Camp Fire USA - Snohomish County Council Programs
Camping Programs We offer a comprehensive outdoor program at our camping facilities: Camp Killoqua. During the summer, we offer week long resident (overnight) camp and day camp programs. We offer Inclusion camp for children with developmental disabilities. We have Camp "Willie" Grief Camp for children who have lost a loved one due to death. During the school year we offer Outdoor Education programs for schools and have weekend Camp Fire events throughout the year. About 33% of the children that attend camp are given a partial scholarship.
We have a year round small group program that is open to all children and their families. In Classic Clubs, 8-10 youth meet once per week with 2 trained adult volunteers. They complete projects from the Camp Fire curriculum. They earn emblems for their uniforms and give service to the community. In Mega Clubs, children from low income housing participate in a club program. These children are provided the program for free with paid adult leaders. We offer Self Reliance Education courses throughout the county. These classes give youth the skills to be safe and make good decisions in our world.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Hold On to Health Our council has a new initiative we will be launching throughout our programs in 2010. "Hold On to Health" is designed to teach youth and their families about the importance of eating healthy, being physically active, and making health choices. In 2009, this initiative was pilot tested in 10 councils throughout the country, including Snohomish County.
Camp Fire offers financial aid for it's programs. About one half of all children involved in Camp Fire and one third of those attending camp are given partial or full scholarship for their involvement. In our difficult economic times, it has been challenging to obtain the funding necessary to provide these scholarships. Our biggest challenge is to continue to provide these important programs for the most "at risk" children of our community.