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Causes: Camp Fire, Children & Youth

Mission: 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

Results: Camp Fire continues to strive to reach more youth and families more effectively in more places, deepen the impact of those already engaged in Camp Fire, and lift the awareness of the importance of research-based youth development programming!

Target demographics: Youth ages 1-21

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300,000

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Camp Fire offers co-educational research-based youth development programs that are tailored to the specific needs of youth. Camp Fire offers programming in three main categories: Before and After School Programming, Teen Service and Leadership Programs, and Environmental and Camp Programs

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

I grew up going to a really cool summer camp. This camp isn't just any camp, it is a Camp Fire camp. Not only is this camp apart of the organization, it also runs with the values and passions which Camp Fire upholds. I applied to become a National Youth Advisory Cabinet member so that I could further my role in the nonprofit organization of Camp Fire. As a member of the National Youth Advisory Cabinet, I do not represent the camp or local council that I am from. I represent the voice for all Camp Fire youth throughout this country. Along with 15 other wonderful and dedicated youth, we give youth voice in many of the decisions that Camp Fire Headquarters makes, as well as representing youth at national events. Throughout the time I have been involved with Camp Fire, I have become very confident in myself as a leader. I have also found confidence in my voice, because in Camp Fire my voice matters. It is not just my voice, but every other youth's voice in this country that Camp Fire cares about. Camp Fire encourages youth to lift their voices, because they do matter. I know my opinion on Camp Fire matters, which is why I am writing this review. I am not someone who doesn't know anything about this organization, I am someone who has grown up and into Camp Fire's wide open arms. This organization is extremely inclusive, and will accept and treat others with respect and dignity. Camp Fire wants to help youth members find their spark, through this organization I have found mine.

1 Cici R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a National Board Member, I am constantly impressed by the work of the national team on behalf of our many councils and families we serve. The commitment to council staff and board professional development is extensive and holistic. Most notable is our practive of inclusivity, as it is a principal we value.


Board Member

Rating: 5

As a relatively new Board Member, I've been extremely impressed with this organization. All are caring, passionate, smart people that want to make a positive difference, and they are! To say that this organization fills a void is an understatement. Some of the most impressive attributes of Camp Fire are the inclusionary nature of the org, the range of programs offered, and the flexibility to suit the needs of all constituents. Camp Fire includes proven, successful programs, with responsible adult supervision. The simple yet valuable approach of listening to children, and helping to find their spark, is priceless.