Camp Fire helps youth dig deep inside and discover their “sparks,” their personally defined nuggets of potential.
Helping a young person become who they want to be takes time and encouragement. It takes paying attention to what sparks a passion. At Camp Fire, that’s what we do. We help youth become the exceptional people they are destined to be, buoyant with potential to do anything they dream of doing.
Camp Fire’s core purpose is to help youth prepare for life, now. Our approach is not one-size-fits-all. Every kid is unique, every family in unique.
Brief History of Camp Fire:
Camp Fire Girls was founded in 1910, and was intended to give girls a chance to enjoy outdoor activities and try new challenges. The founders, Charlotte and Luther Gulick, established a camp named "Wohelo" by taking the first two letters of the words work, health, and love. (Wohelo is a Camp Fire watchword used throughout the program.) The Gulicks selected the symbol of a fire because "Fire symbolized the home, the place of comfort and cheer. The fire is the center of the home and its activities. Friends gather and the family gathers around it."
At the time, Camp Fire Girls was the first American, interracial, nonsectarian organization open to all girls. In 1975, Camp Fire Girls was renamed Camp Fire Boys and Girls, giving children of both genders an opportunity to learn, play, and grow equally. To this day, Camp Fire's coeducational, inclusive philosophy sets it apart from other programs. The name was simplified to Camp Fire in 2001.
Camp Fire Golden Empire, founded as Sem Yeta Council over 75 years ago, is one of over 300 Camp Fire councils across America providing youth the opportunity to find their spark and to THRIVE. From our office in Vallejo, we offer programs in two areas:
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.