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Media Release: Summer 2024: Camp Dreams Coming True!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Summer 2024: Camp Dreams Coming True! Grant funding and community partnerships open doors to affordable STEM-focused outdoor programs and robotics adventures with Camp Fire Central Oregon. Bend, Ore. May 13, 2024 – With summer camp season just… Read More >

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Bit(e) of Robotics to Wrap Up Soon! Last Free Event: May 31

A crowd of kids and families participating at Bit(e) of Robotics at Deschutes Public Library

Over the past winter and spring months, Camp Fire Central Oregon has been holding free Bit(e) of Robotics workshops through the Deschutes Public Library—and these introductory robotics events have been a hit! Taking place at the Redmond Public Library and… Read More >

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Staff Spotlight: Cece Valceschini

In the realm of Camp Fire Central Oregon champions, one of our greatest superheroes is Cece Valceschini! As our program specialist, Cece runs our certified babysitter training, supports Kids Night Out events, and serves as the director of our beloved… Read More >

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Little Kids, Big Impact

The research is undeniable: Early childhood education lays the foundation for lifelong learning, health and well-being. Studies show that sustained, high-quality early childhood education narrows achievement gaps(1), improves health outcomes, increases high school graduation rates and is linked to better… Read More >

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Absolutely Incredible Kid® Day Sets Record Attendance

Two youth hold signs showing why they are incredible

There’s perhaps nothing more inspiring than seeing kids experience sheer joy, and that’s exactly what played out at Absolutely Incredible Kid® Day (AIK Day) on March 20, when a record number of youth—including those from two Camp Fire Afterschool programs—joined… Read More >

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Staff Spotlight: Zafiro Larsen

Zafiro Larsen Sunset Picture

Meet Zafiro Larsen (pictured left) and you can’t help but be impressed by this high-energy, deeply caring human being, who, at Camp Fire Central Oregon, also goes by the name of “Sonora.” That word in Latin means “to make sound,… Read More >

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STEM Fun Works Magic for Camp Fire Afterschool

Two afterschool kids pose with their Ozobots and project worksheets

At Camp Fire Afterschool, embarking on STEM adventures isn’t just about decoding science and math mysteries—it’s an adventure into a realm of real-world wizardry! During a recent STEM-focused afternoon, our crew of afterschool kids at Bend International School dove headfirst… Read More >

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The Wonders of a Local Watershed: Teen Connects Youth Plant for Our Future at Creekside Park, Sisters

Teen Connects youth puts muscle into breaking up the riverbank for planting.

What is a watershed? Where might the location of Whychus Creek’s headwaters be? And at the Creekside Park in Sisters, why are there human-made steps going down to Whychus Creek, as well as fencing aligned with its banks, at Creekside… Read More >

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Embrace Your Own Ecosystem

As we get ready for Earth Day, we’re curious how our community is responding to environmental challenges in an everyday way. It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of dire headlines about climate change impacts and the need for… Read More >

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