Camp Fire USA Patuxent Area Council- Metro Washington DC
Camp Fire is dedicated to improving the lives of young people. Camp Fire is helping youth become who they want to be. It takes time and encouragement. It takes paying attention to what sparks a passion. At Camp Fire we help youth discover the their spark.
Leadership. Professional, caring adults.
- Our work with young people is tailored to each individual, guiding them to be their best, a “best” they define themselves.
Inclusiveness. Camp Fire is open to everyone.
- The uniqueness of all young people and their families is embraced.
- Every child is celebrated every day. No exceptions.
Participant driven. Camp Fire is led by the youth themselves.
- Each young person sets their best course, in the direction they choose with no rigid checklists.
- Camp Fire helps develop abilities today. We build a strong foundation, empowering youth for the present and the future.
Out-of-school-time programs. Outdoor Programs, Teen Leadership Programs, Self-reliance and Safety Programs, Driving Safety Programs.
Camp Fire USA adheres to 12 core values that guide the development of programs and the organization as a whole: • We believe that children and youth are our most precious resources. • We believe in an approach to youth development that builds assets and empowers individuals. • We believe that the best youth development occurs in small groups where children and youth are actively involved in creating their own learning. • We are committed to coeducation, providing opportunities for boys, girls and families to develop together. • We provide caring, trained mentors to work with children and youth. • We are inclusive, welcoming children, youth and adults regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or other aspect of diversity. • We respect and celebrate nature. • We foster leadership, engaging children and youth to give service and make decisions in a democratic society. • We provide safe, fun and nurturing environments for children and youth. • We enrich parents' and other adults' lives by expanding their skills and encouraging them to share their talents and build relationships with children and youth. • We respond to community needs with our programs and expertise. • We advocate on behalf of children, youth and families.