Find Your Voice at Camp Fire
Do you struggle to find your voice and be heard? At Camp Fire, we hear you.
Our staff is trained to work alongside you to tailor our programs to fit your needs and interests. Camp Fire is not your average program. We are committed to our promise to help teens lift their voice and shape the world, to help teens develop to their fullest and lead today. At Camp Fire, it begins now.
Teen Service and Leadership
Just as there are many ways to give service and lead within your community, there are many ways to be a part of Camp Fire. It’s up to you.
- Teens in Action – Our Teens in Action program is youth-led and youth-driven, guided by trained adults. Through our service-learning framework, teens learn to identify community needs, issues, or challenges; decide what issues they want to advocate for, and then take action to make a difference in their communities.
- Wohelo Award – The Wohelo Award is Camp Fire’s highest honor for teen community service and leadership. With the guidance of Camp Fire staff members, teens around the country have taken on issues that most affect them and instituted lasting change.
- National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC) – Our Youth Advisory Cabinet ensures youth voice in policy and decision-making that affects the entire Camp Fire Movement. In addition, YAC members serve as a strong voice for youth and teens everywhere—whether or not they’ve ever been a part of Camp Fire. YAC members are selected annually through a highly competitive application and interview process. Teens who have been active in Camp Fire are strongly encouraged to apply. However, Camp Fire participation is not required. We seek high school and college students who represent the broad spectrum of young people committed to community service and leadership.
Camp and Outdoor
Throughout our history, Camp Fire has connected youth and their families to the environment through our Camp and Outdoor programs.
- Day and Resident Camp – Camp Fire councils offer teens many camping opportunities. Activities include swimming, archery, ropes courses, and many other exciting adventures designed to engage teens and help them build leadership skills while having fun with other teens. Along the way, teens work on thriving skills to support themselves both at camp and in their daily lives.
- Counselor-in-Training – If you love the outdoors and are interested in a career in youth development, Camp Fire offers Counselor-in-Training programs. These programs provide training and mentoring, teaching lifelong professional skills in working with younger youth.
Our Sr. Teens in Action group is a dynamic group of teens wanting to make a difference in this world. This group gets together a couple times a month and focuses on a variety of service projects based on their interests and the community need.
Projects that the group has taken on include:
- Providing a veteran’s appreciation dinner every March
- Several of our Sr. TIA members volunteer as club helpers for the younger members of Camp Fire
- Creating a giant box maze for preschool and elementary students every year at our Non-Scary Halloween event
- Annual Post Office food drive
- Volunteering for the March of Dimes
- Assist with Camp Fire’s annual Breakfast with Santa
- Storm cleanup help for those in need
- Food drives for families in need
- Providing help at Christmas for families
- Providing help with the annual Flag City Honor Flight send-off breakfast at the Toledo Airport
Join us and bring your ideas, talents, and spark and help us make a difference today!
The WoHeLo Award, the highest achievement in Camp Fire, is received by completing an intensive, individualized project that is designed by the individual high school youth. This process takes multiple years to complete. WoHeLo, created from the words Work, Health, and Love, was coined in 1910 as the organization’s watchword. The WoHeLo Award requirements are summarized below.
WoHeLo Award recipients demonstrate:
- -Commitment to Camp Fire’s history and values
- -Advocacy for issues important to themselves and their community
- -Organizational skills
- -Respect for others
WoHeLo Award recipients develop individually through the following paths:
- -Mapping my Way (career options, resume building, future)
- -Making it on My Own (practical living skills, home repairs, budget creation, independence)
- -Choices & Decisions (relationship building, peer pressure, nutrition, being responsible)
- -Celebrating Me (self-esteem, service, leadership, appreciating values)
WoHeLo Award recipients demonstrate a commitment to their community through action and advocacy on three issues (one must be Camp Fire):
- -Leading (organizing, spearheading, fundraising)
- -Teaching (mentoring others, teaching skills)
- -Serving (volunteering)
- -Speaking out (educating others, writing articles, giving presentations, defending grants)
WoHeLo Award recipients are awarded one or all of the following: emblem, pin, medallion. It is the Northwest Ohio Council’s goal to establish a scholarship fund to provide additional recognition and reward for the hard work it takes to complete this prestigious award.