Celebrating Spark, and Gathering Around Camp Fire

Thanks to all who were able to join us for the biggest Camp Fire party of the year. We had a great time and want to share #Spark2017 with everyone, whether you were able to make it in person or not!

 Youth Leaders At The Helm

Highlights from the evening included youth leaders who took the stage with their sparks. They inspired the crowd with their confidence, leadership, and passion for Camp Fire.

Check out the video below to hear more from one of our youth leaders, Ashe. She’s a middle school student who has been in Camp Fire for 3 years now, and is also a member of our Youth Advisory Committee. Ashe shares with us how Camp Fire feels like a family to her, and provides a safe place where she has grown to become an even stronger youth leader.

“Camp Fire feels like a family. It is a happy place…and life is hard sometimes and you need a happy place.” – Ashe

We kicked off our event with a welcome video message from Governor Kate Brown! She reflected on her experiences as a Camp Fire kid, and emphasized that “Now more than ever Camp Fire is helping all Oregon kids fulfill their greatest potential.”


We showcased a time lapse speed drawing video with Namanu camper and youth artist, Olivia. She shared more on her spark for drawing and the inspiration behind the design for the event logo. We also highlighted stories from Camp Fire kids across all of our programs. Youth relayed the ways in which Camp Fire has impacted them directly, using their own voices.


Event Photos

Photography was a theme at the event, including a silent auction of featured youth photography from a collaboration with Portland’s Artist Laureate, Julie Keefe. We were also fortunate to have two roaming youth photographers at the event, as well as photography by Phototainment Portland and Andie Petkus.

Check out the albums on our Facebook page, and tag you and your friends!


What’s Next?
Corporate Day of Service: May 12th


Our next big event is coming up on May 12th at Camp Namanu. Join us for a morning of projects to get Namanu Ranch ready for the summer ahead. Barbecue lunch is provided, and you get to enjoy an afternoon of fun activities.

Bring a group of your coworkers, or join us as an individual, to represent your business or organization.

Register online or contact us to let us know you’re coming!

 Our thanks to the sponsors, in-kind donors, guests, and generous community that made this event possible! Thank you to each of you for being a part of our Camp Fire family!