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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Absolutely Incredible Kid® Day Sets Record Attendance

A boy looks in wonder at his Ozobot as it performs a command

There’s perhaps nothing more inspiring than seeing kids experience sheer joy, and that’s exactly what played out at Absolutely Incredible Kid® Day (AIK Day) on March 20, when a record number of youth—including those from two Camp Fire Afterschool programs—joined… Read More >

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Staff Spotlight: Zafiro Larsen

Zafiro Larsen Sunset Picture

Meet Zafiro Larsen (pictured left) and you can’t help but be impressed by this high-energy, deeply caring human being, who, at Camp Fire Central Oregon, also goes by the name of “Sonora.” That word in Latin means “to make sound,… Read More >

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STEM Fun Works Magic for Camp Fire Afterschool

A boy looks in wonder at his Ozobot as it performs a command

At Camp Fire Afterschool, embarking on STEM adventures isn’t just about decoding science and math mysteries—it’s an adventure into a realm of real-world wizardry! During a recent STEM-focused afternoon, our crew of afterschool kids at Bend International School dove headfirst… Read More >

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The Wonders of a Local Watershed: Teen Connects Youth Plant for Our Future at Creekside Park, Sisters

Teen Connects youth puts muscle into breaking up the riverbank for planting.

What is a watershed? Where might the location of Whychus Creek’s headwaters be? And at the Creekside Park in Sisters, why are there human-made steps going down to Whychus Creek, as well as fencing aligned with its banks, at Creekside… Read More >

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Embrace Your Own Ecosystem

As we get ready for Earth Day, we’re curious how our community is responding to environmental challenges in an everyday way. It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of dire headlines about climate change impacts and the need for… Read More >

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Media Release: Camp Fire Central Oregon Celebrates Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® With FREE Ice Skating for Youth At the Bend Pavilion, Wed., March 20, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Camp Fire Central Oregon Celebrates Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® With FREE Ice Skating for Youth At the Bend Pavilion, Wed., March 20, 2024 Bend, Ore. March 18, 2024 — Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® (AIK Day) is this… 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