Camp Fire Central Oregon | Light the Fire Within

Teen Summer Programs

Make friends. Make a difference!


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 while having a blast in a group environment with friends.

Service Challenges | Grades 7-12

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!


  • Teen Summer Service Challenge 1: July 8-11
  • Teen Summer Service Challenge 2: July 22-25
  • Teen Summer Service Challenge 3: July 29-August 1
  • Teen Summer Service Challenge 4: August 12-15

HOURS: Monday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Drop off and pick up will be at our SummerKids Bend location to be named. Teens meet at SummerKids, then ride together in Sparky the Van to their service sites.

COST: $250. Sliding scale available.

SummerKids Youth (SKY) Leaders | Grades 7-9

Youth who have aged out of summer camp but still want to be part of all the fun and excitement can step up to be SummerKids Youth Leaders. Our SKY Leaders add their ideas and voice to SummerKids camp by learning how to facilitate games and activities as well as how to identify their personal leadership styles. Through leading activities, songs, and games for younger campers and based on the week’s theme, SKY Leaders build and reflect on leadership and teamwork skills, all while celebrating summer with their peers. This is a great option for youth who are considering becoming a Counselor In Training (CIT) to gain experience.


  • SKY 1 - Camping Extravaganza! July 15-18, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • SKY 2 - Spark Superstars! August 5-8, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

COST: $250. Sliding scale available.

WHERE: SummerKids location (Bend/La Pine elementary school) to be announced

Tumalo Day Camp CITs | Grades 8-12

Counselors in Training (CITs) gain valuable volunteer, leadership, and job training experience in a fun group environment. CITs build communication and teamwork skills, unplug from technology, connect with their community, and explore, grow, and challenge themselves.

All CITs are invited to stay overnight at Tumalo State Park on the Thursday night of their camp week. During the overnight, CITs work as a team to put on the beloved CIT skit show.

Mandatory training in early June

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.


  • Mandatory overnight CIT Training: Friday June 7, 5 p.m to Saturday, June 8, 3 p.m.
  • June 24-28
  • July 22-26
  • August 19-23

COST: $250 for training and your first week as a CIT. Additional CIT weeks are $65 each.

WHERE: Tumalo State Park (64170 O. B. Riley Rd, Tumalo, OR 97703) in the Day Use area on the west side of O.B. Riley Road.

SummerKids Junior Counselor Internship | Grades 9-12

SummerKids Junior Counselors (JCs) gain practical work experience while still enjoying the fun traditions, songs, and games of summer camp. After a week of training, JCs practice their leadership skills, completing at least two full weeks at SummerKids while being mentored by the SummerKids team. Read the full internship description (PDF).

Interns build their resumes with these transferable skills:

  • Supervision, Leadership, Planning and organizing
  • Activity preparation, Facilitation, Mentorship
  • Communication, Group management


  • Training week: June 24-28, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Two or more practicum weeks: SummerKids sessions from July 1 to August 16.
    Participants can share availability for practicum weeks during the registration process. Work schedules will be confirmed at training.

COST: No cost.

WHERE: SummerKids location (Bend/La Pine elementary school) to be announced.

Financial assistance 

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.

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.

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