Camp Fire First Texas has been an inclusive, innovative leader in youth development since 1914.

Woven into every Camp Fire experience is our proven framework for thriving. We call it Thrive{ology}. It’s research-based and measurable. Our framework provides opportunities for youth to grow and succeed in life. Programs include camping, after school enrichment, teen services, environmental education, and school readiness, in addition to professional development for early educators. In Camp Fire, children and youth find a safe, fun and inclusive place – a place where they form lasting relationships, develop a sense of belonging and make positive contributions to the lives of their families and their community We change young lives for the better in our community. Inside and out.

Young people learn how to succeed NOW, through:

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water color paint paletteCamp Fire An Artists’ Christmas: An evening with Emmitt Smith

Art lovers and Camp Fire supporters gather together for the 37th anniversary of An Artists’ Christmas this year starring three-time Super Bowl champion, Pro Football Hall of Famer, author and philanthropist Emmitt Smith. Patrons will socialize, expand their collection of original art, enjoy a seated gourmet dinner and bid on exotic live auction experiences at the elegant Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom in support of the children of our community.

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We Need Your Help

Making a contribution today is simple, but deeply impactful to the youth and families who find a safe, structured and welcoming environment in a Camp Fire program – a place to discover their sparks and lift their unique voice. It is no secret that COVID-19 has profoundly affected the way youth programs are delivered now and in the future. It is also no secret that these programs are just as vital to our community. Your support today ensures a brighter future for the 24,000 youth and families supported by our programs. There are several ways to give. See which option is best for you.

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Read our blog+news to learn about how Camp Fire is connecting youth, growing leaders, educating our youngest community members and lighting the fire within.

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Mindfulness

We must learn to take some time for “you” time which better enables us to handle our many responsibilities.  What this may look like is different for everyone but that makes it no less important for any of us. 

Our Values In Action – Approaching New Projects

At Camp Fire First Texas, our mission is to invest in the community by providing out-of-school time and outdoor learning programs for children and youth while also providing workforce development programs for the educators who care for them. But HOW does the team attain this – by integrating our six main values into the work we do every day. 

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Our Promise

Young people want to shape the world.

Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.

In Camp Fire, it begins now.

Light the fire Within
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