We offer programs where every young person can be their whole self and connect with others and nature in a safe, affirming environment. We take pride in our long-standing commitment to inclusivity and diversity, no matter the ability, background, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, non-religion, citizenship and immigration status, or any other category people use to define themselves or others.
We were the first multiracial, multicultural, and nonsectarian organization for girls in America when we began in 1910. Today, we strive to continue in that spirit and welcome everyone to Camp Fire.
Camp Fire’s Statement of Inclusion: Camp Fire believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being. We welcome, affirm, and support young people and adults of all abilities and disabilities, experiences, races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, religion and non-religion, citizenship and immigration status, and any other category people use to define themselves or others. We strive to create safe and inclusive environments that celebrate diversity and foster positive relationships.
At Camp Fire River Bend and Camp Tannadoonah, inclusion is one of our core values, and we strive to live that value every day. We believe that each young person should have the opportunity to engage in the outdoors freely and safely. To do that, it’s our responsibility to create a space where they can be their full, authentic selves and be accepted for who they are.
Creating a welcoming and affirming environment requires intentionality and continuous learning, and un-learning. We won’t always get it right, but we are committed to showing-up with courage, engaging in thoughtful discussions, and taking action to create equitable and welcoming outdoor experiences.
As we invest in our property and continue to expand programs, creating a welcoming and inclusive experience is a top priority.
We believe every young person should have access to the outdoors. Thanks to the support of generous community partners, camp families, and other supporters, we try to make our outdoor programs accessible to all families, even if camp poses a financial barrier. We are focused on the following:
We recognize that outdoor spaces, including camps, are not always safe and welcoming places to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). You can read more about that history here. Here are some ways we’re working towards racial diversity, inclusion, and equity:
We welcome and affirm LGBTQ+ campers and staff. While our program is focused on young people finding their spark in the outdoors, our staff are trained to navigate age-appropriate conversations and questions as they arise. Here are some of the practical ways we support LGBTQ+ campers:
We aim to provide support and eliminate barriers that may impact a camper’s ability to fully participate. We do require that campers are able to consistently stay with their group, follow our behavior guidelines, and use the restroom, shower, and dress themselves without help from our staff. If you have questions about accommodations, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some things we do to support campers of varying abilities and neurotypes:
Our health and kitchen staff aim to support each camper’s medical and dietary needs. Here are some things we offer:
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.