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, or make a noise," and since joining Camp Fire Central Oregon in June of 2021, Zafiro has most definitely raised the volume of positive camp vibes with her creativity and zest for life! She brings a deep-rooted commitment to making youth feel welcome and inspired, and her approach to developing and rolling out quality programs reflects her own goals as well as the broader mission of Camp Fire. We caught up with Zafiro to ask a few questions so you can get to know this amazing Camp Fire team member better!

Q: What's your role as the Program Manager of SummerKids, No-School Day Camp and Teen Programs?
A: As the Program Manager, I design programs to meet our mission standards of connecting youth to themselves, to others and to the outdoors; to be a safe place where they can explore their interests and enjoy being a kid; and to be a place where they can develop safe relationships with kind and compassionate adults, and other kids from all over Central Oregon.

Zafiro Larsen reports on the weather dressed as a wizard.Q: What are your sparks?
A: I love puzzles, scavenger hunts and escape rooms. I love great storytelling—in books, movies, plays and great conversations. I love to perform, mostly singing. And I love to spend time outdoors with my husband, son and two dogs!

Q: What are your future goals (professional and/or personal)?
A: I'm always looking forward to creating and celebrating Camp Fire traditions in each program I manage. This summer, we're focusing on the sparks of our kiddos and how they can discover and share them with others. I'm also looking forward to new opportunities for our Camp Fire Teens that we'll be starting next school year!

Q: What's your favorite part of working with youth?
A: Working with youth pushes me to be the best version of myself because they deserve no less. It's a high standard, but it's so worth it. This doesn't mean I always have to be a serious or strict. Instead, this means that I can let my own inner child thrive through silliness, fun, and pure curiosity!

Q: Why does your job—and Camp Fire—matter?
A: I've been working with youth for 11 years, and I am so happy that this journey has brought me to Camp Fire. I fully believe that this organization puts youth safety, support, and the right to enjoy childhood at the forefront and I'm so proud to be a part of it!

Teen Connects with Zafiro Larsen and teens at Harmony Farm