Camp Fire Clubs are small groups of children or teens, led by caring adult volunteers, who meet together weekly, share activities and grow together and individually. Traditional Clubs are groups of youth in the same grade; however Clubs can consist of youth from different ages and grades, each with different levels of responsibilities within the group. Clubs meet afterschool, evenings, or weekends, depending upon the availability of the Volunteer Club Leader.
Club Leaders are working moms and dads, grandparents, and other caring adults who desire to invest in young people during intentional time together. Club Members participate in a fun and safe atmosphere while gaining critical life skills: Contribution, Confidence, Connection, Competence, Caring, and Character. In modern educational research, this called SEL: Social Emotional Learning, and can be a greater indicator of a young person’s success trajectory than their math and reading scores. Reflecting upon their childhood, Camp Fire Alumni often report that the connection with caring adults, and the skills they gained in Camp Fire have propelled them on a path toward success that may have otherwise been inaccessible. Many of our Club Leaders were youth participants.
Club Members progress through the following group levels: Little Stars (Preschool), Starflight (K-2nd grade), Adventure (3rd-5th), Discovery (6th-8th), and Horizon (9th-12th). Through community service, creativity, outdoor learning, and leadership opportunities, young people find their Sparks and learn to Thrive! The Camp Fire Club program material focuses on the following "Trails" or subjects:
- Trail to the Environment – helps youth understand and appreciate the world of nature.
- Trail to the Future – focuses on developing mental and physical skills to help young people achieve their goals in life.
- Trail to Knowing Me – helps children learn leadership, relationship and communication skills with a focus on increasing children’s self-knowledge.
- Trail to Creativity – Stimulates children’s creativity and imagination through activities that involve the arts.
- Trail to Family and Community – Strengthens each child’s place in the family and community, often through service-learning and citizenship.
Every Club is unique, in part because youth help decide which trails they would like to follow in their club, earning emblems and beads upon completion of their goals. They also learn the value of reflection through award ceremonies where youth are recognized for their accomplishments. To find the nearest club for your family contact us below or by calling 805-773-5126.