Camp Fire Central Oregon | Light the Fire Within
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Youth thrive here

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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:

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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Staff Spotlight: Alyssa Thomas

This winter, our staff spotlight shines on Alyssa Thomas. Alyssa joined the Camp Fire Central Oregon team as part of our SummerKids staff in 2019 and has since gone year-round with us as a Program Lead for Camp Fire Afterschool,… Read More >

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Board Member Spotlight: Molly Adam

  Each quarter, we interview and highlight one of our staff members, giving you a closer look at the team behind Camp Fire Central Oregon. Moving into 2020, we’ve decided to spotlight not only 1 staff member each quarter, but… Read More >

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New decade, new #CampFireJourney

In 2019, Camp Fire held a series of focus groups with a diverse range of councils to dive into what experiences they were providing and what impact their programs were making. With the help of Algorhythm, an expert in youth development program evaluation, we explored… Read More >

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Why Camp Fire?

As we approach the end of the year and reflect on 2019, we want to say thank you for your ongoing support of Camp Fire. Your gifts of money, time, and insight make an immeasurable difference in young people’s lives. Can you help us… Read More >

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Tracking Camp Fire’s Impact

Impact. From the Latin impingere, meaning “driven in.” To come into contact with, to influence or have a strong effect on. Synonyms: Impression, mark, imprint, repercussion, result.   What does it mean to truly have an impact? At Camp Fire we… Read More >

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The Benefits of Practicing Gratitude (and simple ways to do it!)

  If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you may have noticed our theme for November: gratitude. Research shows that practicing gratitude can increase happiness, strengthen relationships, lead to more satisfaction in life, increase resiliency, and even improve sleep… 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