Camp Fire River Bend | Camp Tannadoonah

The Camp Fire Experience

Why choose Camp Fire?

Camp Fire has a rich history of working with youth, and we have not strayed from the ideals set forth by our founders. We continue to believe that every youth should be given the opportunities and tools to discover who they are, become a strong leader, and contribute to their community. We know that this happens in myriad ways depending on the child. Some learn through school year programming, while other learn through hands-on strategic planning and implementation, and still others learn through their relationship with their environment. No matter how youth learn to raise their voice and shape their world, Camp Fire is there.

Camp Fire was founded in 1910 by Dr. Luther Gulick and his wife Charlotte Gulick, as the first nonsectarian, multicultural organization for girls in America. Camp Fire was originally developed as a counterpart to Boy Scouts. In 1975, Camp Fire opened its doors to boys, and today Camp Fire is open to ALL youth of any race, creed, religion, gender, national origin, economic status, and sexual orientation.

Our local council, Camp Fire River Bend, was founded in 1921. We offer three programs locally: summer camp at Camp Tannadoonah, a Traditional Club program, and our Camp Fire After School program. Our vision for all of our programs is to provide fun and positive environments, and foster a sense of belonging. Our positive role models and programs encourage family involvement, service to others, and promote the development of social skills for building strong youth leaders.


Our Proven Path to Youth Success

Discover sparks, gain self-confidence, and learn life-changing life skills to thrive now! Thrive{ology} is our research-based program framework founded on the pillars of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and it works:


Sparks are the things that make you come alive! What excites you, gives you energy, motivation, and purpose? It can be an activity (basketball) or a cause (social justice).


Learn to push past obstacles, take risks, believe you can learn a new skill at any time, and don’t give up. Kids and adults with a growth mindset are more successful in life.


Decide what you want to strive for and determine how to get there. Learn to adjust your plan if needed or what kind of support and accountability you want.


Find your “aha moments,” whether it’s learning from a mistake or failure, realizing why you were successful, what you like or don’t like, what you want, what you’re proud of…

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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