At Camp Fire Central Oregon, we know that when children don’t thrive, they may struggle on all fronts—socially, emotionally and academically. As adults, they cannot become truly engaged, contributing members of our world. You know what happens then. It may be tough to find and keep jobs. They fall into reliance on harmful coping mechanisms — drugs, alcohol, physical abuse, and other risky behaviors. The toll on their behavioral health can lead to dark places, houselessness, and, sadly, sometimes loss of life.

“Camp Fire strives each and every day to connect youth to the outdoors, to each other, and to themselves — because this mission is a proven strategy for helping youth thrive.”

– Kecia Kubota, Executive Director, Camp Fire Central Oregon