P.O. Box 303040
Austin, TX 78703
Barbara Dunnam (512) 349-2111
Camp Fire works to build caring, confident, responsible youth through active learning, outdoor experiences, and community service. Traditional and outdoor family nature programs, after-school programs, community service activities, and weekend outdoor adventures provide kids and adults with an opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge of STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) concepts, as well as appreciation of the environment. In 2018, over 2,750 Central Texas youth participated.
Audiences: Children ages 5 – 18; Schools; adults can join Backpacking Club.
Backpacking Club: 1- to 14-day instructed camping at state and national parks and state natural areas. Children 10 – 18 as well as adults learn camping, hiking, canoeing, and team building. Camping gear can be provided.
Summer Camp: Day camp at Camp Balcones in Emma Long Park. Elementary and Middle School camps are both 8 weeks. Lessons on geology, native plants and animals, climate, astronomy, water, and camping basics. Activities include swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking, archery, and art, as well as community service like litter clean-up. Drop-offs at main camp; with shuttles from Bowie High, Maplewood Elementary, and Northwest Recreation Center. Scholarships for reduced/free lunch recipients if funding allows.
Winter Camp: Day camp for 5 days during winter break. Shuttles from Northwest Recreation Center.
Traditional Clubs: Each club is designed by Camp Fire members (dues $30/yr.) and held at members’ homes; for ages 5 – 18. Nature-based programs for each club’s interest and instructed by Camp Fire, including field work and community service. Childen receive achievement patches.
After-School Programs: Elementary and Middle schools that secure funding can start their own program for outdoor education, which meet once or twice a week. In 2019, 11 Austin schools participated.
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