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Camp Fire Heartland Programs
Summer 2014 Programs

Parent Information

Camp Fire believes when youth get the chance to be outdoors, to work with others in the community, and learn to respect nature they better respect themselves. We are proud of the role we have played – and continue to play – in guiding young lives to an appreciation of their own lives and the world we all live in.

Camp Goals

Camp Fire has five specific goals for every camper who is involved in our programs:

  1. All campers will be safe and feel safe.
  2. All campers will be provided a fun and positive atmosphere.
  3. Campers will learn basic outdoor education skills.
  4. All campers will be empowered to help plan their week at camp.
  5. Staff will strive to build a strong sense of self-worth in all campers.

Our Staff
Camp Fire staff are young adults (18 years or older) who are hired for their interest, ability and commitment to working with children in the out-of-doors. Thorough interviews, reference and background checks are completed to ensure that potential staff are not only excited about spending their summer with your camper, but are qualified to do so.

Over 35 hours of on-site pre-camp training and orientation prepare our staff to provide your child with a safe, fun and challenging camp adventure. Staff that are responsible for specialized program areas such as aquatics and archery also have current additional certifications and training pertaining to their activities. All camp staff have current CPR certifications. Our staff are not allowed to accept monetary gratuities. Thank yous are always welcomed and appreciated.

Counselor to Camper Ratio
Day camp activities are structured around small groups. Each group consists of children who are similar ages and may be coed. Usually, the age range is less than 18 months between the youngest and oldest camper in each group. Groups typically have the following staff to camper ratio:

Ages 6-8 1:8
Ages 9-14 1:10

Typical Day at Camp
Each day at camp is unique. We intentionally structure our program to be flexible to best fit the needs of our campers and the weather. There are many activities that might take place while at camp like hiking, swimming, creating art projects, cooking out over a campfire and more. A typical day's schedule is below.

7:30-9:00 a.m. Early Care
9:00 a.m. Check-In & Flag Raising
9:15 a.m. Camp Activity Time 1* (crafts, nature hikes, outdoor skills, etc.)
10:45 a.m. Camp Activity Time 2*
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Swimming/Water Time
2:30 p.m. Camp Activity Time 3* and Snack
3:45 p.m. Flag Lowering & Closing Camp
4:00 p.m. Parent Pick-Up
4:00-5:30 p.m. After Care


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