Youth Development

Camp Fire First Texas

Light the fire within

Fort Worth, TX   |  www.campfirefw.org

Mission

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

2016

President/CEO

Ann Sheets

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

EIN

75-0851201

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Camp Fire (O43)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS filing requirement

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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
Adults
General/Unspecified
Budget
$1,693,169

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 (0-19 years)
General/Unspecified
Budget
$1,772,294

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
K-12 (5-19 years)
General/Unspecified
Budget
$1,779,735

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation 1953

Awards

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

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 the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person).

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: 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?

    We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: 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.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Camp Fire First Texas

Board of directors
as of 9/4/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bill McCoy

Bank of Texas

Term: 2018 - 2020

Diana Flores

Arlington ISD

Clay Hooper

American Airlines

Donna Harvey

Girls Inc

Lisa Mares

Attorney

Roland Schafer

Bonds Ellis Eppich Shafer Jones, LLP

Kelli Walter

Circelli, Waler & Young, LLP

Kay West

Virginia Cook Realtors

Drenda Witt

Community Volunteer

Jake Yarbrough

Schaefer Advertising

Katie Briggs

AAPL/NAPE Expo

Anne Carvalho

Community Volunteer

Michelle Clark

Texas Christian University

Jason Helton

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Jay Jackson

Tarrant County

Randi Mitchell

Legend Bank

Chuck Mooney

First American Payment Systems

Russ Morris

Gus Bates Insurance

Goldie Rhone

Providence Bank

Derrick Thomas

Fort Worth Fire Dept

Carlos Walker

Fort Worth ISD

Kimberly D'Avignon

Tarrant County DA's Office

Jim DeBacker

BNSF

Christie Eckler

Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Gabriel Garcia

Azimuth Financial Services

Elva LeBlanc

Tarrant County College

Lauren McDonald

Tarrant County College

Travis Patterson

Patterson Law Group

Robert Pike

Whitley Penn, LLP

Robby Reeb

Jackson Walker LLP

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 09/03/2019

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/03/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • 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.

Keywords

children, families, environment, community service, camping, Camp Fire, youth programs, child care training, outdoor education,