Camp Fire Heartland | Light the fire within

School Year and Summer Camps

Camp Compass Summer Camp

Camp Fire Heartland Summer Camp is back and it is right around the corner!! At Camp Fire Heartland, we give ALL young people the opportunity to experience new things. Some experiences to expect at our Summer Day Camp include hiking the wooded trails at Camp Lake of the Woods, experience and learning about nature and the outdoors, playing Gaga Ball, guest speakers, shooting a bow at our archery range, making lifelong friendships and so much more! Every themed week at our youth summer day camp is new and exciting no matter the camper’s age or week you register for.

We believe in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being. We welcome, affirm, and support young people and adults of all abilities and disabilities, experiences, races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, religion and non-religion, citizenship and immigration status, and any other category people use to define themselves or others.

Click here for our Summer 2021 gallery.



Registration for camp is now open for 2022. Register EARLY, there are only certain amount of spots available. You can register here at our jumbula registration page.


Location: 7310 Oakwood Drive, KCMO 64132 – Camp Lake of the Woods near Swope Park and the Kansas City Zoo
Ages: 6-14 (Must be that age at the start of the chosen session)
Ratio: Our staff to camper ratio is 1:8 for children aged 6-9 and 1:10 for children aged 10-14
Cost: Only $225/child a week. Some scholarships are available
Please Note: We will not run camp over July 4th week this year

Want to know more information about camp?

Please check out our Summer Camp 2022 Handbook here.



This year, we have 2 different types of scholarships. Please read them thoroughly to see what scholarship you need to apply for!

1. Community Action Agency Scholarship

We are proud to be a partner with Community Action Agency, who provides support services to those living in Clay, Jackson or Platte County. This year they are giving us 100 government funded scholarships!

To Qualify, Community Action Agency Scholarships requires:

  • Families that live in Clay, Jackson, or Platte County only.
  • Income in household has to be 125% or lower of the poverty line according to the Poverty Guidelines and regards to household size.
  • Note: 125% or lower falls very close, however not for every family, to Free and Reduced Lunch qualifications. It is also based on if your camper individually qualifies for free lunch, not if their school qualifies for free lunch.
  • Must also have photo ID, a utility bill for proof of residency that is no later than 30 days old, and social security cards for all members of the household.
  • Apply here.
    2. Camp Fire Heartland Scholarship

    Camp Fire Heartland provides a limited number of scholarships each year.

  • For those that do NOT qualify for free and reduced lunch and/or live outside of Jackson, Clay, and Platte County. Therefore, do not qualify for our partner Community Action Agency’s scholarship, please apply to this scholarship.
  • Apply here.
  • If any type of scholarship is awarded, we will provide further instructions.


    Weekly Themes

    Work for Camp Compass

    Summer Day Camp Counselor
    We are currently looking for 3 different time slots of camp counselors to join our 2022 summer team. Our outdoor camp is in the woods near Swope Park in Kansas City, MO. And yes, a place like that does exist! We are surrounded by wooded areas, open fields, hiking and biking trails, and rustic buildings! Check out the job post here.

    Morning Shift: 7:00am-12:45pm (5.75 hours)
    Afternoon Shift: 12:15pm-6:00pm (5.75 hours)
    Full-Time Shift: 8:30am-4:30pm (8 hours)


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    American Camp Association Accredited

    Camp Fire Youth Day Camps are proudly accredited by the American Camp Association.
    We’re hiring experienced, caring, and talented summer staff if you, or anyone you know, is interested.

    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