Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT AGE GROUPS DOES CAMP FIRE SERVE?
Camp Fire provides services for children and teens, with an emphasis on youth between the ages of 5 and 17 years old.
HOW MANY BENEFIT FROM CAMP FIRE?
Every year Camp Fire directly engages more than 300,000 young people in youth-directed programs. Camp Fire links children with caring, trained adults in a small group atmosphere, while also linking families with each other in their own communities. This allows us to actually serve more than one million youth and their family members annually with more than 30 million program hours.
HOW CAN MY CHILD GET INVOLVED WITH CAMP FIRE?
To find out more about what Camp Fire programs are offered in your area, please click on "Find a Location."
WHAT IF THERE IS NO CAMP FIRE OPERATION IN MY AREA?
While Camp Fire operates in most states, we are not in all of them. We have developed a way to serve families that do not live near one of our established "councils". Camp Fire Fire Tenders serves individual families across the country. Each family that registers with Fire Tenders receives one set of Camp Fire's program materials to use with their children. We refer to Fire Tenders as a virtual council, because most of our communication with participants is via e-mail and an e-newsletter. For more information about Fire Tenders, contact Camp Fire at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-669-6884.
HOW MANY LOCAL COUNCILS DO YOU HAVE?
We currently have 70 Camp Fire councils and community partners serving communities across America. Many other communities are served by Camp Fire Fire Tenders.
WAS YOUR ORGANIZATION ONCE CALLED "CAMP FIRE GIRLS?"
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 became officially 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.