Classic Club Program
When school is out, Classic Club immerses boys and girls ages 3-18 in experiential learning with peers and caring adult role models. Classic Club continues the historic curriculum that made Camp Fire a household name with an emphasis on service to the community, creativity and fun, and rewarding outdoor experiences. Youth meet regularly in their neighborhoods or at school sites. Teams of adult volunteers utilize curricula that meet educational best practice standards while being flexible enough to be tailored to the individual group’s needs and interests. As youth mature they progressively take on more leadership of their club’s meetings and activities while the adults act as mentors and advisors.
In small neighborhoods or at school sites, children meet regularly to explore the world, exercise their creativity, learn about community service and gain a sense of belonging while having fun. Groups are led by adult volunteer teams who use specialized program materials. Camp Fire’s Club Program involves small youth groups that meet with adult volunteer leaders on a regular basis and are grouped by school grade:
- Little Stars (ages 3-5)
- Starflight (K-2nd)
- Adventure (3rd-5th)
- Discovery (6th-8th)
- Horizon (9th-12th)
Clubs have four important qualities:
- Club Progression: As the children get older they are given more responsibility, choices and leadership.
- Variety: We teach a wide variety of activities and focus on asset-based skills (i.e. honesty, responsibility, compassion and caring, integrity)
- Partnerships between youth and adults: Youth and adults set the direction of activities and accomplishments.
- Rewards and Recognition: Club programs reward participation and achievement that builds self esteem and pride.
The Classic Club Program is offered throughout Camp Fire Columbia’s 8-county service area, with the majority of our clubs in Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, and Clark counties. New clubs are starting all the time.