Giving Youth a Bright Future, From a Rich Tradition

Camp Fire Heartland has been proudly serving Kansas City youth and their families for more than 90 years.

Camp Fire is a 107-year pioneer in developing youth and inclusion. We believe that every youth should be given the opportunities and tools to discover who they are, become a strong leader, and contribute to their community.

Thrive{ology} is our proven, research-based program framework that guides everything we do. This measurable approach impacts kids’ social and emotional learning (SEL), which is proven to be a greater indicator of future success than math and reading!

Our Statement of Inclusion

As one of the nation’s leading youth development organizations, Camp Fire stands on its long-standing commitment to providing programs and services to all youth and families:

Camp Fire works to realize the dignity and worth of each individual and to eliminate human barriers based on all assumptions that prejudge individuals. Designed and implemented to reduce sexual, racial, religious, and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships, in Camp Fire, everyone is welcome.

Read our piece in The New York Times by Camp Fire’s National President and CEO,Cathy Tisdale, about our long history of inclusivity.

Our Partners 

We are proud to partner with a select group of distinguished organizations that share our values and purpose – to encourage all youth to discover their unique interests, develop their self-confidence, and prepare them to be leaders, now.

The organizations below represent a commitment to our youth and ensuring they find their unique talents and abilities to become their best selves.



Get Involved

Contact us or email our Program Director to find a program that fits your needs.