Camp Fire Central Puget Sound

aka Camp Fire Central Puget Sound   |   Seattle, WA   |  http://www.campfireseattle.org

Mission

We inspire and enable youth of all backgrounds and abilities to discover their spark, value the natural world, and become tomorrow's leaders, today.

Ruling year info

1958

Executive Director

Mr Rick Taylor

Main address

2414 SW Andover Street, Suite D-105 Suite 205

Seattle, WA 98106 USA

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Formerly known as

Camp Fire Central Puget Sound Council

EIN

91-0575953

NTEE code info

Camp Fire (O43)

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Our programs

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School Year Youth Program

Our Group Program has been the foundation of Camp Fire for over a century. Led by adult volunteers and guided by the national Camp Fire curriculum, boys and girls age pre-K through high school meet regularly in schools and neighborhoods to develop friendships, build self-esteem and citizenship, have fun, learn new skills, and make good decisions that impact their lives and that of their community. While each group selects, plans, and carries out its own group activities, they have as a resource the nationally-produced extensive and outcomes-rich Camp Fire curriculum, which is tied to the academic standards of the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning. The process of working together creates friendships and teamwork, and encourages communication, goal setting, and evaluation for future planning.

Population(s) Served

Our Council established the first permanent resident camp for girls in the State of Washington at Camp Sealth in 1920. Camp Sealth offered one of the first successful efforts in the Puget Sound region to provide quality outdoor experiences for children with special medical needs by bringing children with diabetes to Camp Sealth in 1939.

Camp Sealth encompasses nearly 400 acres of pristine forest and including 1.5 miles of shoreline along Colvos Passage. Attending Camp Sealth allows children a safe and inviting place where they can find their own voices and individuality among highly trained and dedicated staff, other children, and a beautiful natural setting. At our camp, children have a supportive environment where they can prevail against their anxiety of being away from their families, learn that their opinions can influence group decisions, work in teams of other children to achieve goals, see all people as valuable regardless of diverse backgrounds or challenges, and uncover their individuality and strengths.
 

 

 

 

 

 

The activities available at our camps include:


Classic camp – offers traditional camp experience


Horse camp – emphasizes fun, safety, and equestrian skill development


Construction camp – provides youth with two weeks of working with the camp maintenance staff to complete projects to benefit the camp, while campers gain practical skills


Photography – invites campers to learn about composing and taking photos, developing black and white prints, and taking a field trip to a professional photographer’s studio


Nocturnal – offers campers opportunities to explore the nighttime world


Outback – provides campers with new experiences spending days and nights outdoors sleeping in the woods and learning outdoor skills


Backpacking – offers campers activities to explore the Pacific Coast and the forests of the Olympics


Archery – teaches campers safety and accuracy in a hobby environment


Canoe/kayak – helps youth acquire techniques and water safety practices


Windsurfing/sailing – offers campers activities to learn techniques and water safety practices

 

 

All of our camp programs, ranging from archery to astronomy to equestrian to weather to waterfront, are focused on helping young people develop skills and values that will serve them the rest of their lives. We work towards youth development outcomes that benefit young people by changing their behavior, skills, knowledge, attitudes, values, condition, or attributes. The following outcomes provide the foundation for the design of our programs:


Increase knowledge of and appreciation for the natural environment,


Increase knowledge of and appreciation for science,


Increase sense of competency and empowerment,


Greater self-awareness and positive values, and


Increase social skills and a sense of belonging.

Population(s) Served

Camp Fire Day Camp is an all-volunteer led day camp program for youth going into Kindergarten through 7th grade. Older youth serve as role models for younger kids while gaining real work experience and valuable training, while adult volunteers ensure the continuation of outstanding programming, an excellent safety record, active volunteer planning committees, and fun program traditions. Our American Camp Association-accredited program provides increased independence and new experiences in the natural world that lead to greater self-confidence, competence and maturity for youth participants and adult volunteers.

Population(s) Served

More than 1,500 students visit Sealth during the school year for customized Environmental Education programming to enhance their in-class curriculum. Students experience three or more days of hands-on, interactive learning about sustainability and the three natural ecosystems present at Camp Sealth – Forests, Wetlands, and Marine/Intertidal. Youth learn how humans affect the natural world through activities about ecosystems, natural diversity, basic science and ecology, how personal choices affect the environment, and stewardship of the earth. An ongoing partnership with Puget Sound Energy allows us to demonstrate sustainable energy use as our youth explore marine touch tanks whose pumps operate on solar and wind power.
Our highly regarded curriculum is aligned with the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements.

Population(s) Served

In addition to our hugely popular counselor in training programs, we also provide teen retreats, leadership workshops and service days throughout the school year.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Through participation in Camp Fire programs:

Youth will develop knowledge & appreciation for the natural world.

Youth will develop & build leadership skills.

Youth will acquire & improve their social & emotional learning skills.

Youth will develop skills for academic & workplace success.

Youth will value people of diverse backgrounds & abilities.

Youth will demonstrate civic engagement & stewardship.

Youth will develop & maintain active & healthy lifestyle habits.

Youth will be empowered with a sense of purpose & optimism for the future.

We recently underwent a reorganization in order to focus on our four major programs: Summer Day & Overnight Camp, Environmental Education & Stewardship, Teen Leadership & Empowerment and School Year Youth Program. This has enabled us to expand our enrollment and program offerings withing these main focus areas.

Our program managers have more than 100 years of experience between them in the camping industry and youth development. This wealth of experience paired with an involved and engaged board of directors has enabled us to continue to grow each of our programs.

Camp Fire Central Puget Sound
Shift - Support – Steward – Sustain
Strategic Goals 2017 - 2019

STRATEGIES
1. Shift Camp Fire's diverse program offerings to clearly reflect our competitive advantage.
A. Evaluate participation, revenue, retention and demand for current programs of all types, including school year, all camps, and Camp Niwana.
B. Determine which programs best serve the CF mission, values, and competitive advantage, and focus resources on highest mission impact programs.
C. Create new comprehensive Program brochure.

2. Support a more balanced revenue mix.
A. Expand Development Department
B. Increase number of major donors.
C. Develop system to effectively track and better manage Donor relationships.

3. Steward our camp facilities responsibly while capitalizing on our 100 year anniversary celebration.
A. Create a task force of diverse stakeholders to create a plan to mark the anniversary including: marketing opportunities, special events, alumni outreach, partnerships, and special fundraising.
B. Conduct a capital campaign feasibility study
C. Conduct a deferred maintenance survey of Camp Sealth resulting in projections of cost to repair and priority of need
D. Develop Master Landscape Plan for Camp Sealth
E. Hire consultant/architect to develop Master Facility Plan for Camp Sealth

4. Sustain our high quality staff and volunteers.
A. Develop a 5-year plan to understand the compensation landscape and set compensation package goals for staff and make hiring recommendations.
Plan includes:
• Pay/benefit analysis
• Employee engagement survey
• Job/time analysis
• FT Seattle/ FT Camp staff comparison
B. Develop a 5-year plan to increase volunteer engagement, including recruitment, retention, and recognition.
• Volunteer job descriptions, recruitment and retention strategies

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Camp Fire Central Puget Sound

Board of directors
as of 6/13/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Hillary U

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Pat Hayes Secretary

Retired, Boeing

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