Camp Fire Central Oregon | Light the Fire Within

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We take pride in our long-standing commitment to inclusivity and diversity, no matter the ability, background, race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, non-religion, or any other category people use to define themselves or others.

We were the first multiracial, multicultural, and nonsectarian organization for girls in America when we began in 1910, and today we strive to continue in that spirit and welcome anyone and everyone (of any gender) to Camp Fire.

 

 

Statement of Inclusion

Camp Fire believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being. We welcome, affirm, and support young people and adults of all abilities and disabilities, experiences, races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, religion and non-religion, citizenship and immigration status, and any other category people use to define themselves or others. We strive to create safe and inclusive environments that celebrate diversity and foster positive relationships.

What this looks like in our programs:

  • Welcoming and safe environment for everyone
  • Trained, caring staff
  • Sharing preferred pronouns
  • Land acknowledgments at the start of program
  • Working with parents/guardians to support each child's needs
  • Collaborative, solution-focused Code of Conduct
  • Encouraging youth voice and leadership
  • Expanding bilingual English-Spanish programs

 

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Land Acknowledgment

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the land and waterways we call our home.  Think of one of your favorite places in nature and imagine what it was like hundreds of years ago.

The land and water surrounding us has had human activity for thousands of years. The original caretakers, or stewards, of what we now call Central Oregon, were part of three communities - the Warm Springs People, the Wasco People, and the Northern Paiute People.  An unfair agreement, or treaty, forced these original caretakers to move from their lands to the Warm Springs Reservation. Today, Central Oregon is still home to members of these three communities and other tribes. Many local indigenous people continue to be caretakers of the land and observe ancient traditions and values. 

To honor and acknowledge the original caretakers of this land, we share our gratitude for their stewardship and strive to be good caretakers of the land as well.

 

Resource Hub

Camp Fire national has created a webpage to be a hub of resources for youth and families, as well as a place for learning and growth. The page was built originally as a response the onslaught of anti-Trans* legislation in many state legislatures right now and in recent months (2021). The aim is to provide mental health resources and places of community for Trans* youth, as well as educational resources, and ways to take action. The page quickly grew and now encompasses statements and resources for Native and Indigenous youth, Black youth, and Asian American communities, as well as LGBTQ+ youth.

Young people who carry many different identities are being attacked, traumatized, and forgotten. While this is a small piece of support, we hope it can be a place to start, connect to other resources, learn, and take action, together.

 

Our Promise

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.

Light the fire within