Camp Fire Central Oregon | Light the Fire Within
Announcements regarding COVID-19


Please note: we are no longer accepting applications for financial assistance for SummerKids 2020, as all of our funds have been distributed. 


Designed for working families, SummerKids weekly camps give your child a place to feel creative, secure and empowered. With great indoor and outdoor spaces, SummerKids offers theme-based camps for young people, Kindergarten through 6th Grade, all summer long.

Monday through Friday, your child will learn valuable communication, teamwork and leadership skills as they play, learn and create with friends old and new. Each week, we explore a different theme through: movement activities, science investigations, music, arts and crafts, environmental awareness and working with members of our community, including special guest speakers and performances. 5th and 6th grade campers enjoy special trips into the community at least once a week!

Campers will be in groups of 8-12 kids based on grade.  Staff to camper ratios will be approximately 1:8.

The 2020 SummerKids location is Ponderosa Elementary School.


2020 SummerKids Schedule


Go Green

Week 1: June 15th-19th 

Discover the beauty of nature and the interconnected ecosystems of Oregon.  This week, campers will celebrate nature while learning what they can do to preserve it.


Oh, the Places We'll Go!

Week 2: June 22nd-26th 

Come one, come all to the wacky world of Dr. Seuss! This week will be filled with activities that allow campers to celebrate their silly side and express their individuality.


Spy School

Week 3: June 29th-July 3rd 

Help us solve the great SummerKids mystery of 2020! Campers will solve crimes, diffuse precarious escape room situations, and interpret curious puzzles as they become master spies.


Where the Wild Things Are

Week 4: July 6th-10th

From the rainforests and jungles, to the deserts and oceans, campers will explore wild animals, their natural habitats, and the indigenous peoples that live alongside them.


Junior Counselor Training

Week 4: July 6th-9th (9th-12th grade)

The SummerKids Junior Counselor program is designed to give teens practical work experience while exploring their leadership styles and discovering how to flex their strengths. JC's will become role models for younger campers, while still enjoying the fun traditions, songs and games of summer camp.  The program lasts for three weeks in total: 1 week of training July 6th-9th, and a subsequent 2 full weeks (5 consecutive days each) of service to SummerKids (service weeks are flexible and chosen by the participant during the registration process).


Epic Tales

Week 5: July 13th-17th

Dive into the wonderful world of fiction during this week focused on storytelling. Campers will explore magical lands, fairytales, superheroes, and mythology.


Welcome to My Laboratory

Week 6: July 20th-24th

Grab your lab coats and get ready to investigate the sciences! This week, campers will perform experiments, make new discoveries, and see where science takes them.


Let the Games Begin!

Week 7: July 27th-31st

In honor of the 2020 Summer Olympics, we will be hosting our very own "Camp Fire Games!" Campers will enjoy fun challenges and practice their teamwork skills during this spirited week.


Globe Trotters

Week 8: August 3rd-7th

Around the world in 5 days! This week, campers will explore various cultures. With a focus on The Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific Islands, they will learn about native customs, food, and games that are common in other parts of the world.


What Would Indiana Jones Do?

Week 9: August 10th-14th

From treasure hunts, to pirates, to exploring new worlds, join us as we ask ourselves “What would Indiana Jones do?” This week will be the perfect combination of mystery, magic, and adventure.


SummerKids Youth Leaders (SKY Leaders)

Week 9: August 10th-13th (7th-9th graders)

SummerKids Youth Leaders is tailored for teens to add their ideas and voice to all aspects of SummerKids camp. They will have the opportunity to create and lead activities, songs and games for younger campers based on the week’s theme of What Would Indiana Jones Do? They will use these experiences to build and reflect on leadership qualities and teamwork skills all while celebrating summer with their peers.

*SKY Leaders are intended to have hands-on practice leading groups of younger campers. This particular element of the program is subject to change given ever-evolving COVID-19 restrictions. 


Stage Life

Week 10: August 17th-21st

Come discover your inner artist! From designing backdrops and costumes, to learning how to build a script, campers will explore all aspects of the performing arts. The week will end with a showcase that all parents are welcome to attend.

Program Details:


PROGRAM HOURS: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


LOCATION: Ponderosa Elementary School, 3790 NE Purcell Blvd

Located on the edge of Pine Nursery Park, we are excited to hold SummerKids 2020 at Ponderosa Elementary with its easy access to great outdoor spaces!



Kindergarten: $215/week

1st-4th grade: $190/week

5th-6th grade: $215/week

Costs reflect a lower staff:youth ratio for our kindergarten group and field trips for our 5th-6th grade group. All camps are priced by the week and we do not prorate for daily attendance.



While our regular programming runs from 9 am to 3:30 pm, we do offer extended care options for those with schedules that run longer than our program.  When you sign up for extended care, you can drop off as early as 7:30 am or pick up as late as 5:30 pm. 

Our flexible options allow you to choose AM or PM extended care by the day, so you are only paying for extended care when you need it.  



Lunch & snacks - We will not be providing lunch or snacks.  With a full day of activities all of our campers get hungry for a snack during the day.  Please pack enough food for your child to stay comfortable all day long.

Water bottle - labeled with child's name, to make sure your child stays hydrated.

Sunscreen - please apply every day prior to arriving.

Closed-toed shoes - that stay on and will keep your child's feet warm while outside. No flip-flops.

All-weather clothing - Each day we will go outside, no matter the weather. Campers should be prepared for heat, sun, rain, and all of our variable Central Oregon weather.

Swimsuit & towel on Water Wednesdays - Every Wednesday all summer long we will have Bouncing Off The Walls joining us with a fun inflatable activity from 1:30-3:30pm.  Swim clothes, and towel, are required to participate.



Only during camp hours, to reach the on-site staff 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



Learn more about our financial assistance process here.   



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.

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