Outdoor Wilderness Leadership Survival (OWLS) are school clubs at middle and high schools.

OWLS Environmental Service-Learning Framework promotes collaboration and input, giving youth a voice and a choice in activities such as:

  ·     planning and participating in monthly Central Coast hikes at pristine beaches, oak covered mountains, or the Carrizo Plains, home to eagles and condors;

  ·     attending weekend/week-long camps at local Camp Fire camps, State or National Parks

  ·     participating in a week-long high Sierra backpacking trip;

  ·     involvement in marine studies at Point Sal State Beach, Pismo State Dunes, Morro Bay Estuaries, or Cambria State Marine Park;

  ·     planning a Leave-A-Legacy conservation project: identifying camp & community environmental needs; petitioning & advocating local environmental causes, tree plantings or trail-building

  ·     exploring environmental careers and developing skills for roles in Camp Fire and other outdoor organizations. 











Camp Fire Central Coast is the recipient of a $20,000 Matching Grant from the Woods Foundation. We're excited to share this opportunity to connect with more youth, providing Outdoor Wilderness Leadership and Survival programming, introducing young people to the outdoors through hiking and camping.

With this grant, a gift of $500 becomes $1,000; a gift of $20 becomes $40. Just think how far your donation can go and how many young people will benefit!

In Camp Fire, everyone is welcome. We recognize the dignity and worth of each individual and help each young person find their Sparks - what is unique and special about each of us.

OWLS provides young people the opportunity to connect with nature and with one another in new ways, gain new insights and skills, and make personal discoveries that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Never has this outreach been more critical. Schools are finding it is more and more difficult to engage and motive youth in positive ways. Studies confirm that children and youth who participate in quality outdoor learning experience many significant benefits including increased self confidence, decreased behavioral concerns, and even improved academic performance.

Be sure to tell your friends and loved ones about this critical and exciting work. We appreciate your support.


Please click HERE to support OWLS. You can keep up with our fundraising progress by viewing the thermometer of donations on our website homepage.