Camp Fire Central Oregon | Light the Fire Within

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

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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Use the power of words on Absolutely Incredible Kid Day!

CAMP FIRE ALABAMA   YOUR EMAIL SUBMIT MY PLEDGE Camp Fire founded this annual tradition in 1997 because we wanted to encourage adults to make encouraging kids a priority. Why? Because words are powerful. They can lead kids to discover their spark, help… Read More >

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5 Ways to Make a Big Impact for Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®

CAMP FIRE HEART OF IOWA Here at Camp Fire, every day is about helping kids thrive. But we wanted to take one day a year to really do it BIG. That’s why we started Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® in 1997. Every year… Read More >

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Writing Tips, Ideas & Examples for Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® is right around the corner (March 21)! If you find yourself running a little low on creativity, here are some ideas to help get you started writing/telling a kid in your life why they are absolutely incredible:… Read More >

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Mental health is a key part of thriving

This February, we’re going to be focusing on youth mental health awareness. At Camp Fire, we help kids learn the tools they need to thrive: how to identify their sparks, develop a growth mindset, manage their goals and take time to reflect. Unfortunately, many young… Read More >

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Be a Spark Champion

It’s not enough to just know your spark. You have to grow it! And that’s where spark champions come in. CAMP FIRE ALABAMA Spark Champions are adults who help young people develop the interests, skills, commitments or qualities that give lives purpose… Read More >

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Our BRIDGES Program: Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking

Today, January 11th, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. And it is the perfect day to share what our BRIDGES: Thailand program has been up to for the past few months… This past November, our BRIDGES program travelled to Thailand… 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