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:

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.

“I have seen how this program has contributed to school success”

I have seen how this program has contributed to school success because the students talk about it in my classes and have excellent attendance! The relationships and connections between students and families really contributes to strengthening the community and motivating students. There are also many academic opportunities which I’ve been able to leverage because I know they are participating in the program. Great job team!

Rebecca E., ELL Teacher

1916

The Legacy

2021

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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Staff Spotlight: James DiRosa

Meet our new Teen Programs Manager: James DiRosa! James has worked with Camp Fire Central Oregon in various capacities over the past 3 years and we are thrilled to now have him as a full-time staff member taking over teen… Read More >

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Connecting your Kids with Nature this Earth Day

111 years ago, Camp Fire was founded on a belief in the importance of giving all youth access to nature and outdoor education. While our programs have evolved with the times, this remains one of our central tenets: connecting all… Read More >

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Board Member Spotlight: Brittnye Freeberg

Meet our newest board member: Brittnye Freeberg! Brittnye joined our Board of Directors earlier this year, but has volunteered with Camp Fire Central Oregon at both our Tumalo Day Camp and Afterschool program since 2016. She works as a scientist… Read More >

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Celebrate Earth Day: Work for Environmental Justice

The outdoors is inextricably woven into Camp Fire’s inception, history and goals for the future. Similarly, social justice is undeniably tied to environmental justice: We live in the environment, we share in the environment. What we do to, with and for the environment we do… Read More >

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The Importance of Celebration

As we look to celebrate Absolutely Incredible Kid Day this week, we are also reflecting on the importance of celebration in general as a way to instill confidence, publicly acknowledge efforts and accomplishments, and promote work towards goals.  The distinction… Read More >

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Campfire Coffee Co. & youth org Camp Fire join forces to encourage kids

Quincy Henry and his wife, Whitni, started Campfire Coffee Co. in Tacoma, WA, with the goal of bringing campfire-roasted coffee (yes: micro-batch coffee roasted over an open fire!) to his home-turf and supporting a broader mission—creating more access to the outdoors for BIPOC and underserved communities.… 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