Camp Fire Columbia was proud to be featured as part of Portland Radio Project’s award-winning Community Voices series. This was an amazing opportunity for Camp Fire youth, staff, and board members. They were able to share their experiences, and all of the ways that Camp Fire has helped them to impact our communities.
If you weren’t able to tune in live, you can listen below to the interviews archived by Portland Radio Project. You can also read the Community Voices blog featuring Camp Fire here.
Youth Voice is a priority for Camp Fire in all of our programming. This includes challenge by choice options for Camp Fire kids in programs, our student-led clubs and projects, and our Youth Advisory Committee. We were especially proud to have Camp Fire youth leaders sharing their stories on the air.
First up was Camp Namanu alumna and CIT, Peyton. She talked about our Youth Advisory Committee, camp life, and our biggest event of the year, Spark: Gathering Around Camp Fire. Peyton’s next opportunity on the microphone will be as our Emcee at Spark, be sure to get your tickets!
Next up was Camp Fire Board Member, Barbara Kutasz. We were so fortunate to have Barbara share her perspective as someone who has served the organization in various ways for over 25 years. This includes her time as a Club Leader with her own children, being a Namanu parent, and also as a member on the Camp Fire Board.
Our Director of Namanu Programs & Facilities, Andy Lindberg aka “Walrus,” was able to talk about all things Camp Namanu. He conveyed how Camp Fire meets today’s youth where they are. He also spoke poetically about the beauty of Camp Namanu. Most importantly, he relayed how our trained camp staff are able to provide more individual attention for youth. He also shared how Camp Fire creates welcoming spaces for youth to truly be the best versions of themselves.
Emanuel and Patrice Kuykendall
And rounding out the week was Emanuel, one of our Youth Advisory Committee Members, and Patrice Kuykendall, Camp Fire High School Program Director. Emanuel has been a part of our Middle School Program for three years. He was able to share how Camp Fire has helped him to further push himself outside of his comfort zone. He gave a lot of credit to being able to establish a growth mindset due to his time at Lane Middle. Patrice wrapped up the program by relaying what is happening at our Spark event, and reminded everyone to join us there!
We were so fortunate to have this opportunity with Portland Radio Project. Camp Fire is grateful for ways that our youth can share their voices and have an impact on our communities. We are always looking for additional options to help further ignite their “sparks.” Contact our Communications Manager, Joe LeBlanc, to get Camp Fire connected with your organization.