Camp Fire's out-of-school-time (OST) programs are delivered during the school year, primarily serving ages 5–17. Across the country, youth participate in indoor and outdoor age-appropriate small group activities in which they can explore personal interests, learn to make healthy choices, develop social skills, and have fun.
OST programs include before- and after-school, school break, tutoring, mentoring and club programs, and OST short-term courses.
A typical after-school program starts with the entire group together, so youth interact with all ages and are not segregated by grade. After a large group activity, participants are provided healthy snacks and allowed quiet time for homework completion. Directly following homework completion, the youth participate in small group experiences. These experiences typically include games, arts and crafts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities, outdoor experiences, and more. After-school programs are participant-led and end with reflection. Reflection is a unique and critical component of all Camp Fire experiences. It provides youth the opportunity to reflect on what worked well, what could be improved in the future and why. Doing so is essential to success in life at every age.
After-school programs are offered 3–5 days a week during the school year to meet the needs of youth and their families.
Club programs are age-specific and connect youth with caring, trained adults in a small group atmosphere. Clubs meet regularly throughout the year, and youth often remain involved for many years. Club participants choose from a variety of fun and educational activities and projects. Family members are encouraged to participate and support their youth involved in our clubs. Family members become actively engaged and often tell us how much they enjoy connecting with families they would never otherwise meet.