Learn About Summer Adventure Program!

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The snow has finally started to melt and we can all officially start thinking about summer. For those new to our Summer Adventure Program, we’ve got a video for you! It’s just over a minute, so press play and let those images of sunshine and laughter warm you.

Summer Adventure Program Details

Licensed Full-Day Program, June 4th – August 3rd

Flexibility: Register by the day, week, or the whole summer!
Hours: Programs run from 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (6:30 in Eagle River) 
Friends: Your camper will likely already know many of the other kids.
CCA: This program accepts child care assistance payments.
Ages: Entering grades 1 – 7
Locations: Denali, Homestead, and Abbott Loop elementary schools 

 
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It’s never too early to start inventing and discovering  who you are. For Career Week, campers become CEOs and must design and implement their own business. This session will culminate in our annual Lemonade Day sale, when youth will put their new business savvy into practice!
 

Summer Adventure’s Promise

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Regardless of whether your child enrolls for a day, a week, or the whole summer, we consistently offer developmentally appropriate programs that feature:

1. Healthy Futures Challenge: Designed to promote physical activity. Youth will be rewarded for logging their physical activity, which has been shown to promote awareness of healthy lifestyles.
2. STEM Activities: Engaging and surprising STEM activities will be packed into each and every session.
3. Art Instruction: We are delighted to announce that we will be partnering with Arctic Crown Canvas to bring professional art instruction to our Summer Adventure Programs.

Register Now!

 

How to Choose a Camp

Camp Fire Alaska has a variety of summer programs to match your family’s needs as well as your child’s interests and maturity level. In some cases, a mix of different camp experiences throughout the summer is the perfect choice. You can find more details on our website, but here are some guidelines to help get you started!
 

Summer Adventure Program

Licensed Full-Day Program, entering grades 1-7
June 4 – August 3

Flexibility: Register by the day, week, or the whole summer!
Friends: Your camper will likely already know many of the other kids.
CCA: This program accepts child care assistance payments.

Sample activities include outdoor recreation, field trips, gym games, cooking, science, creative arts and community involvement projects. Read more about this program!
 

Camp K on Kenai Lake

Overnight Camp, Ages 6-17
June 3 – August 2

All-Age Sessions: Camp K has short sessions for beginners and wilderness expeditions for older teens.
Independence: Overnight camp provides the best environment for kids to grow and challenge themselves.
Nature: Camp K’s beautiful surroundings provide campers with a chance to connect with the natural world around them.
 
Campers stay at camp overnight, sleep in bunk houses and participate in traditional summer camp activities such as canoeing, hiking, archery and creative arts. Read more about this program!
 

Camp Si-La-Meo

Day Camp, Ages 5 – 13 
June 4th – August 10th

Close to Home: It has all the fun of summer camp, but campers sleep at home each night.
Swimming: Campers of all ages learn to swim and/or improve their swimming skills.
Challenging: Campers are organized into small groups by age, and activities are designed to fit each group’s physical, mental and social ability levels.
 
Activities include: Swimming, Rock Wall Climbing, Boating, Archery, Creative Arts, Hiking, Outdoor Living Skills, and Team Building activities. Read more about this program!
 

Extra Resources

Next Steps: Preparing for Overnight Camp 
Need some financial support?
Our Scholarship Fund may help! Download the Application Form.
Donate: Please consider contributing to this year’s Campership Fund. Click Here to Donate.
 

Contact

Call us at (907) 279-3551 for questions about programs. Or, contact our summer program leaders…
Summer Adventure Program: Aimee Wedemeier @ awedemeier@campfireak.org
Camp K: Will Day @ wday@campfireak.org
Camp Si-La-Meo: Rae Ratliff @ rratliff@campfireak.org

Positive Words Go A Long Way

At Camp Fire, every day is about helping kids thrive. But we wanted to take one day a year to really do it BIG. That’s why we started Absolutely Incredible Kid Day in 1997. Every year in March, thousands of adults across the country join Camp Fire in lifting up young people with the simple power of words.

Yes, words. I ask you to join me and use your voice. A few simple words can change the way kids see themselves, their strengths, and even their futures. When we focus on words that are encouraging and kind, it is amazing the positive impact they can have.

When was the last time you told the incredible kids in your life how special they are? Even if you don’t have a child of your own, surely you know one—a niece, neighbor, student, or friend. Please join me and Camp Fire Alaska as we celebrate Absolutely Incredible Kid Day today, March 23. It is a simple, meaningful way to let kids know how much they are appreciated.

Write a letter, post a picture, share a special memory, call and say “You are incredible!” The medium doesn’t matter but the message does: You are incredible just the way you are. Be specific, make it personal, keep it up—not just today, but every week of the year. Those few simple words of encouragement on a regular basis can literally change a young person’s life.

I get to meet incredible kids every day as part of my job. They tell me how they can’t wait until Friday because they get to make homemade pancakes for snack. They show me the Valentine’s they have made and the socks they have tie-dyed to send to kids in refugee camps overseas. They take my hand and tour me around so they can tell me exactly what’s happening in their after school program.

To all my Camp Fire Kids, I say:

“You are absolutely incredible. You are inspiring because of your commitment to collecting pennies for others in need. You are an example of what it means to be accepting of those who are different than you. You are the future, and I am encouraged that our world will be a brighter place because of you.”

Now it’s your turn. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every kid in Alaska got a letter of encouragement today? Imagine the possibilities when kids are supported by caring adults.

Barb Dubovich
CEO, Camp Fire Alaska

Is Your Child Ready for Summer Camp?

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When to start sending your child to overnight camp is a decision that depends on you and your child. A mature six year old might be ready to go, while some ten year olds might not be quite ready. Sometimes, “he’s not ready for camp” actually means you’re not ready. It’s a big step! To help you navigate this decision, we’ve pulled together some tips from experts in the field.

 

Advice from Peg Smith, former CEO of the American Camp Association

 
Parents should consider whether their child has been away from them overnight before, either with friends or family members, and how they have handled those separations. Really, it’s the child’s expectations that will drive the experience, and determine your confidence in them. I remember my son wanted to go to camp when he was about seven, and I had this bubble over my head saying ‘you’re not ready to do that.’ But he was. Talking to the child about camp and what their expectations are can help you decide if they understand what camp is, and if they’re ready to go.

 

How Your Camper Will Benefit

By Katie Adrian, Camp Fire’s former Manager of Camp K on Kenai Lake 
Every camp experience provides opportunities for campers to build their social and emotional skills, and practice how to engage with their peers and with adults in a productive way that will carry over into their interactions at home, school, and in the community. From team building and get to know you games to challenging new activities and familiar favorites, camp is full of ways for youth to build self-confidence and independence.
 
You can help ease this transition for your camper by taking them out on a hike or sleeping in a tent in your backyard before sending them on the bus to camp. Sharing photos of camp also helps prepare your child for what camp will be like. No matter what you might be feeling as a parent, showing your child that you are excited for their amazing adventure will help them feel excited, too!
 
Camp is an amazing place to build new friendships and meet caring adults. As soon as a camper has built a connection to another person or activity at camp, any feelings of homesickness melt away and are replaced with independence, competence, and a sense of excitement about upcoming adventures. Families new to the camp experience are encouraged to call the Camp Fire office and speak to me about all of the awesome activities we offer at Camp Fire.
 

 
For Camp K’s session dates, rates, and more: Click Here!
 

Operation Purple Camp is Open

The application period for Operation Purple Camp is open! This is a free one-week camp designed especially for military youth ages 7-17. This year’s camp will be at Camp K on Kenai Lake from June 18-22. Learn more and apply by April 5th at www.militaryfamily.org.

Check out this video to see what camp is like!

Spy Wars: Camp Fire’s Own Superstars

Our Spring Break Camp aims to guide youth through the worlds of their favorite movies, and to that end we thought it appropriate to share a special project. Sourced from the efforts of our talented Before and After School Programs, here’s Episode 1 of Spy Wars.

 

Or, click here to watch on our YouTube!

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Alaska Celebrates Absolutely Incredible Kid Day on March 23rd! The national holiday will be held a week earlier, on March 15th.

Are you curious to learn about how YOUR family can participate in this Absolutely Incredible event? Check out our page on how to write that perfect letter to ignite the spark of confidence in your child, or get a more comprehensive overview of what Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is all about!

To wrap up, here’s a fun video from our national headquarters talking about what a difference YOU can make during AIKD!

Six Foolproof Strategies for Going After Goals

It’s not enough to want it; you also gotta know how. Here’s what we teach our Camp Fire kids and teens about pursuing strategies designed to get them where they want to go. Read about it on our national website here.

Learn More About Winter Break Program

 

Join us for full day programs (7 AM – 6 PM*) for theme days, science, art, cooking, games, and so much more! Registration is open to ALL families. Registration 2 business days prior to attendance is required.** Space is limited. Click here for schedule. Read more about registration and payment details for our Winter Break program here.

Determine Your Winter Break Site Below

 

Programs hosted December 22, 27-29th, and January 3rd-5th

*6:30 in Eagle River
** Please remember that December 25-26th and January 1 are holidays. To ensure your child’s registration, please register two business days in advance.

REGISTER NOW!
 

 

Talking About Star Jars


 

One of our Site Directors gives the exclusive scoop on why she let Camp Fire kids handle her Extreme Makeover. Behind this silly treat are thoughtful lessons on teaching and rewarding children for exercising compassion, tenacity, and self-reflection. Watch the full interview here.