Camp Fire was formed in 1910 by Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick and his wife, Charlotte Vetter Gulick. At its founding, Camp Fire was the first non-sectarian organization for girls in the United States. The goal of Camp Fire was to provide opportunities for development of the "whole" girl. While Camp Fire has changed and adapted over the past 100 years, including expanding to welcome boys in 1975, it has remained true to its promise to give children the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.
Locally, Camp Fire has a tradition of providing quality programs to the youth of South Arkansas. Camp Fire began in El Dorado in 1961 to allow girls to have one-on-one mentoring relationships, develop leadership skills and learn outdoor and homemaking responsibilities through small group settings. It has since evolved into a co-ed youth organization where youth have an opportunity to interact with adults and other youth in a safe, fun environment that allows them to develop personal skills and ongoing relationships with others in the group. With continued growth, Camp Fire’s club membership is now at 500 participants. We have also added various after-school programs and special events that target an additional 200 boys and girls in Union County. Camp Fire’s promise is to help youth find their spark, lift their voices, and discover who they are. We accomplish this mission through club settings, self-reliance courses, outdoor workshops, afterschool programs, day camp, and other special events. Most importantly, Camp Fire teaches children to give back to the community through various service projects.