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 and leadership training 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.
A fun, unique and unforgettable experience for kids. Tumalo Day Camp is a group outdoor learning experience that lets kids share joy and responsibility while making new, lasting friendships. Counselor in Training opportunities for 8th-12th graders. Learn more here!
Service Challenges are awesome opportunities for teens to give back to their community in a fun group environment. Teens will participate in a different volunteer project with local non-profit organizations each day. Participants will 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!
As the first step in our summer leadership progression from camper to counselor, this program is designed for youth who have aged out of summer camp but still want to be part of all the fun and excitement camp entails. SummerKids Youth Leaders (SKY Leaders) add their own voice and sparks to SummerKids camp by learning how to explain and facilitate games and activities as well as how to identify their personal leadership styles.
The SummerKids Junior Counselor(JC) Internship is the last step before a potential paid position as a SummerKids Counselor. The internship is designed to give teens practical work experience while exploring their leadership styles. They will record hours, be responsive to emails, and learn how to be professional in a workplace. Teens will learn resume building skills as well as go through an interview process with Youth Career Connect as part of the internship process. JC's will act as 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 and a subsequent 2 full weeks (5 consecutive days each) of service to SummerKids (service weeks are flexible and chosen by the participant at the start of training).
Upon completion of the internship, JCs will work with Youth Career Connect to get elective credits at their High School. Additionally, they will be invited to apply for up to 2 weeks of paid work with Camp Fire's extended care program.
As the next step towards becoming a counselor, our Counselor in Training (CIT) Program will show you a different side of camp. Tumalo Day Camp is an outdoor camp based in Tumalo State Park. CITs will build on their skills from SkyLeader Training with more group management practice, game facilitation, supervision, and of course songs! CITs are an honored tradition at Tumalo Day Camp as well as a great way to gain experience and have fun. Each CIT will be assigned to a counselor mentor where they will work together to run activities and do projects.
All CITs are invited to camp out on Thursday night. The CITs assigned to work with 4th-6th grade groups should plan to camp out with their group on Thursday night, and the CIT assigned to the 7th grade group should plan to camp out with their group on both Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Mandatory training on June 3rd & 4th - To make sure all of our CITs are well trained and know what is expected of them at camp, we will have a mandatory training at Tumalo State Park in early June. Even if you have been a CIT before, training is important to ensure that you bond as a team and that you are a part of planning any special themes or activities for camp. And, it's fun! Details will be sent out in an email prior to the training.
Tumalo Day Camp CITs: 9:00am-2:00pm
Service Challenges and SkyLeaders: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
SummerKids Junior Counselors: 10:00am-4:30pm
Tumalo Day Camp CITs: Tumalo State Park, 64170 O. B. Riley Rd, Tumalo, OR 97703. Camp is held in the Day Use area of the park on the west side of O.B. Riley Road.
Service Challenges, SkyLeaders and Junior Counselors: Drop off and pick up will be at our SummerKids camp (Lava Ridge Elementary School)
Tumalo Day Camp CITs: $160/one week, $35/each additional week
Service Challenges and SkyLeaders: $200
SummerKids Junior Counselor Internship: Free
Financial assistance is available for all of our programs. Thanks to grant support specific to teen engagement, we are able to offer a few select teen programs on a sliding scale basis. The full price reflects the true cost of the program. Please choose the highest amount you can afford on the sliding scale. Other teen programs follow our standard financial assistance process. Learn more about our financial assistance process here.
Learn more about our registration policies including making payments, our cancellation policy, and our refund policy.
SPACE IS LIMITED:
Don't wait to register... High-quality youth programs are in high demand. Camp Fire programs are kept small to ensure a great Adult:Youth ratio and create the best learning experience possible.
Space is limited and many sell out quickly! If the program is sold out, please add yourself to the wait list.
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.