Camp Fire Golden Empire, founded in 1939, is the Northern California council of Camp Fire USA. Camp Fire USA has actively engaged youth and teens in building essential skills for life for more than 100 years. We’re proud of our heritage of cultivating community building, supporting academic readiness, and embracing diversity.
Camp Fire was founded in 1910 by Luther Gulick, M.D., and his wife, Charlotte Gulick. They created Camp Fire to guide young people on their journey to self-discovery. The Gulicks felt strongly that young people should have experiences so they could learn to care for themselves, their environment, and the people around them.
Camp Fire has been a leader and innovator from the very beginning.
We’re proud to have led the way on some important issues. For example:
At Camp Fire, We Value
Statement of Philosophy
Camp Fire is a youth development organization committed to building upon over 100 years of rich history and experience in responding to the changing needs of youth. We believe that through informal education programs “kids can be kids,” have fun, learn to set goals, meet challenges, discover themselves, and become responsible, caring citizens. We are dedicated to the philosophy that staff, volunteers, youth, and families are partners in shaping Camp Fire policies and programs, and that the talents of all are essential to our success. Our communications are direct, open, and respectful. We value our unity and differences, recognizing that there is strength in both. Our pledge to all youth will be shown through continually enhanced programs, a stable and broad funding base, and enthusiastic youth, staff, and volunteers who reflect the rich diversity of our communities.
Camp Fire Recognizes Each Individual’s Dignity and Worth
As one of the nation’s leading youth development organizations, Camp Fire takes pride in its long-standing commitment to providing programs and services to all youth and families.
Camp Fire’s Statement of Inclusion
Camp Fire works to realize the dignity and worth of each individual and to eliminate human barriers based on all assumptions which prejudge individuals. Our program standards are designed and implemented to reduce sexual, racial, and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships. In Camp Fire, everyone is welcome.
Click here to read an interview with Cathy Tisdale, Camp Fire’s National President and CEO, discussing Camp Fire’s long history of inclusiveness. (“It Pays to Be Inclusive,” The New York Times, July 19, 2012).
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.