Every kid – our goal is nothing short of that. Camp Fire Columbia works to reach every kid where they are, and empower them to build a place where they absolutely belong. At Camp Fire, youth discover the beautiful things inside of them that make them unique and amazing – we call this “spark.” Together, we are supporting the next generation of leaders, artists, teachers, architects, parents, and visionaries who will go out and make this world better.
Camp Fire Columbia’s promise is that confident, engaged, well-rounded youth today can build thriving communities tomorrow. With the help of Camp Fire families, partner schools, staff, funders, and you, we want to grow opportunities for kids from kindergarten through 12th grade, with programming in the school year and in the summer. We want kids to have the sense that we are walking alongside them the whole way, and, through that consistent support, we want them to be inspired to serve and walk alongside the next generation.
This report celebrates the incredible achievements of the youth we serve. Here are some highlights that I am excited to share with you:
Thank you for making these outcomes possible. As I look forward to another year of serving Camp Fire Columbia, I know the support and passion you have offered to Camp Fire will be invaluable in securing strong outcomes for our youth. Thank you for investing in our future and for sustaining the legacy of Camp Fire Columbia.
Emily Gilliland, CEO
As a SUN School provider, Camp Fire Columbia works with K-5 students and their families to provide academic support, service-learning opportunities, and wraparound social services. The programs are provided in the David Douglas School District, in partnership with Multnomah County. In 2014-15, the program served 780 youth, provided early kindergarten transition programming, set up Oregon Food Bank sites at two schools, and created a community garden.
Camp Namanu is a 550-acre summer camp in Sandy, Oregon, which has served more than 100,000 youth since its establishment in 1924. Camp Namanu served 1,584 youth in summer 2015 at both its main and ranch camps. More than $30,000 in scholarship funds ensured that all kids can have a summer camp experience. Said one camper, “I really liked the trail rides, archery, and boating. My favorite activity was making new friends.”
Camp Namanu’s Day Camp in the City program provides camp-style experiences to youth within city limits. Offered in Southeast Portland and West Linn, the program served 284 youth in summer 2015. The program includes field trips, reading time, and enrichment activities. This past summer, the program also offered a “Bridges” leadership program to 6th graders, where students planned activities and helped supervise other campers.
Camp Fire Columbia’s Before and After School (BAS) Program is provided in 11 schools in Portland and West Linn to elementary school youth. Activities include homework time, physical activities like soccer and Frisbee, and a rotating selection of subject-specific clubs that are designed and led by the students themselves. Clubs complement the learning day by teaching principles of science, math, and art. BAS participants also engage in service-learning projects throughout the year to encourage youth to learn about issues in their communities. In 2014-15, the program served 759 students.
Camp Fire partners with 9 Title-I schools in East and North Portland to prepare students for success in high school and beyond, and served 375 youth in 2014-15. Thanks to support from the Portland Children’s Levy and the federal Department of Education, the program works with youth to identify their passions and set goals for their future. Students are provided in-class support to boost performance in core classes. Service-learning projects are designed by students, and have included painting murals in schools to improve their appearance and making care packages for individuals experiencing homelessness.
Camp Fire Columbia supports students at David Douglas High School and the Fir Ridge Campus to graduate on time and get prepared for future education and career options. Offered as a class during the school day, the program provides class credit and is complemented by individual mentoring and field trips to local colleges and businesses throughout the year. Seniors are connected to postsecondary education and career options, such as scholarships to attend community college or internships in their field of interest. In 2014-15, the program served 136 students. 96% of Camp Fire seniors graduated, compared to the district rate of 74%.
Graduation rates for Camp Fire students in high school far surpassed graduation rates for their school district.
Camp Fire’s goals are to enhance youth confidence, academic performance, connection to nature and community, and self-efficacy. Youth are surveyed each year to contribute to continuous program improvement.
From the Audited Financial Statements for Fiscal Year Ended 6/30/2015**