Camp Fire Central Oregon | Light the Fire Within

Invest in Our Youth

Heart painted by campers with the text, 'Camp Fire Central Oregon helps kids thrive,connecting them to the outdoors,to others, and to themselves.'


‘Tis the Season of Giving!

Since 1916, Camp Fire Central Oregon has been the leader in providing essential enrichment to youth throughout our region with opportunities for them to learn, lead, and thrive. Our programs, which rely on the generous support of partners such as yourself, include summer camps, after-school activities, and leadership initiatives. Anything but mere childcare, these programs help young people find their spark, contribute to their community, develop meaningful relationships with supportive adults and peers, and experience the power and awe of the outdoors.

You can make a 100% tax-deductable donation today using our online form or sending to Camp Fire Central Oregon (P.O. Box 7031, Bend, OR 97708). If you are interested learning more about sponsorships please contact

Growing up is hard.

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

The solution? Help kids thrive.

Throughout the giving season, we invite you to follow us online, where you’ll witness a series of stories spotlighting some of our amazing program participants. These videos showcase firsthand the vital role you can play in helping children thrive.

Counselor-in-training Kashay joined Camp Fire Central Oregon back in grade school as a camper. She loves working with the littles at camp and has discovered over the years, with the help of our role-model staff, how to regulate her emotions for herself and for the kids she loves and leads.

Meet Jack! A camper at Tumalo Day Camp, Jack has found his sparks and learned some lessons that help him to thrive! And that’s the very mission of our camps: helping kiddos connect with the outdoors, to each other, and to themselves!

Meet Andrew, AKA “Sarge,” a camper-turned-counselor at Camp Fire Central Oregon. Sarge went from worrying about being a camper years ago and feeling accepted to becoming a counselor who is now pursuing his education as a teacher’s assistant at Central Oregon Community College.

Janeva has been coming to Camp Fire Central Oregon for two years and has a lot of words to say about what she’s learned, what’s important about Camp Fire, how she’s overcome feeling worried about fitting in, and what makes her happy at camp.

Zoey joined her brother at Tumalo Day Camp this summer—and her mom, who’s a volunteer counselor. By the river, under the pines, she grew self-confidence and skills through empowering activities.

August surprised himself by discovering a passion for drawing, inspiration from counselors, and a fresh interest in history and culture. He thinks more kids could benefit from building bee condos and generally having fun, too.

Partner with us!

Our commitment to youth development is unwavering, but we cannot achieve our goals without the support of businesses like yours. By partnering with Camp Fire Central Oregon, you have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the young people in our community. Your dollars directly contribute to their bright and promising future, helping them to thrive.

Here are some ways your company can get involved:

  • Financial contributions: Your generous donation will support our programs and activities, ensuring that every child in our community has the opportunity to participate, learn, and grow. Choose a one-time gift or become a sustaining member through a recurring donation.
  • Sponsorship opportunities: We offer various sponsorship levels for our events and activities, providing your company with valuable exposure to our wide network of parents, volunteers, and supporters.
  • In-Kind Donations: Your products or services can greatly enhance our operations and help us keep our costs low, allowing more resources to be invested in the development of our programs.

For business owners, we have a variety of partnership opportunities that allow you to support our programs and also benefit your busines..
– Joey Hamilton, Marketing & Development Director

Your gift changes lives.

colorful heart painted by campers, used for list bullet icons  $375 sends a child to one week of summer camp

colorful heart painted by campers, used for list bullet icons  $200 enrolls a child in our afterschool program

colorful heart painted by campers, used for list bullet icons  $70 sends a child to No School Day Camp

colorful heart painted by campers, used for list bullet icons  $25 provides a child with program activity supplies

colorful heart painted by campers, used for list bullet icons  ANY AMOUNT lights a spark and makes an impact!

Each and every child impacted gets to spend time with us, benefiting from our care and programs that are committed to helping them thrive.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration!

Help us hit our fundraising goal

2023 End of Year Campaign$1,430$5,000

Do you love our heart art?

Two young girls making our colorful fingerprint heart art.
The beautiful heart you see here may look familiar! It’s a one-of-a-kind masterpiece crafted by the little fingerprints of joyful children who have attended Camp Fire Central Oregon’s afterschool program.

When we rolled out this heart art project, the children loved putting their colorful fingerprints on the paper, knowing their artwork would help raise funds to support the very programs that they cherish

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