BEND, Ore. - Camp Fire Clubs are small groups of youth of similar age that meet every week or two after school or on the weekends to exercise their creativity, volunteer in their community, explore the outdoors and meet new friends all while having fun together. They find their spark!
Camp Fire Clubs teach kids leadership, life and social skills, responsible decision-making, public speaking skills, goal-setting, and inclusion as everyone, regardless of their ability or background is welcome in Camp Fire Clubs. The Clubs are led by fully-trained adult volunteers and staff who utilize a national program curriculum. Members earn emblems and awards for achieving their goals.
The Clubs explore 5 different trails:
1. The Trail to Knowing Me: Helps children learn relationship and communication skills and focuses on increasing self-knowledge.
2. Trail to the Environment: Helps youth understand and appreciate the natural world by providing activities on nature, environmental awareness and geography.
3. Trail to Creativity: Stimulates creativity and imagination through activities that involve visual arts, performing arts and creative writing.
4. Trail to Family and Community: Works to strengthen each child’s place in the family and community and focuses on leadership, service-learning projects and citizenship.
5. Trail to the Future: Contains activities designed to develop mental and physical skills. Focuses on subjects such as sports, science and cooking.
For details about the Clubs, locations, trails they will explore, program levels and dates, or to learn about volunteer opportunities and programs, visit Camp Fire Central Oregon at http://campfireco.org/clubs/. Early Bird registration expires October 31st.
Founded in 1916, the Central Oregon council now serves about 500 youths and adults in the Central Oregon community and offers weekly after-school programs, summer camps, leadership development, and skill-building workshops for youth Pre-K through 12th grade.
Camp Fire is one of the nation's leading nonprofit youth development agencies, currently serving nearly 750,000 participants annually. Founded in 1910 as “Camp Fire Girls,” the contemporary, coeducational Camp Fire provides
all-inclusive, age-appropriate, outcome and research-based programs in hundreds of communities across the United States. Camp Fire's programs, including small group experiences, after-school programs, camping, environmental education, and service learning, build confidence in younger children and deliver hands-on, youth-driven leadership experiences for older youth. Camp Fire focuses on “growth-mindset” and Thriveology (http://campfire.org/experience/thrive) philosophies which enable youth to achieve their full potential.
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. For more information about the national organization, visit www.campfire.org, or visit www.campfireco.org to learn more about Camp Fire Central Oregon.