About The Camp Fire Experience

 At Camp Fire, we Light the fire within!

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.

Camp Fire’s promise is:

Young people want to shape the world,
Camp Fire provides the opportunity
To find their spark,
Discover who they are,
In Camp Fire, it begins, now.
Light the Fire within

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:

Out-of-School-Time Programs (Clubs)

Environmental and Camp Programs


Camp Fire Philosophy: The five essential elements of Camp Fire

  • Youth-centered
    Youth take an active role in determining program activities. Youth are recognized for their accomplishments. Youth build confidence in themselves and their decision-making abilities.
  • Engages the entire family in fun and outcome-rich activities
    The entire family is encouraged to participate. Families share their unique skills and abilities, and assist with organizing and running activities.
  • Welcoming and inclusive
    Youth find a safe and inclusive place to explore the uniqueness of who they are and develop important life skills.
  • Builds youth and adult partnerships
    By interacting with a variety of adult role models, youth develop a sense of belonging and appreciation, and a feeling of emotional commitment by adults, both inside and outside the family circle.
  • Provides service to others
    Youth is provided an awareness of their community and its needs, and an opportunity to participate in the planning and execution of service projects.