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.

“Camp Fire camps are really fun!”

Camp Fire camps are really fun! I enjoyed helping people through the Teen Service Challenges and I would highly recommend them to other teens because it’s a good feeling when you help others. You basically get something out of giving back. And I love the Camp Fire leaders too! They’re all really nice, fun and upbeat…and supportive to bring you up if you’re feeling down.

M. Alex, 6th grader

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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Snap! Camp Fire Central Oregon Calling for Professional Photographers

NONPROFIT SEEKING LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS TO DONATE TIME AND TALENT AT CAMP FIRE’S UPCOMING FALL PHOTO DAY FUNDRAISER. Camp Fire Central Oregon is seeking professional photographers to help with its upcoming Fall Photo Day Fundraiser. The event, slated to take place… Read More >

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Camp Fire Central Oregon Receives Sizeable Grants for Tech & Robotics Program

TWO GRANTORS AWARD A COMBINED $30,000 TO EXPAND NONPROFIT’S CURRENT YOUTH OFFERINGS. In today’s rapidly changing world, society needs children to explore, discover and think deeply so that they can be the innovators, developers and inventors who will solve the… Read More >

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3 Reasons We Need Afterschool Programs NOW

Out-of-school-time programs really matter in the day-to-day lives of families and young people. They are also a core strategy in Camp Fire’s mission to connect young people to the outdoors, to others and to themselves. We’ve written about our commitment… Read More >

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We’re Re-envisioning ‘Thriving’

Part of the work of being an alive, evolving organization is to revisit the big stuff regularly. If you don’t question why you exist, what your work is, and what you believe every so often, it’s easy to get stagnant.… Read More >

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Camp Fire’s Boundary-Breaking History

  In 1909, Charlotte Gulick held a small summer camp for her daughters, three of their close friends, and a young woman with disabilities. There was no way she could have known that that first camp would grow into a… Read More >

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Camp Fire Celebrates Young People of All Genders

In 2019, Camp Fire expanded our inclusion statement to get a lot more specific about all the ways young people might define themselves—and how we welcome, affirm and support everyone. One of the categories of diversity that we actively celebrates… 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