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.

“My son loved the variety of activities…”

My son loved the variety of activities, adventures and meeting kids from other schools. He looked forward to camp every week!

SummerKids Parent

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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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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Staff Spotlight: Zafiro Dell’Acqua

Meet our newest team member: Zafiro Dell’Acqua! Zafiro joined our staff this summer as the Assistant Director for SummerKids and will take over as Director at the end of this season. Zafiro has a background in both traditional education and… Read More >

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2019-2020 People & Impact Report

Camp Fire made a big impact in the 2019-2020 program year. It just looked different than any of us could have imagined. The 2019-2020 program year was a challenge for so many reasons, COVID-19 being one of the biggest. For… 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