Rural Program

Camp Fire’s Rural Alaska Program began more than 40 years ago as a means to address the high rate of drowning in Alaska, which is more than 10 times the national average.

Today, the Rural Program provides swimming and cold-water survival instruction and a full range of day-camp activities to children and teens living in Alaska’s rural communities.

The program promotes healthy life skills and choices such as boating safety instruction, arts and crafts, cooperative games, hikes, camp-outs, teen activities, service projects and community events.

Staff come from around Alaska, the USA and the world, adding a valuable cultural exchange experience to the program.

* In 2012 our rural program served  26 communities, providing 60 weeks of day camp in total to more than 1,700 participants.

* In 2013 we served these 27 communities, providing 66 weeks of camp programming:

Akiak * Ambler * Bethel * Chenega Bay * Chevak * Chuathbaluk * Grayling * Ilimana/Newhalen * King Cove * Kongiganak *Koyukuk * Kwigillingok * Lower Kalskag * Marshall * McGrath * Napakiak * Napaskiak * Newtok * Nikolai * Nulato * Pitka’s Point * St. Mary’s * St. Michael * St. Paul * Tuntutuliak * White Mountain

See the 2013 location map

Interested in having Camp Fire come to your community? Contact our program manager at (907) 257-8875 or by email.