Personal exploration that complements education.

Camp Fire After-School Programs

Our After-School programs are not only delivered “after” school. In many communities, Camp Fire partners with schools to deliver programming before and after school, offering youth the opportunity to work with their peers and our trained, caring adults. Programs delivered include:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Health and wellness
  • Digital literacy
  • Community action
  • Mentoring and tutoring
  • Outdoor education
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

What Youth Do at After-School Programs

After-school programs are structured in collaboration with schools to ensure that Camp Fire programs complement each youth’s education. For many schools, a daily program is structured like this:

First 30 minutes:  Icebreaker & teambuilding activities

Second 60-90 minutes:  Exploration period – Activities could include conflict resolution, cyber-bulling, digital literacy, community action programs, outdoor and environmental education, health and wellness, STEM, or mentoring and tutoring

Final 30 minutes:  Reflection time; prepare for parent pick-up

Youth are encouraged to manage their time in a way that aligns with their passions and unique talents. And, our trained adult staff gathers youth input to tailor curricula to meet the needs and nurture the sparks of the youth in the program.

Wise Kids 

Camp Fire Wise Kids®  is a health and wellness curriculum program that is based on the simple theory of “energy in = energy out” to teach children about eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle in a fun interactive way.

Wise Kids Outdoors

Similar to Wise Kids, Camp Fire Wise Kids® Outdoors combines the theory of “energy in = energy out” with outdoor education.

Conflict Resolution

Camp Fire’s Conflict Resolution program teaches youth lifelong skills around reducing, avoiding, and communicating in conflict situations. Other focus areas include digital literacy, safety and individual rights.

Building Blocks

Camp Fire’s Building Blocks is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) enrichment program for youth grades K-8.  The program uses Samsung tablet technology to explore and create new innovations for a better tomorrow.
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InterACTION

Communication with peer groups and adults is crucial to thriving and success for youth and teens today. Camp Fire’s InterACTION focuses on healthy communication and conflict resolution.

Teens in Action

Camp Fire’s Teens in Action program gives teens the opportunity to give back and make a huge impact in their community.

Where are We Now?

Camp Fire is a proud collaborating partner with KidZone in USD 500. The goal of Kidzone is to provide childcare services, academic enrichment, and youth/social development activities to all families of elementary students in USD 500 – Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools.

Camp Fire After-School Programs in Your Area

Although Camp Fire is providing after-school programming to many schools, we are not working with every school. Please contact us at heartland@campfire.org if you have questions or would like Camp Fire to contact your school.


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Program Quality

Camp Fire uses the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) tool to ensure each program meets the requirement for safe, high quality youth development programming.  Weikert’s youth development approach is based in positive youth development research, and the desire to create a safe, supportive, and productive environment for youth. The approach, pictured in the pyramid, is premised on the belief that it is a youth worker’s job to set up an environment for youth in which needs are met and learning is encouraged—to create a space in which youth can thrive. The pyramid provides a way to organize the many, many things a youth worker does to build a great experience for young people.  For more information, visit http://www.cypq.org/about/approach.