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:

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”, founded on the pillars of Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

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. 

“This camp is an absolute winner!”

What an amazing summer opportunity! My three kiddos (ages 4, 6, and 8) have had an absolute BLAST this week. They’ve come home bursting with excitement to share all they learned, and to tell stories of the fun they had. This camp is an absolute winner! We hope to get spots next year! Thanks for all you do to make magical summertime memories for kids!

Lindsay B., 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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New Year, New Vision

The New Year gives us an excuse to stay up late, dance a little, and eat a lot. It also invites us to imagine what the future could hold. In the face of so many challenges—from the ongoing pandemic to… Read More >

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Developmental Relationships—are we cultivating them?

Developmental Relationships—connections that help us learn, grow, give back and become our best selves—are fundamental to a thriving life. Research shows that young people who have strong developmental relationships are more engaged at school, have higher social-emotional learning skills and are less… Read More >

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Almost 25 million kids are waiting to get into an afterschool program

Talk about a gap! In early 2020, there were 7.8 million young people in afterschool programs—and 24.6 million more who would be if a spot was available. (1) But this is pre-pandemic data; the demand for quality afterschool programming has only grown since… Read More >

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Staff Spotlight: Sara Ward

Meet our newest team member: Sara Ward! Sara joined our staff this month as the Program Manager for Camp Fire Afterschool. Sara comes to us after working at other youth-serving organizations around Bend and with a wealth of knowledge on… Read More >

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How Camp Fire Staff Build Youth-Driven Programs

Camp Fire is both for young people and created by young people. This isn’t just aspirational: Our commitment to youth voice is carried out in very practical ways by thousands of Camp Fire staff at the program level. Here are a few ways that Camp Fire… Read More >

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Alumni Timeline

What a history! Camp Fire has been around since 1910, which means our young people have been a part of and making American history for the past 111 years. Check out this timeline of Camp Fire moments throughout history:     … 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