Camp Fire Heartland | Light the fire within

About Camp Fire Heartland

Camp Fire Heartland has been an innovative leader in youth development for 105 years.

We have a rich legacy! You might remember us as Camp Fire Girls or Camp Fire USA, which were key parts of our organizational journey. What’s kept us thriving? Our commitment to diversity and inclusion from the very beginning; incorporating youth voice into all we do; our intentional effort to reflect, evolve, and use cutting-edge research to best meet the needs of today’s families; and remarkable people like you!

Our Team

Erin Balleine

Executive Director

Erin Balleine serves as the Executive Director of Camp Fire Heartland.  She is a nomad of sorts, having lived in seven states.  Along the way, she found earned her undergraduate degree from Lakeland University, her master’s degree from Boston College, married her partner Jonathan, and had two sons.  She has worked for and with nonprofit organizations her entire career and is passionate about youth development and the Kansas City community.

Jess Belle

Program Manager

Jessica Belle serves as the Program Manager for Camp Fire Heartland.  Jess loves to spend time outdoors, and so running Heartland’s Summer Day Camp is the perfect job!  She began her career in youth development ten  years ago in Los Angeles and moved back to her childhood home, Kansas City a year ago.  Her goal is to ensure everyone knows that their story is important.

Our Community Partners

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

Thank you to to our incredible partners for your leadership and investment in Kansas City’s youth!

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.


Working at Camp Fire is an extremely rewarding experience. It’s an opportunity to join an innovative leader in youth development and help the today’s youth thrive now.

Come change lives with us!

The following job opportunities are available at Camp Fire Heartland:

After-school Program Specialist
After-school Program Lead


The Legacy


The Camp Fire logos over the years

Our Promise

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