Camp Fire is an organization that truly lives up to its promise. When you participate in Camp Fire, you know you will be comfortable being yourself, you will make friends, and you will get to participate in programs that make a difference. When you volunteer for Camp Fire, you can expect to be changed forever. Witnessing how Camp Fire impacts lives is not something that you will soon forget. When you donate to Camp Fire, you can be assured that your money is directly impacting the youth Camp Fire serves. Your donation goes to funding state of the art programs, tools, and assistance for kids to learn, grow, and just be kids!
Camp Fire goes above and beyond to help children find their sparks. They don't wait for kids to grow up, or force them to grow up before they are ready. They get engaged with them now. They come along side them through collaboration with families, schools, communities and care givers. Kids need allies now more than ever. Camp Fire is here to light the fire within youth, and keep it burning throughout their lives.
Camp Fire is more than an organization. It is a group of people who truly care about children, youth, and teens growing up in this country. They are inclusive - all are welcome at Camp Fire. Youth have a big say in what happens in Camp Fire. The Youth Advisory Cabinet is made up of young people from across the country who come together to plan what Camp Fire does. At a recent focus group, one of them said, "Because of Camp Fire, I am a much, much better person."
The one thing in my life that made me who I am is my membership in Camp Fire. My mom let me join with I was 6 and I have stayed involved for over 50 years. In Camp Fire I learned to be a leader, that I was a strong person with many talents, that I could do anything I tried and to try things that I had never tired. I learned that there were amazing adults who cared about me, our community and giving service. There were many areas where I was not at the top of the class but in CAmp Fire it did not matter. I was accepted for who I was and encouraged to increase my knowledge and skills so I could be successful in life. I also learned that the out of doors was a great place to learn. I learned to survive difficult situations, to be a critical thinker, to cook using limited resources--a skill that has served me well, and so very much more. My children all are members of Camp Fire and today they are well vested in the WoHeLo Spirit of service, caring, and being amazing young people.
Camp Fire is doing a great job with their updated branding and increased outreach. I recommend this organization for anyone looking for a great youth organization. Local councils and the national organization work together to develop excellent opportunities for youth and adults.
Camp Fire's youth development work and outcome measures is ahead of their time! National partnerships that help local affiliates work with youth and leaders is essential in any national organization and Camp Fire does this well.
As a consultant, I helped Camp Fire USA develop a health curriculum for children. My experience working with the organization's national and local staff was wonderful. Everyone clearly cared about ensuring that kids would have a top-notch after-school experience. The national staff members I worked with were consistently hard-working, creative, and responsive. They were also appreciative of my efforts, and I would love to work with them in the future.