Camp Fire Central Oregon | Light the Fire Within

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.

“The staff are excellent as is the program.”

My two kids look forward to Tumalo Day Camp every year. The staff are excellent as is the program. It is just the right mix of learning useful outdoor skills and having fun with friends.

Kim V., Parent, Camp Fire Central Oregon

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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Around the Camp Fire – Nov. 2020 – Gratitude

This month, we launched a new community conversation series: Around the Camp Fire. These conversations delve into topics around how to support, encourage, and lift up young people in our community to grow their potential and thrive now. Free and… Read More >

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Young people want to shape the world – now

A recent survey by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) found “83 percent [of youth ages 18-24] say they believe young people have the power to change the country.”  That’s exactly what we want young people in… Read More >

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Your Kids & Conflict Resolution: Why It Matters

CAMP FIRE ORCA IN TACOMA, WASHINGTON October is National Bullying Prevention Month. While there are many good ways we can address bullying with the kids and teens in our lives, this month we’re going to focus on just one strategy… Read More >

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The impact of COVID-19 on today’s young people

As we head into the new school year, we recognize that COVID-19 has now been with us for half a year and doesn’t look like it is going anywhere anytime soon. By now, it has disrupted and impacted all of… Read More >

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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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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