Camp Fire First Texas

Light the fire within

Fort Worth, TX   |


Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their Spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now. Light the fire within.

Ruling year info



Lauren Richard

Main address

2700 Meacham Blvd

Fort Worth, TX 76137 USA

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Formerly known as

First Texas Council of Camp Fire, Inc.

Camp Fire USA First Texas Council



NTEE code info

Camp Fire (O43)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children and youth need meaningful connections with other youth, with caring adults and with the outdoors. Many children are not prepared to learn when they begin kindergarten and by third grade, too many cannot read at grade level. Caregivers need professional development so they can deliver high quality care. Parents need a safe place for children to stay after school and youth of all ages struggle to thrive. Camp Fire addresses these problems by providing: • a safe place for youth to stay after school, helping them find their spark and learn to get along together; • recreational and educational experiences in the outdoors, preparing youth to care for the environment, learn life-long skills, and participate successfully with a small group; • an outlet for teens to learn key skills of thriving, such as goal setting and evaluation; and • opportunities for childcare professionals to enhance their skills, improving the quality of care for children and their readiness to learn.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Early Childhood Programs & Professional Develoment

Camp Fire provides a variety of services related to child care, training of child caregivers, and programs designed to enhance the quality of child care.  Programs include: training to employees of child care centers striving to enhance their quality of care, pre-service for new providers, child development associate credential classes, family child care training, kindergarten readiness, and a child care resource and referral program.

Population(s) Served

Camp Fire offers a variety of programs for school age youth and adults in the outdoors, including overnight camp, day camp, outdoor education, family camping, and community programs.  Many of the outdoor programs are conducted at Camp El Tesoro, a 223-acre site which has been the primary center for outdoor programs since 1934.  Activities are directed toward leadership development, environmental education, and outdoor skills.  In addition, a week long grief camp "El Tesoro de la Vida" is held for children and youth who have experienced a death of a loved one.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Camp Fire provides after school and summer programs plus school completion programs.  Emphasis is placed on youth leadership, education enhancement,  family involvement, recreation and community service.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation 1953


Finalist Medium Business - Best Workplaces for Women 2011

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

CFO of the Year – Non-Profit 2012

Fort Worth Business Press

Affiliations & memberships

American Camp Association - Member 1953

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 1978

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 1983

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1914

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the ability to seek help from and respond appropriately to adults

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Multiracial people, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent, Caregivers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

 Development: To ensure long-term viability by cultivating new / retaining current donors while reimaging our signature fundraiser to engage new audiences
 Cultivate new donor demographics (“next generation supporters”)
 Create Donor Loyalty Program (CFFT being one of donor’s top charities) through Engagement, Retention & Reengagement Strategies
 Utilize most effective technology to increase fundraising/streamline operations
 Continue to grow and strengthen volunteer committees
 Marketing: To solidify our position as a leader in professional development and direct service programs by implementing new organizational identity messaging while supporting enrollment efforts across the agency
 Track ROI for marketing budgets (both standalone and program integrated)
 Develop implementation plan for distributing identity messaging
 Enroll 690 full pay campers in Residential Camp at El Tesoro
 Enroll 155 attendees in 2021 Early Childhood Conference
 Operations: To mitigate organizational risk while implementing critical technology and facilities updates
 Update council & program risk management plans which will include a system for auditing compliance
 Ensure all council computers are running Windows 10. This will require the purchase of new computers (El Tesoro Foundation)
 Renovate pool house & pump room at Camp El Tesoro Upper Pool (to be ready summer 2021).
 Complete Arts Village Project at Camp El Tesoro
 Financial Management: To maximize available financial resources while curtailing operational and interest expenses to operate at zero deficit by end of fiscal year
 Complete clean audit
 Minimize interest expense by paying down line of credit when funds available
 Ensure we take advantage of all funding available through the Consolidated Appropriations Act
 Manage our expenses and income to the Board-approved budget
 Programs: To achieve the highest quality of budgeted participation levels in all programs while increasing our footprint in outdoor education, afterschool programming and early education career pathways
 Increase number of overnight campers attending Camp in Fall
 Secure partnership with Granbury ISD in which all 5 elementary schools attend Camp El Tesoro for Outdoor Education
 Increase number of students moving along an early childhood career pathway
 Secure agreement to provide after school programming at 2 new schools in Fall 2021

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,


Camp Fire First Texas

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Camp Fire First Texas

Board of directors
as of 11/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jake Yarbrough

Shaefer Advertisting

Term: 2020 - 2021

Board co-chair

Anne Carvalho

Diana Flores

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Kelli Walter

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Kay West

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Drenda Witt

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Jake Yarbrough

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Katie Briggs


Anne Carvalho

Community Volunteer

Michelle Clark

Texas Christian University

Jason Helton

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Jay Jackson

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Randi Mitchell

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Chuck Mooney

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Russ Morris

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Goldie Rhone

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Derrick Thomas

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Carlos Walker

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Kimberly D'Avignon

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Jim DeBacker


Christie Eckler

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Gabriel Garcia

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Elva LeBlanc

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Lauren McDonald

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Travis Patterson

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Robert Pike

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Robby Reeb

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/01/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/03/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.