Camp Fire Heartland | Light the fire within

School Year and Summer Camps

Camp Compass Summer Camp

Growing up is hard….. That’s why we give young people the opportunity to connect to the outdoors, to others, and to themselves. Our Summer Camp program creates a safe and inclusive space for young people to discovery who they are, be their genuine self, build meaningful relationships, experience the power and awe of the outdoors, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Our Summer Camp program in 2023 will be better than ever! We will have all our favorite camp activities from Gaga Ball, to Archery, to Hiking, to Water Wednesday! We will pair these activities with an awesome new lineup of weekly themes. No matter what week you chose, each day your camper will be challenged, educated, and able to step out of their comfort zone in different ways.

Extra! Extra! Something new and exciting here!Remember right above where I said this year will be better than ever? Emblems are here! What are Emblems? Recognition is an important part of all Camp Fire programs. It helps youth build self-esteem and pride in their accomplishments. Each week, your camper will receive a unique Emblem for partaking in our “Trail Journeys”. An Emblem is a visual record of the projects and activities they participated in during their time at Camp. Our Emblems will be stickers that you can use to put on water bottles, electronic devices, luggage, and more! Camp Fire Heartland will provide you with one option to keep track of your Emblems your first day of camp!


Registration for camp starts February 1st. If you register between February 1st to March 31st you qualify for our early bird discount and receive $25 off from each week of camp!
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 $250/child a week. Some scholarships are available
Please Note: We will not run camp over July 4th week this year

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 2023 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! All our Job Offerings are posted on Indeed here: Camp Fire Heartland Jobs and Careers |

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)


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.
  • Fill out this form and send it to the email address in the form: YS-FY2022-2023-Enrollment-Packet.pdf (

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: Camp Fire Heartlands Summer Camp Scholarship Application 2022

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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