About Our Programs

PROGRAMS

CONNECTING YOUTH TO

communities & nature

SCHOOL YEAR
PROGRAMS

After-school

CAMPS & OUTDOOR
EDUCATION

Nature-powered programs – Summer Camp and Saturday Club

WE ARE HARD-WIRED TO BELONG.
THAT’S WHY CONNECTION IS AT CAMP FIRE’S CORE.

THE CAMP FIRE

journey

Our program framework is a comprehensive look at
what we do and why it matters.

WHAT WE DO

Create powerful
youth experiences

Community and connection matter now more than ever. Through hands-on, interactive programs, youth build their relationship with self and others.

Meaningful participation

Peer-to-peer engagement

Relationships that are developmental

WHY IT MATTERS

Youth develop
essential skills & mindsets

Connection to Outdoors

  • Comfort in nature
  • Care for the environment
  • Commitment to environmental justice

Connection to Others

  • Relationship building
  • Respect others
  • Creative thinking
  • Community contribution

Connection to Self

  • Self-awareness
  • Positive identity
  • Belonging

Long-term benefits

Camp Fire creates positive experiences that equip youth to lead with skills like empathy, teamwork, responsibility, and respect.

Lifelong love of nature

Civically engaged

Job & career-readiness

Positive societal impact

  • Stewards of the Earth
  • Vibrant & engaged communities
  • Citizens who contribute & lead
  • Workforce ready for the future

My child never wants to leave at the end of his summer camp day with Camp Fire Heartland! He loves the counselors and he loves being outdoors.— Jonathan, parent

I feel like the leadership and the camp itself has become part of our family; it’s an oasis inside our city…— Sarah, parent

My oldest asked if they could go to Camp Fire Heartland all summer next year because it was the best camp they have been to.— Kristen, parent

My child never wants to leave at the end of his summer camp day with Camp Fire Heartland! He loves the counselors and he loves being outdoors..

— Jonathan – parent

I feel like the leadership and the camp itself has become part of our family; it’s an oasis inside our city…

— Sarah – parent

My oldest asked if they could go to Camp Fire Heartland all summer next year because it was the best camp they have been to.

— Kristin, parent

Measuring Camp Fire impact

Every year, we work with Hatchuel Tabernik & Associates (HTA) to evaluate our program results, like:

  • 94% of said that they are able to use new skills to make a decision.
  • 94% of youth said that they get along with those who are different.

344,000

served nationwide in the past 3 years

1300

program
sites

25

states
+ d.c.

94%

of youth feel happy, heard & supported