Camp Fire Central Oregon | Light the Fire Within

Coding for Kids

Join us for a special 3rd-8th grade No School Day Camp and learn to code!

JANUARY 31ST | OSU GRADUATE RESEARCH CENTER, ROOM 110 | $40 | 9am-12pm, with extended care options

Learn how to develop an app with ADL!

ADL is a visual development language that enables anyone to learn how to develop software.  From websites to apps, have your child learn the fundamentals that make computer software a mainstay in our daily lives.  Coders will learn how to create a messaging app similar to the text apps everyone has on smartphones today.  They'll learn how to send and receive text messages and even send pictures!

Coders will learn basic programming skills along with time management and critical thinking skills, and will practice using a growth mindset as they work through problems and coding errors.  Learning to code develops life-long skills, instills confidence, and allows kids to ignite their interest in computer science.

This No School Day Camp is designed for youth who are interested in problem-solving, game design, and software development, to one day design some of the games they love playing in their free time on their phones, computers, or gaming consoles.

Do you have some coding experience, but have reached a ceiling with drag and drop programs? 

Unlike many other coding programs for youth, ADL is an easy language to translate into more complex coding and sets the foundation for actual coding projects in the real world.

Are you brand new to coding?  

With a little instruction, ADL is easy to use and relevant for first time coders, too.  No previous experience in coding necessary, just a desire to learn!

Instructors will meet youth where they are at in their coding knowledge.  At this program, youth can expect to:

- Do activities that introduce coding principles

- Learn how to program using ADL, a simple visual programming language.

- Communicate with young fellow no-school day coders during the camp

- Take their projects home and share with their family and friends

Laptops and iPads will be provided.

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Program Details:


PROGRAM HOURS: 9 am - 12 pm



While our regular program hours end at 12 pm, we do offer extended care options for those with schedules that run longer than our program.  

FOR 3rd-5th GRADE:  

Real Life Superheroes, 12 pm - 3:30 pm, $30: 

3rd - 5th graders are invited to join our regularly scheduled No School Day Camp at Amity Creek Elementary School for the afternoon.   In the program, youth will celebrate everyday people who make our world a better, safer place, such as police officers, fire fighters, and EMT’s.  We will learn about what they do for our community and learn how we can be superheroes in our communities too!  

Extended Care, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, $5:

Youth in extended care can be picked up anytime before 5:30.

FOR 6th-8th GRADE: 

Teen Connects, 12 pm - 3 pm, $20:

Youth will stay on location for fun group activities and a “mini” service project. Pick Up is flexible between 3 and 3:30.



Laptops and iPads will be provided.  Youth should come with a desire to learn!

For youth attended extended activities, please bring a water bottle, lunch and snacks (food is not provided by Camp Fire) and warm clothes, especially for those walking to Amity who will be going outside even if it is cloudy, cold or raining. Please bring a warm and waterproof jacket, hats and gloves.



Only during camp hours, to reach the on-site staff at No School Day Camp at Amity for emergencies or to notify the staff that you are running late for pick up, the Camp Phone number is: (541) 728-3336.

For all other questions regarding your reservations, please call the Camp Fire office at (541) 382-4682 or email



Don't wait to register... High-quality youth programs are in high demand.  Camp Fire programs are kept small to ensure a great Adult:Youth ratio and create the best learning experience possible.

Space is limited and many sell out quickly!  If the program is sold out, please add yourself to the wait list.



Camp Fire is pleased to thank United Way of Deschutes County, The Clabough Foundation, Children’s Forest of Central Oregon, corporate sponsors, and generous individual donors for helping us to provide this opportunity.  If you would like to make a donation to Camp Fire Central Oregon to support our programs, you can do so here.

To apply for financial assistance, choose the Financial Assistance option during registration.  You will only pay a small fee to hold your spot while we process your application. If the financial packet we offer does not meet your needs, you will have the opportunity to cancel the reservation without incurring any fees.



Learn more about our registration policies including making payments, our cancellation policy, and our refund policy.


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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.

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