Ages: Grades 9-12
Time: Horizon meetings are held once a month on Monday evenings and include a light dinner. At this meeting, teens may sign up for other special events or service projects which fit their schedule.
Horizon Club Teens in Action
Horizon Club Teens in Action concentrates on service, purposeful activity, personal initiative and leadership. The governing body for this program is the Horizon Cabinet, elected by its teen members in June of each year for the following school year. HC is the “umbrella” to Camp Fire’s other teen programs.
Fast Facts about Horizon Club:
- HC--TIA involves high school students in 9th through 12th grades
- Service opportunities are both council and community directed.
- Within the council, teen members volunteer at individual events and programs, sometimes helping others and sometimes coordinating and leading the entire event.
- Horizon meetings are held once a month on Monday evenings and include a light dinner. Other committee meetings are held as needed during the month. Cabinet meetings are also monthly.
- Activities are supported by a parent advisor team and a parent booster club.
The Wohelo Award is Camp Fire's most prestigious youth award. “Wohelo” is a word created by one of Camp Fire’s founders, Charlotte Vetter Gulick, combining the first two letters of work, health, and love. The Wohelo Award encompasses intensive and individualized projects, and requires candidates to plan, lead, teach, and put action in a variety of program areas and issues. The Camp Fire Long Beach generally accounts for 2-5% of the total national Award winners. This award program begins anytime after enrollment as a 9th grader after attending an orientation and filing an application of intent. While the program can be completed in a year, most youth meet the requirements over a 3-4 year period.
Fast Facts about the Wohelo Award:
During the final year and as part of the program, the youth member will put together a binder recording his/her accomplishments which will be reviewed by a committee of distinguished community members.
The youth member is interviewed by this committee. Finally, the youth member works with other members in the same “class” planning the all-council event marking completion of the award.
Day Camp Aides
Day Camp Aides are central to Camp Fire’s training for leadership. These high school students provide specific program support to adult counselors, assist in teaching and supervising children in a variety of activities, lead twice-daily large group assemblies, attend daily program meetings during day camp session, and more.
Fast Facts about Day Camp Aides:
- Day Camp Sessions are in June and August each summer.
- DCAs who complete the 4 training sessions are eligible for up to 3 sessions each summer.
- DCA Training begins in the spring of each year for youth who will be in 9th – 12th grades in the fall following the summer they are a DCA.
- DCA schedules during Day Camp are: Monday – Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Thursday is an overnight: DCAs arrive at 1 p.m. and leave Friday morning at 11 a.m.
- DCAs receive evaluations at the end of each session which can be used for references and they also receive volunteer service hours.
Youth Leadership Team
High school juniors and seniors with demonstrated commitment and leadership skills as evidenced through the Day Camp Aide program are invited to participate on the Youth Leadership Team. Applications must be completed, references are checked, and interviews are held in order to participate in this program.
Fast Facts about Youth Leadership Team:
- Youth Leaders volunteer as counselors for groups in Day Camp not providing their own leadership, as program area specialists, and as youth directors.
- They participate with adults in adult leader staff meetings, often as meeting conveners and leaders.
- There is a substantial training component to this program. The national Camp Fire Counselor-in Training curriculum is a foundation of this program, with special emphasis on team-building, conflict resolution, and peer management skills. Other topics include camper interaction, administration, health and safety, leadership, planning and program, and program practice.
- Training is held on weekday afternoons and evenings and some Saturdays throughout the year.
- At the end of each session, the YLT member is provided a written evaluation which can be used for references and they also receive volunteer service hours.
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