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:

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.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate you responding so quickly to this situation. Your kindness, understanding, and willingness to move mountains in order to help a child truly touches my heart. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Kate M., Case Worker, Camp Fire Central Oregon

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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Why Camp Fire?

As we approach the end of the year and reflect on 2019, we want to say thank you for your ongoing support of Camp Fire. Your gifts of money, time, and insight make an immeasurable difference in young people’s lives. Can you help us… Read More >

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Tracking Camp Fire’s Impact

Impact. From the Latin impingere, meaning “driven in.” To come into contact with, to influence or have a strong effect on. Synonyms: Impression, mark, imprint, repercussion, result.   What does it mean to truly have an impact? At Camp Fire we… Read More >

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The Benefits of Practicing Gratitude (and simple ways to do it!)

  If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you may have noticed our theme for November: gratitude. Research shows that practicing gratitude can increase happiness, strengthen relationships, lead to more satisfaction in life, increase resiliency, and even improve sleep… Read More >

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Five Ways You Can Promote Youth Voice

If you work with or support positive youth development organizations, you’ve probably heard the phrase “youth voice” before. If you’re new to Camp Fire or the PYD movement, you could be wondering what the shorthand means…besides the obvious. You’re right in thinking “youth… Read More >

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Meet Our Amazing Staff – Sarah Williver

For our fall spotlight, we want to recognize one of our newer staff members who is revitalizing and expanding our STE(a)M programs: Sarah Williver. As STE(a)M Program Manager, Sarah directs our Robotics offerings, including First LEGO League teams, and intro… Read More >

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Teens Lead at Camp Fire

Camp Fire is founded on the belief that young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire doesn’t just sponsor programs for young people. It’s a platform for young people to create their own programs and engage with their communities, on their own terms.… 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