has only been with Camp Fire Central Oregon for a little over a year. After joining our SummerKids team and… Read More >

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Summer 2024: Notable Numbers & Fun Camp Facts

The middle of summer is almost here, providing us with a great opportunity to announce some fun summer camp facts and figures! Perhaps the most exciting finding: Summer 2024 marks our biggest one yet in terms of the sheer number… Read More >

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Amy Lindholm: An Alumni Story

A Walk in the Woods Leads to a Life of Conservation Activism Amy Lindholm’s Camp Fire experiences took her on a career path she never could have imagined…one through the woods. An early encounter with a quiet forest trail eventually… Read More >

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It’s Almost Go Time! 10 Camp-tastic Tips for Summer Success

Top Tips for Parents and Kids to Prep for Our Awesome Camps  Summer camps are just about to kick off, and we couldn’t be more excited! Whether you’re joining us for one fantastic program or a whole bunch of camps… 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