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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An Artists’ Christmas

Go beyond the ballroom with An Artists’ Christmas At-Home Gala and Auction. Art lovers and supporters of Camp Fire will come together in homes across our community to bid on art donated by local and nationally recognized artists and engage in a live auction featuring luxury packages.

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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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Reflections – A Blog

Camp Fire programs use Thrive{ology} as a framework, which includes a segment called “Reflections” at the end of a program or task, as a review of what was learned, what went well or not so well, and the lessons learned. Today, I thought it appropriate to do a little reflecting myself, as I left the Camp Fire Resource Center for the last time as the President/CEO, the end of a 43-year experience working for Camp Fire First Texas.

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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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