Originally posted May 1, 2018 – “So this is where they keep the stars…”

SUMMER CAMPS! It’s that time… it’s almost camp season. The school-year is winding down, and we’re getting fired up to spend the summer with tens of thousands of campers across the country!

We know there a million different things you and your family can fill your summer with, but these are four reasons why a Camp Fire camp should be one of them:

  1. SPENDING LOTS OF TIME OUTSIDE GIVES KIDS AND TEENS A CHANCE TO DISCOVER THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.

    A few summers ago, 10 campers from the urban core had the opportunity to spend a week at one of our summer camps in Texas. It was their first time in nature. One night, they went up to the high point at camp to take in the night sky, and a young girl said, “So this is where they keep the stars…”

    Do YOU remember seeing the stars for the first time? These are kinds of magical moments we help youth experience each week.

    Since our start in 1910, we’ve been leading youth connect to nature and develop a deeper appreciation of the outdoors. Be on the lookout for our upcoming blog post, “The big benefits of being in nature.”

    CAMP FIRE ALASKA

  2. “LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.”

    Of course our goal is for youth to have fun, but that is just one piece of the puzzle. Creating a the ideal environment for self-discovery is what we do best. We will nudge your kids or teens out of their comfort zone and challenge them to try things they’ve never tried before.

    Spending even just a week at camp can make a big difference. We love to see kids and teens spend time with people they may never have interacted with before, to really practice using a growth mindset in solving problems together or overcoming a fear, and to learn something about themselves they never would have if they had spent the whole summer inside, on their tablet or phone.

  3. CAMP FIRE CAMPS MEET YOU WHERE YOU ARE.

    We have more than 140 camps nationwide, all with unique opportunities for your kids. Camp is never a “one-size-fits-all” experience, which is why Camp Fire’s expertise offers camps that will meet you where you are in life so you can really thrive.

    Overnight (or resident) camps, day camps, and specialty camps: all of our camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. Explore camps on our website to see which one is near you, and be looking for our post next week highlighting some of our unique camp opportunities.

    CAMP FIRE INLAND NORTHWEST

  4. OUR HIGHLY TRAINED AND CARING STAFF ARE PUMPED TO SPEND THE SUMMER WORKING WITH YOUR CHILD TO FIND THEIR SPARK.

    We are dedicated to helping kids find their spark, lift their voice, and have the best camp experience possible. Our caring Camp Fire staff is a dedicated “Spark Champion” for your child.

    In a 2016 survey, 83% of youth said adults in Camp Fire encourage them to explore the things they are interested in, and 82% of youth said adults in Camp Fire help them solve problems instead of telling them what to do. We’re experts at what we do, and we care about developing thriving, successful youth!

WE CANNOT WAIT for camp to start! Will you join us? Find a council near you and register for camp. See you there!