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Camp Fire First Texas

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camp Fire, Children & Youth, Youth Community Service Clubs, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: 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

Direct beneficiaries per year: Camp Fire First Texas annually serves more than 24,000 youth, adults, and child care providers.

Geographic areas served: Camp Fire First Texas serves six Texas counties including Tarrant, Denton, Parker, Johnson, Hood and Wise Counties.

Programs: Camp Fire First Texas provides youth the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice and discover who they are through out-of-school programs, camping, outdoor environmental education, service learning and a child development center. Camp Fire also offers child care professional training and child care resource and referral.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This org is dedicated to serving youth and their families through research, evidence based care and programming.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization getting kids involved in outdoor education, making positive and meaningful memories, and support needs of youth development.

Dorothy Coleman W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I began my work with Camp Fire First Texas in 2010 as my "retirement gig". I'm still here 10 years later, because it gives me hope that we are making the world a more welcoming place for children and youth.

Camp Fire helps youth dig deep inside and discover their "sparks," their personally defined nuggets of potential. Helping a young person become who they want to be takes time and encouragement. It takes paying attention to what sparks a passion. At Camp Fire, that's what we do. We listen, we encourage, and we provide the opportunity to uncover each young person's unique interests. We help youth become the exceptional people they are destined to be, buoyant with potential to do anything they dream of doing.

Camp Fire is led by professional, caring adults using research based best practice methods. Program leaders are highly trained role models, who encourage young people to be all they can be. Camp Fire is open to everyone. We embrace the uniqueness of every youth, teen, and family we serve. Camp Fire is participant-centered--identifying passions and sparks. Youth are actively engaged and are given a voice, which helps build self-esteem and self-reliance.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Camp Fire First Texas is one of the best managed non-profits in our area. The Board and Staff work collaboratively together to serve the youth with programming that is imaginative and meets committee needs. As a child, my favorite Camp Fire experience was camp. The outdoors is a learning space that teaches about our creation, the environment, in a caring and fun atmosphere. El Tesoro, the gem of Camp Fire First Texas is an outdoor experience designed with children and youth in mind. A must experience!

1 chames

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Fire First Texas greatly influenced my two sons early on in their young lives. As a new parent, Camp Fire's onsite child care center provided high-quality care that truly gave my sons a head start in their education. Nurturing staff, combined with structure and age-appropriate learning, helped my sons not only learn their ABC's but gain confidence and important social skills as well. Camp Fire's day camp program and family camping helped my sons explore nature as well as activities like archery, which my youngest son still enjoys to this day. So when Camp Fire says they help young people ignite their "spark" they really mean it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love Camp Fire First Texas! My child has been involved in several programs, including summer day camp and afterschool at Diamond Hill Station. The staff and leadership have such a heart for youth, and do so much to make kids feel special every day. We love the emphasis on personal responsibility, creativity and empathy. We've made so many memories through Camp Fire and can't wait to get involved in more.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My children have been involved with Camp Fire First Texas since they were five and two- years old. That has spanned 15 years. I cannot speak more highly about the role and impact these programs have had on my boys. Now, with a third kiddo who is just now old enough to start day camps, we are looking forward to starting a new journey through the programs. Camps, day camps, after school and teen programs are outstanding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a past board member and current volunteer I continue to be impressed with the leadership and staff. A first rate organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Fire has so many wonderful programs that help children in our community, like their overnight camp El Tesoro in Granbury as well as the week-long overnight grief camp, which provides support and counseling to kiddos who have lost a love one. The benefit of counseling in this week-long camp environment is so impactful for youth dealing with grief.

Camp Fire also offers after-school programs on-site at elementary schools which is so convenient for the children as they don't have to be transported to another location for care. They can stay in school and get care until parents get off work to pick them up! Both of my children have attended Camp Fire after school programs.

I highly recommend Camp Fire!

1 Jake Y.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Camp Fire First Texas is a wonderful organization with a wonderful mission. I've been proud to support Camp Fire First Texas with my time and resources for more than a decade.

1 SMitchell

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Camp Fire programs are full of fun, encourage a growth mindset and expose kids to new ideas and experiences. I can't say enough wonderful things about their camp programs - overnight and family camp at Camp El Tesoro. My son attends the day camp program in North Fort Worth at Diamond Hill Station, he loves the staff and can't wait to return each day. We love Camp Fire First Texas!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Fire programs are great for my family! My children attend the child development center, summer day camp at Diamond Hill Station and family programs at Camp El Tesoro. The staff are always so wonderful and the purpose and intention of the curriculum behind each program is evident and so well delivered.