Personal exploration that complements education.
Camp Fire Out of School Time Programs
Our After School programs are not only delivered “after” school. In many communities, Camp Fire partners with schools to deliver programming before and after school, offering youth the opportunity to work with their peers and our trained, caring adults. Programs delivered include:
- Conflict resolution
- Health and wellness
- Digital literacy
- Community action
- Mentoring and tutoring
- Outdoor education
- Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
What Youth Do at After School Programs
After school programs are structured in collaboration with schools to ensure that Camp Fire programs complement each youth’s education. For many schools, a daily program is structured like this:
First 30 minutes: Icebreaker & teambuilding activities
Second 60-90 minutes: Exploration period – Activities could include conflict resolution, cyber-bulling, digital literacy, community action programs, outdoor and environmental education, health and wellness, STEM, or mentoring and tutoring
Final 30 minutes: Reflection time; prepare for parent pick-up
Youth are encouraged to manage their time in a way that aligns with their passions and unique talents. And, our trained adult staff gathers youth input to tailor curricula to meet the needs and nurture the sparks of the youth in the program.
Camp Fire’s Wise Kids is a health and wellness curriculum program that is based on the simple theory of “energy in = energy out” to teach children about eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle in a fun interactive way.
Wise Kids Outdoors
Similar to Wise Kids, Wise Kids Outdoors combines the theory of “energy in = energy out” with outdoor education.
Camp Fire’s Conflict Resolution program teaches youth lifelong skills around reducing, avoiding, and communicating in conflict situations. Other focus areas include digital literacy, safety and individual rights.
Camp Fire’s Building Blocks is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) enrichment program for youth grades K-8. The program uses Samsung tablet technology to explore and create new innovations for a better tomorrow.
Communication with peer groups and adults is crucial to thriving and success for youth and teens today. Camp Fire’s InterACTION focuses on healthy communication and conflict resolution.
Teens in Action
Camp Fire’s Teens in Action program gives teens the opportunity to give back and make a huge impact in their community.
Where are we now?
Camp Fire is currently offering family camp and after school programs in the Dallas area.
Camp Fire After School Programs in Your Area
Although Camp Fire is providing after school programming to many schools, we are not working with every school. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like Camp Fire to contact your school.
Traditional Club Programs
Club programs are age-specific and connect youth with caring, trained adults in a small group atmosphere. Clubs meet regularly throughout the year, and youth often remain involved for many years. Club participants choose from a variety of fun and educational activities and projects. Family members are encouraged to participate and support their youth involved in our clubs. Family members become actively engaged and often tell us how much they enjoy connecting with families they would never otherwise meet.
Camp Fire uses the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) tool to ensure each program meets the requirement for safe, high quality youth development programming. Weikert’s youth development approach is based in positive youth development research, and the desire to create a safe, supportive, and productive environment for youth. The approach, pictured in the pyramid, is premised on the belief that it is a youth worker’s job to set up an environment for youth in which needs are met and learning is encouraged—to create a space in which youth can thrive. The pyramid provides a way to organize the many, many things a youth worker does to build a great experience for young people. For more information, visit http://www.cypq.org/about/approach.