Fort Worth, Texas – February 24, 2014 – “A Century of Sparking Discovery,” a historic collection of Camp Fire First Texas artifacts and memorabilia dating back to 1914, will open to the public at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History March 6.
Spanning ten decades of Camp Fire First Texas’ positive impact on North Texas youth and their families, the exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to experience both the history and the vision of Camp Fire.
“This exhibit will be an opportunity for Camp Fire volunteers and alumni to reminisce and look back on all that Camp Fire has been and has meant to them, but it is my desire that it does much more than that ,” said Zem Neill, president and CEO of Camp Fire First Texas. “The core values of the organization remain constant, even though the ways we accomplish them have changed over time. This exhibit allows Camp Fire to demonstrate its connection and relevancy to children, youth and families today and our dedication to evolve to serve our communities to remain relevant into the next 100 years.”
The centennial exhibit is scheduled for display through October 12, and also will incorporate two “Camp Fire Days at the Museum,” slated for March 8 and April 5. On these days, visitors can enjoy the Camp Fire centennial exhibit while also participating in hands-on learning activities with Camp Fire staff in the museum’s Innovation Studios.
Activities will include a daffodil creation project, fossil match and sorting games, a “Spark Wall”, kinetic games and more!
“The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is so very proud to be a part of the Camp Fire First Texas Centennial Celebration,” said Van A. Romans, President of the Museum of Science and History. “We believe their Centennial exhibit at the Museum will be an incredible asset for our communities. We were very honored to be asked to design, build and showcase their artifacts and wonderful story. The Museum extends its deepest congratulations to the Camp Fire Board of Directors, the Camp Fire Foundation, staff, volunteers, supporters and the thousands of Camp Fire alumni who have been impacted by their WoHeLo spirit. We look forward to welcoming all of you at Museum to see the exhibit.”
About Camp Fire First Texas
Camp Fire First Texas was founded in 1914 in Fort Worth and has provided 100 years of continuous service to children and families. The organization became coed in 1975 and currently serves approximately 22,000 youth, adults and child care providers annually in Tarrant, Parker, Wise, Hood, Johnson and Denton counties.
Camp Fire is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit youth development organizations, serving youth, teens and families in communities across the United States. Camp Fire programs are research-based, delivered where youth and families are via out-of-school time, environmental and camp, and teen service and leadership programs. Because youth want to shape the world, Camp Fire’s focus is giving youth and teens the opportunity to find their sparks, lift their voice and discover who they are. Camp Fire programs are proven to develop young peoples’ skills now so they can reach their full potential.
For more information, visit www.campfirefw.org.
About the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Established in 1941, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, anchored by its rich collections, is an institution dedicated to lifelong learning. The Museum engages children and adult guests through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the history of Texas and the Southwest.
The new $80-million campus opened in November 2009 marking the culmination of an extensive multiyear fundraising campaign. The Museum is open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For more information about the Museum, visit www.fortworthmuseum.org or call 817-255-9300