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
A: WoHeLo is a 100+ year old watchword of the Camp Fire organization derived of the first two letters of the three words:
Work, Health & Love. These concepts provided the cornerstone of the organization’s philosophy then and while the program look different , the core values and impact areas remain the same.
A: Camp Fire First Texas has three social impact areas – Work, Health and Love (WoHeLo).
WOrk – Encourage volunteerism, service learning and citizenship
HEalth – Develop the health and well-being of the “whole child” including physical, cognitive and social/emotional health
LOve – Foster a love of the outdoors and environmental stewardship
Through these impact areas, Camp Fire provides the children, youth, families and child care providers the opportunities to explore their sparks, learn to make healthy choices, build new skills and chart a course for success that will carry through the rest of their lives and positively impact their communities.
A: Camp Fire helps youth look inside themselves to discover their “sparks,” allows them to personally define their areas of potential.
Helping a young person become who they want to be takes time and encouragement. It takes paying attention to what sparks a passion. At Camp Fire, that’s what we do. We listen, we encourage, and we provide the opportunity to uncover and nurture each young person’s unique interests. We help youth become the exceptional people they are destined to be, buoyant with potential to do anything they dream of doing.
Camp Fire is led by professional, caring adults using proven methods. Leaders are highly trained role models, who encourage young people to be all they can be.
Camp Fire is open to everyone. We embrace the uniqueness of every youth, teen, and family we serve.
Camp Fire is participant-centered—identifying passions and sparks. Youth are actively engaged and are given a voice, which helps build self-esteem and self-reliance.
Camp Fire helps develop abilities now. We provide a strong foundation for kids so that they prepare for the present and the future.
A: As one of the nation’s leading youth development organizations, Camp Fire takes pride in its long-standing commitment to providing programs and services to all youth and families.
Camp Fire’s Statement of Inclusion:
Camp Fire works to realize the dignity and worth of each individual and to eliminate human barriers based on all assumptions which prejudge individuals. Our program standards are designed and implemented to reduce sexual, racial, religious, and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships. In Camp Fire, everyone is welcome.
A: Yes, Camp Fire was founded in 1910 as an organization for girls and young women. At that time, few organizations for girls existed. But as society’s values changed, Camp Fire realized there were many benefits to making the organization even more inclusive. The organization officially became coeducational in 1975.
Today, Camp Fire brings boys and girls together through one organization, where they learn to play together, work together, and appreciate their similarities and differences in positive ways. They understand that people from either gender can be their teachers, coworkers, supervisors, confidantes, coaches, and friends. For families, Camp Fire’s coed programs allow parents to consolidate schedules for both their daughters and their sons. Our current membership is almost equally divided between boys and girls.
While we appreciate and honor our past, as culture has evolved, so has Camp Fire.
A: Camp Fire is honored to be the first national youth development organization in the United States to implement the methodology for thriving developed by the Thrive Foundation for Youth (www.thrivefoundation.org). The Foundation is a true leader in researching and advocating methods that tap into young people’s aspirations and help them achieve their full potential.
Camp Fire has always been actively engaged in the work advocated by Thrive—helping youth discover their skills, passions, and attributes to stimulate personal growth (referred to as the “science of thriving”).
A: The Wohelo Award is the highest achievement for youth in Camp Fire. This prestigious award, for teens in grades 9 through 12, offers opportunities for personal development, leadership, and advocacy on important issues.
The award is earned by completing an intensive and highly individualized project. Teens design their own individual projects based on their interests, values, and goals. Completing the requirements to earn the Wohelo Award takes hard work, dedication, motivation, creativity, determination, and discipline. However, Wohelo Award recipients tell us it is the most rewarding experience Camp Fire youth will ever have.
A: At this time membership is not a requirement to be involved in a Camp Fire program. We welcome anyone in the community to participate in our programs and event.
A: At this time we are building interest in re-kindling the club-based program. If you are interested in the traditional Camp Fire club program and would like information concerning availability please contact us.
I don’t get stuck because I can always come back to the growth mindset that I learned from Camp Fire…
Jakob D., College Senior; Camp Fire Alum, Former Counselor
My time as a Camp Fire camp counselor is something I’m especially proud of. I learned to never give up, to always keep trying…what I learned from Camp Fire has helped me of live my life with forward momentum. I keep trying to learn new skill sets. I don’t get stuck because I can always come back to the growth mindset that I learned from Camp Fire, and from my elders.
I saw some spark come back to my son, and I am a grateful mama.
My son had many difficulties in 3rd grade, and he was so defeated by the end of the school year. He wasn’t excited about a new camp, but quickly changed his mind after the first day. He also won a Leadership Award, and for the kid that didn’t win anything all school year, it was so very meaningful. I saw some spark come back to my son, and I am a grateful mama.