Camp Fire Alaska

aka Camp Fire Alaska   |   Anchorage, AK   |  http://www.campfireak.org

Mission

Our PROMISE
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

Our MISSION
Every child will have an opportunity to discover the best in themselves and others in a fun and safe learning environment.

Our CORE VALUES
Caring relationships.
Positive experiences promoting healthy life choices.
Diversity and inclusiveness in all endeavors.
Outdoor programming fostering competence, stewardship and joy with the natural world.
Excellence through innovation.
Quality programs, best practices.
Trustworthy, ensuring safe, secure and dependable experiences.
Fiscally responsible/Financially sustainable

Ruling year info

1958

CEO

Ms. Barbara Dubovich

Main address

161 Klevin Street, Suite 100

Anchorage, AK 99508 USA

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EIN

92-0029613

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For more than 100 years, Camp Fire Alaska has provided a safe, nurturing place for families to send their children. At Camp Fire, children are not only safe, but are learning to develop self-confidence by challenging themselves, exploring their environment, and building healthy relationships. Today we are a leader in the youth development field and serve more than 5,000 youth every year through four key programs- Before and After School programs & Community Centers, Summer Programs and Rural Alaska Programs. We recognize the importance for parents in finding not only adequate, but reliable, safe, engaging, and fun child care during the school year and summer. Camp Fire Alaska strives to be a place kids love to come to and parents feel good about sending their kids to.

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?

Licensed Before and After School Programs

Licensed child care is offered before and after school at 28 elementary schools in Anchorage. During the summer, Camp Fire offers full-day programming at three sites. The program introduces enriching activities and lifelong values to school-age youth in an environment that is safe and secure. Program time includes opportunities to make friends and learn new skills. Crafts, gym activities and homework time are available daily. This program serves 1,500 youth during the school year and 400 during the summer.

Population(s) Served

Located in low-income areas, Community Centers offer a safe alternative for youth during out-of-school time and in the summer. These Centers serve youth in the Fairview, Mountain View and Loussac Place communities. Center staff focus on providing a safe, consistent and nurturing environment for youth which builds self-esteem and develops self-reliance skills. Activities include field trips, academic tutoring, music, arts and crafts; and games. Centers serve approximately 100 youth daily.

Population(s) Served

Swimming and cold water survival skills, along with youth development activities are offered to youth in rural communities. In some programs, local village leaders conduct workshops on native culture and customs. Staff work in pairs and run two-week to four-week day camps in different communities around the state. Activities include camping, hiking, environmental awareness, arts and crafts, games and community events. Each summer the program serves communities throughout the state from the Kuskokwim, Yukon and Kenai regions to the Pribilof Islands. In 2017, Camp Fire visited 33 communities and served 2,253 youth.

Population(s) Served

Each year approximately 1,200 youth attend a Camp Fire summer camp - either Camp K on Kenai Lake, our resident camp in Cooper Landing, or Camp Si-La-Meo, our day camp in Anchorage. Both camps are accredited by the American Camping Association. Campers spend their days hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, and making new friends. All youth are welcome. Our camps include special needs youth. Scholarships are available for campers with financial need.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation 2014

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2014

Affiliations & memberships

American Camp Association - Member 2014

United Way Member Agency 2014

Better Business Bureau 2011

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 2014

Afterschool Alliance 2014

Council of Accreditation of Child and Family Services, Inc. 2014

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Camp Fire Alaska aims to increase the number of youth served through accessible, sustainable and quality programs with experiences that help youth thrive.

Not only do we aim to provide accessible and affordable child care, but we recognize that due to financial hardships, not all who need it will be able to afford it. We provide financial assistance to families in the form of scholarships so that no child misses out due to their family's financial situation.

Camp Fire will continue to work with key stakeholders to advance our mission and goals.

Camp Fire will increase public awareness and visibility about our programs and impact which will help to strengthen partnerships and grow new relationships that allow Camp Fire to increase the number of youth served. We will also promote awareness of the impact Camp Fire has on youth and families.

Additionally, Camp Fire will prioritize sustainable program growth that follows best practices, meets recognized quality
standards and helps youth thrive.
This means focusing on identifying current and anticipated unmet youth development needs and assessing related program growth, maintaining and measuring applicable standards for each Camp Fire program, and continuing to provide and enhance program content that allows youth to thrive.

To do this, Camp Fire Alaska will also invest in developing a strong staff and leadership. Ensuring that Camp Fire’s Staff and Board to reflect the diversity of families served.
As well as actively engaging alumni and volunteers to continue strengthening the Camp Fire community and network and Providing ongoing development and training for Staff and Board.

Camp Fire Alaska has both a committed board as well as a strong executive leadership team. The current Chief Executive Officer has been at Camp Fire Alaska for 38 years, providing insightful leadership that not only guides but observes.

Together, the board and executive leadership develop have developed a 5-year strategic plan with annual goals and strategies. This plan incorporates Camp Fire's mission and values while addressing the changing needs of the community.

Strong financial health also plays a significant role in Camp Fire Alaska's capabilities for meeting goals.

For more than 100 years, Camp Fire Alaska has provided a safe, nurturing place for families to send their children. As the needs of our community have changed over the years, so to have Camp Fire programs to adapt to those needs.

Our mission and core values remain a driving force behind the decisions we make.

Caring relationships
Positive experiences promoting healthy choices
Diversity and inclusiveness in all endeavors
Outdoor programs fostering competence, stewardship and joy with the natural world
Excellence through innovation
Quality programs – Best practices
Trustworthy – ensuring safe, secure and dependable experiences
Fiscally Responsible / Financially Sustainable

Camp Fire is the largest provider of Licensed Child Care in the state of Alaska and we continue to support our community as related to our mission. Thanks to support from our donors we offer significant financial assistance for children whose families cannot afford care, including more than 100 youth who attend Community Center based programs in low-income communities who attend at NO COST to families.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Camp Fire Alaska

Board of directors
as of 3/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tom Mason

Kymber Dixon

Lisa Doehl

Barbara Dubovich

S. Lynn Erwin

Bill Rosetti

Eric Billingsley

Vickie Kelly

Thomas Mason

Yuliya Mitchell

Nikole Andres

Katie Bates

Katherine Burrill

SEan Elder

Jodi Gould

Magen James

Deborah Lovvorn

Jimmy Miner

Danny Rauchenstein

Jennifer Rose

Board leadership practices

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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