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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

2020

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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Alumni Spotlight: Amber Goemaat

During the month of July, we are celebrating our alumni! First up: Amber Goemaat. Amber participated in our programs from 1st grade all the way through high school, and has since been a counselor at both SummerKids and Tumalo Day… Read More >

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Engage Your Family: Talking Race, Racism, & Anti-Racism With Youth K-12

ARTIST NIKKOLAS SMITH VIA INSTAGRAM We know you agree: young people are amazing. We believe they shape the world (no matter their age) and it’s our job to be with them on a journey to self-discovery and lift their voice.… Read More >

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Staff Spotlight: Javier Leiva

Haga clic aquí para leer este artículo en español   This June, our staff spotlight shines on Javier Leiva. Javier joined our team at the beginning of 2020 as a Spanish Language Facilitator and now also occupies the role of… Read More >

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Teens On Fire Create Pop-Up Food Pantry

As Camp Fire Central Oregon’s teen service programs have grown over the past few years, we’ve seen these young people give back to our community in amazing and creative ways. This 2019-2020 school year was our first year running three… Read More >

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The Power of Service-Learning

Adult volunteers fuel our programs and help our young people thrive. But did you know volunteering is also a great way for young people to unlock their superpowers? (Scroll down to find out about youth volunteering opportunities going on at Camp Fire Central… Read More >

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Your Earth Day Service Guide!

APRIL 22 IS EARTH DAY!     The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970, and each year since Camp Fire has celebrated the day through service and advocacy. Caring for nature is part of our DNA. Our founders knew that… 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