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Teen Summer Programs

Camp Fire’s teen summer programs are all about giving back, building skills, practicing leadership and having fun!

Designed specifically for rising 7th-12th graders, our Service Challenges, Junior Counselor opportunities, and other teen programs allow participants to gain valuable volunteer, leadership, and job training experience...all in a fun group environment with friends. These programs foster communication and teamwork skills, give youth a chance to unplug from technology, connect with their community, explore, grow, and challenge themselves. 

 

2020 Teen Summer Schedule

 

Tumalo Day Camp CITs

June 22nd-26th | Rising 8th-12th graders

Learn leadership and teamwork skills, while having fun at camp! The CIT program provides great experience that teens can draw from as they apply for jobs, hone their own camp counselor skills, or even apply to colleges. Each CIT is assigned to a small group to assist the camp counselor in all activities, as well as lead songs and games with the other CITs.

 

Service Challenge: The Sampler

June 29th-July 2nd | Rising 7th-12th graders

During this Service Challenge, teens will participate in a different volunteer project with local non-profit organizations each day. This is a great opportunity to gain community service hours, learn about the issues affecting our community, and discover how young people can make a difference.

This will be a bilingual program with English and Spanish speaking facilitators.

Durante este Desafío de Servicio, los adolescentes participarán en un proyecto de voluntariado diferente con organizaciones locales sin fines de lucro cada día. Esta es una gran oportunidad para ganar horas de servicio comunitario, aprender sobre los problemas que afectan a nuestra comunidad y descubrir cómo los jóvenes pueden marcar la diferencia.

 

SummerKids Junior Counselor Training

June 29th-July 3rd | Rising 9th-12th graders

The SummerKids Junior Counselor program is designed to give teens practical work experience while still enjoying the fun traditions, songs and games of summer camp.  The program lasts for three weeks in total: 1 week of training June 29th-July 3rd, 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).

 

Ride On!

July 6th-8th | Rising 7th-12th graders

Experience the freedom and independence gained through biking with Camp Fire’s Ride On! program.  This program is an introduction to bike commuting and gives participants the tools they need to ride safely on the road, choose safe routes, and keep their bicycle in safe working order. You don’t need a car or a ride to get outside in Bend this summer! Teens do not need to own a bicycle to participate in this program and will earn a bicycle to take home at the end of the program.

This program is offered in partnership with Gear Fix, Bicycle Re-Source of Bend, and Commute Options.

 

Service Challenge: Green Teens

July 13th-16th | Rising 7th-12th graders

During this environmentally-focused Service Challenge, teens will participate in a different volunteer project with local non-profit organizations focusing specifically on sustainability and environmental awareness. This is a great opportunity to gain community service hours, learn about the issues affecting our local environment, and discover how young people can make a difference.

 

SummerKids Youth Leaders (SKY Leaders)

July 20th-23rd | Rising 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 Welcome to My Laboratory.  They will use these experiences to build and reflect on leadership qualities and teamwork skills all while celebrating summer with their peers.

 

Service Challenge: Social Justice Week

July 27th-30th | Rising 7th-12th graders

Teens will spend this entire week exploring a social justice issue of their choice and creating a visual arts project to advocates for change. The group will research their chosen issue, plan for advocacy, create visual arts pieces, and display their work at a location around town. This is a great opportunity to learn about pressing issues, gain advocacy experience, enjoy ownership of a longer-term artistic project, and discover how young people can make a difference.

 

Service Challenge: Nature Quest

August 3rd-6th | Rising 7th-12th graders

Nature Quest combines environmental advocacy and stewardship with outdoor adventure around Central Oregon. Each day, we will go on a fun, active outing (hiking, kayaking, etc.), while simultaneously learning about land use and giving back to the beautiful locations that support our recreation. This is a great opportunity to gain community service hours and learn about the issues affecting our local land, all while having a ton of fun outside.

This will be a bilingual program with English and Spanish speaking facilitators.

Nature Quest combina la promoción ambiental y la mayordomía con la aventura al aire libre alrededor del centro de Oregón. Cada día, vamos a ir en una salida divertida y activa (senderismo, kayak, etc.), mientras que al mismo tiempo aprender sobre el uso de la tierra y devolver a los hermosos lugares que apoyan nuestra recreación. Esta es una gran oportunidad para ganar horas de servicio comunitario y aprender sobre los problemas que afectan a nuestra tierra local, todo mientras se divierte al aire libre.

 

SummerKids Youth Leaders (SKY Leaders)

August 10th-13th | Rising 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.

 

Tumalo Day Camp CITs

August 24th-28th | Rising 8th-12th graders

Learn leadership and teamwork skills, while having fun at camp! The CIT program provides great experience that teens can draw from as they apply for jobs, hone their own camp counselor skills, or even apply to colleges. Each CIT is assigned to a small group to assist the camp counselor in all activities, as well as lead songs and games with the other CITs.

Program Details:

 

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

 

LOCATION: Ponderosa Elementary School, 3790 NE Purcell Blvd

Many of our teen programs will take youth off campus and into the community, but daily drop off and pick up will be at our SummerKids camp site at Ponderosa Elementary unless otherwise specified by the group facilitator. Any alternate drop off and pick up locations will be communicated in advance.

 

EXTENDED CARE:

We do not offer extended care for teen programs, but if the program hours are a barrier to registration for you, feel free to reach out to info@campfireco.org and we will try to problem solve with you.

 

COST:

Thanks to grant support specific to teen engagement, we are able to offer these programs on a sliding scale basis. The full price reflects the true cost of the program. The sliding scale options are possible due to grant support. In an effort to make our programs accessible to as many people as possible, please choose the highest amount you can afford on the sliding scale. 

 

WHAT TO BRING: 

Lunch & snacks - We will not be providing lunch or snacks. Please pack enough food to stay comfortable all day long.

Water bottle

Sunscreen

Closed-toed shoes

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

 

CAMP COMMUNICATIONS: 

The program facilitator will share their contact information in the welcome email the week before program starts. Please use this number 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.

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

 

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY: 

Learn more 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.

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