Camp Fire Central Oregon | Light the Fire Within


Where Fun Never Takes A Vacation

SummerKids is an exciting and engaging way for 1st-6th graders to spend their summer. Each week, we explore a different theme through games, movement activities, science investigations, camp songs, arts and crafts, environmental awareness, and community building. More importantly, in small groups of 8-12, all youth get to make new friends, connect with caring adults, and discover their sparks in a low pressure, supportive, and fun environment.

SummerKids 2024 will take place at Juniper Elementary School, in Bend. In case of excessive heat or smoke, campers have room to move, play, and create indoors. Our Zen zone and behavior resources help youth regulate when feeling big emotions — a great way to practice those skills before heading back to school!

For campers in grades 7-12, we offer leadership and junior counselor opportunities.

SummerKids camp details

WHERE: Juniper Elementary School in Bend. (Map)


  • Program hours: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Grades 1-4: $350/week
    • Grades 5-6:  $375/week
  • AM extended care:  7:30-8:30 a.m. $56 per week
  • PM extended care: 3:30-5:30 p.m. $65 per week

Scholarships and financial assistance available. Learn more about financial assistance.

Why SummerKids

  • Visits to neighboring parks and green spaces
  • Water Wednesdays bounce houses and water slides
  • Weekly field trips for 5th and 6th graders
  • Low ratios help campers practice social emotional skills for elementary school
  • Extended care options, mornings and afternoons
  • Dedicated staff who work for Camp Fire because of our mission: connecting youth to the outdoors, to others, and to themselves.

2024 SummerKids weekly themes

Week 1: June 19-21 – Wild, Wild West
Travel through the echoes of the Wild West as we delve into tales of the frontier, honor the heritage of Indigenous peoples, and explore diverse and dramatic landscapes. Because school has been extended, week 1 of SummerKids will be Wednesday June 19th – Friday June 21st. Due to this change, there will be no field trip during week 1 for grades 5-6. Pricing has been adjusted.

  • Week 1 grades 1-6: $210
  • AM extended care: $30
  • PM extended care: $30

Week 2: June 24-28 – City Builders
Become the architect of your imagination! Design, construct, and shape your dream city in this creative makerspace experience.

Week 3:

  • July 1-3 – Camping Extravaganza (Monday-Wednesday only, $210)
    Set up tents, navigate trails, roast marshmallows and sing campfire songs all from the cozy comfort of SummerKids!
  • July 4 – NO CAMP
  • July 5 – Keep On Camping (Friday only, $70)
    More fun within the camping theme. Sign up for this day only or combine this day with Camping Extravaganza for the full experience!

Week 4: July 8-12 – Outstanding Olympics
Unleash your inner champion at our spirited week of teamwork, friendly competition, and Olympic-sized fun!

Week 5: July 15-19 – Imaginarium
Step into the fantastical world of SummerKids. Dreams take flight, creativity knows no bounds, and every kid becomes the hero of their own story!

Week 6: July 22-26 – Farm Fun!
Grow, play, and “moo-ve” as we cultivate laughter, plant seeds of friendship, and meet a special guest who’ll teach us all about the fun of farming!

Week 7: July 29-August 2 – Lab Rascals!
Come join the SummerKids Lab Rascals as they concoct scientific silliness and unleash laughter-inducing reactions!

Week 8: August 5-9 – Spark Superstars
Hey kids! Let’s ignite “sparks” and explore your dreams, delving into your passions, learning from that inspiration, and forging connections that make it all meaningful!

Week 9: August 12-16 – Silly Shakespeare
‘To Be A Kid, Or Not To Be A Kid’? Join us as we ‘kidify’ Shakespeare’s playful prose and turn it into mirthful mayhem!

Low cost options and financial assistance are available for all of our programs!

Camp Fire Central Oregon has a long history of providing financial assistance to families in need. We strive to make all of our programs available to as many youth as possible, regardless of the ability to pay.

We recommend applying for assistance far in advance of the programs you are interested in attending, as funds are limited. Programs are open to all and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical challenges, or sexual orientation.

We strive to make all of our programs available to as many youth as possible, regardless of the ability to pay.

Learn about and apply for Financial Assistance.

Because we schedule staff, invest in supplies, and plan for expenses based upon the number of youth we are expecting, we must adhere to our cancellation policies.

Most of our fee-based programs require a $10-25 non-refundable fee at registration (unless specifically noted in the program description).

More about cancellation policies.

Don't wait to register! High-quality youth programs are in high demand and Camp Fire programs are kept small to ensure a great adult:youth ratio and create the best learning experience possible. That means space is limited and many sessions sell out quickly. If the program is sold out, please add yourself to the waitlist.

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

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