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It’s Almost Go Time! 10 Camp-tastic Tips for Summer Success

Top Tips for Parents and Kids to Prep for Our Awesome Camps  Summer camps are just about to kick off, and we couldn’t be more excited! Whether you’re joining us for one fantastic program or a whole bunch of camps… Read More >

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Gratitudes and G’byes to Super School-Year Programs and Friends

Afterschool kids posing on a rock in nature

Before summer camps kick off, please pause briefly and join us in paying tribute to the success of our amazing school-year programs, staff, youth participants and partners. Looking back over the past nine months, we’ve furthered our goals in Central… Read More >

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Staff Spotlight: Mary Bowker

Mary Bowker on her sailboat.

Mary Bowker, Grants Manager: Securing Funds & Scholarships From the Helm! One of our amazing behind-the-scenes team leads is Mary Bowker, who serves from the Camp Fire helm as our Grants Manager. For the past eight years, Mary has been… Read More >

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It’s Not a Program, It’s a Practice

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Youth Voice at Camp Fire Central Oregon   Living out your values is never easy. One of our core Camp Fire values is, “We honor the power of young people.” To us, honoring power means sharing power through significant youth participation… Read More >

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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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