Outdoor experiences, environmental awareness, friendships, and fun play a big part in year-round activities. Camp Fire provides opportunities for youth to realize their potential through regularly scheduled small group meetings, classes, and service projects. Young people build their self-esteem, learn life skills and become responsible citizens concerned about and active in their communities.
In small neighborhood or school-based groups, children meet regularly to explore the world, exercise their creativity, learn about community service, and gain a sense of belonging while having fun. Groups are led by adult volunteer teams who use national program materials. There are four program levels: Starflight, grades K-2; Adventure, grades 3-5; Discovery, grades 6-8, and Horizon, grades 9-12. Groups may be all girls, all boys, or boys and girls together.
Important Benefits of Participating
- Positive Values - Groups & Clubs develop the whole child and include a wide range of activities and skill development.
- Responsible Decision-Making - The program workbooks and Camp Fire philosophies teach children to resist peer pressure and make good decisions.
- Development of Life and Self-Reliance Skills - Camp Fire level progressions build age-appropriate life and self-reliance skills.
- Community Service - Youth work together to find a need in their community and a way to meet that need.
- Caring Adult Relationships - Adults and youth work together to make decisions for the group.
- Recognition and Achievement - Youth receive recognition and earn emblems which build self-esteem.
What's in it for Kids?
- Develop social skills
- Have the feeling of belonging
- Build self-esteem
- Develop strong values
- Make decisions and experience leadership opportunities
- Develop important assets: caring, honesty, integrity, and responsibility!
Camp Fire groups benefit from a full-range of Council-sponsored events including Kiniya service projects, Fall Carnival, Camp Fire Birthday, holiday and community parades, and level events including Elves Workshop, AIDS Holiday gift program, Bead Fair progression event, Wasewagan Weekend Retreats, Winging Ceremonys and Fly-ups, the annual Grand Council Fire, and others.
Camp Fire groups participate, from Kindergarten through 7th grade, in Camp Shiwaka Day Camp, which is Camp Fire's in-town day camp of five acres. Groups set up caper charts and camp sites, cook over the fire, sing around the flagpole twice a day, practice and advance in a variety of outdoor skills, and sleep under the stars. Camp Fire groups also participate in Spring camp-outs at Camp Shiwaka. This event is on a week-end and combines group/club and family tent camping at Shiwaka.
Leadership opportunities are widely available for all Camp Fire kids at age appropriate levels throughout the Camp Fire group experience. For example, individual groups choose officers and organize events, lead flag salutes, and help younger groups with fly-ups.
As teens, other leadership training programs begin, including the Day Camp Aide program for 8th-12th graders, the Camper-in-Leadership Training at resident camp, the Counselor-in-Training program at resident, and the Horizon Club and Cabinet for high school aged youth.
Adults Can Join Us Too!
Adults can make a positive difference in the lives of young people - as Camp Fire volunteers. We invite YOU to join them!
Be a part of an adult volunteer team that gives a group of children constructive choices! Under the guidance of caring, trained adults, groups of 8-15 children meet regularly to explore the out-of-doors, exercise their creativity, learn about themselves and their community, and help others. Training and support are provided to adult volunteers. This is a commitment of at least nine months. Bring your own volunteer team of friends or work associates, or volunteer individually and we'll place you with a local team!
What's in It for Adults?
- Make a difference in children's lives
- If a parent, spend important time with their own child and friends
- Involve kids in enriching activities
- Be a positive role model
- Have fun seeing the world through a child's eyes
- Connect with adults who share similar ideals
- Learn new skills
To find out more about Groups & Clubs, call the Camp Fire office located nearest to you at 562.421.2725 or contact us here.