Traditional Clubs are small groups of youth in kindergarten through high school who meet with trained adult volunteer club leaders to develop leadership skills, self-esteem and resilience. Club experiences offer opportunities to develop planning and decision-making skills, as well as skills related to individual interests. Emblems are earned as projects are completed. Clubs are broken down into the following age groups:
Starflight: Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
The Starflight level is designed for children in kindergarten through second grades. Youth learn responsibility, decision-making and other valuable skills through a variety of projects Youth participate in projects focusing on family, nature and the outdoors, safety, science, health, community service, art, music and drama. They learn while working together and having fun. All projects are designed to fit the abilities and interests of this age level
Adventure: 3rd through 5th grades.
The Adventure level is designed for youth in third, fourth and fifth grades. Adventure members learn to work and play together and develop planning and decision-making skills, as well as skills related to their individual interests.
Discovery: 6th through 8th grade.
Youth in sixth, seventh and eighth grades participate in the Discovery program. In Discovery, Camp Fire youth explore who they are and who they want to be; they plan for the present and prepare for the future. Youth have opportunities to learn how communities work and how, as individuals, they can affect change in their communities. Projects also provide youth opportunities to explore areas of interest specific to them or their clubs.
Horizon: 9th through 12th grade.
The Horizon program is designed for youth in high school. Horizon activities are designed to examine ideas, values, morals and experiences. Projects provide youth opportunities to explore areas of interest specific to them or their clubs with an emphasis on community service.
Summer Day Camp:
Camp Fire summer day camp is open to children who have completed Kindergarten– 6th grade. Each year a different theme is chosen and activities are planned around that theme. Daily activities include outdoor games and activities, campsite cooking, crafts, hiking, creek time, music, archery, and BB gun shooting, Each day at Day Camp has opening and closing ceremonies. The fee for Day Camp covers mid-morning and afternoon snacks, lunches, craft supplies, Camp T-shirt, and other program expenses.
Counselors and Jr. Counselors consist of junior and senior high Camp Fire members, Camp Fire alumni, and various volunteers.
Camp Fire El Dorado partners weekly with the David A. Wetherington Unit of the Boys & Girls Club to provide programming to the youth at that facility. “Sparks”, a program for teens 11-17 focuses on helping youth Thrive by identifying their sparks (passions), developing a growth mindset, and learning to set goals in pursuit of those sparks. A new program for younger youth has recently been developed as well. This program uses the “Wise Kids” curriculum and focuses on making good, healthy choices in life.
Camp Fire also offers weekly programming to the residents of Haygood-Neel Apartments. The youth there are currently participating in the “Wise Kids” curriculum as well.
Various programs are offered throughout the year by the council. They include cooking classes, art workshops, social media/internet safety classes, and self-esteem classes. “I’m Peer Proof”, “I’m Taking Care”, and Valentine’s for Vets are some other programs available.
Camp Fire El Dorado also offers specials events throughout the year. Trail of Treats at Halloween, Christmas parties, and an Easter Egg Hunt are all held annually at Camp Wotapi. Camp Fire Formal for 10th-12th graders and the Father/Daughter Banquet (kindergarten-6th grade) all draw huge crowds. Each year in March we celebrate our kids at an Absolutely Incredible Kid Day Celebration.