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.
Our community needs us now more than ever! During this Service Challenge, teens will participate in a different volunteer project with local non-profit organizations each day. We will focus on helping Central Oregon through the current COVID-19 crisis, by providing whatever services are most needed. 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.
*Each Service Challenge throughout the summer will feature different volunteer projects. Youth are encouraged and welcome to participate in more than one!
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).
Nature Quest combines environmental advocacy and stewardship with outdoor adventure around Central Oregon. Each day, we will go on a fun, active outing (hiking, swimming, etc.), while simultaneously learning about land use and giving back to the beautiful locations that support our recreation. This is a great opportunity to 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, nadando, 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 aprender sobre los problemas que afectan a nuestra tierra local, todo mientras se divierte al aire libre.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com and we will try to problem solve with you.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about our registration policies including making payments, our cancellation policy, and our refund policy.
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.