Summer Camps Coming Soon!

Singing around the campfire!

2020 is here. Now that solstice has come, we are starting to see more light, and we all know that spring is right around the corner. So you know what that means: time to starting thinking about SUMMER CAMP 🙂

Magnifying Glass Exploration

Summer camp registration opens mid-February (in approximately 50 days)! We have tons of fun in store for Camp K, Camp Si-La-Meo, and Summer Adventure.

Color War

Where will you go for summer of 2020?

We can’t wait to see you there!

Give a Spark

Every October, each Alaskan—big and small—receives a PFD (if they qualify and have completed their applications by the March deadline, that is). Not only is this an exciting time, the PFD is something we all hold close to our hearts.

Since 2008, Pick.Click.Give. (PCG) has made it possible to pay it forward to nonprofit organizations across the state that enrich the lives of ALL Alaskans. From preserving indigenous culture to providing educational opportunities, from rescuing animals to providing shelter for those in need, from leading public safety initiatives to creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youth, and the list goes on—there is at least one mission we care about and identify with.

Did you know there are over 600 organizations to choose from when designating your charity on your PFD application? It’s amazing to think about the passion behind the meaningful work being done each day to brighten and strengthen the communities throughout our state. Your donation, big or small, means so much to the progress of that work. PCG is an opportunity to engage in philanthropy and support a cause you love. Not only can you give to a cause that is meaningful to you, your children can as well.

One of our Camp Fire Kids has been giving to Camp Fire Alaska through PCG for the past couple of years. We are amazed at his kindness and compassion. He always sends a card at the end of the year, stating what he would like the money to be put towards; this year it is scholarships so that other kids may have a chance to attend camp.

That is exactly what PCG means for Camp Fire Alaska: that more families will be able to afford to send their kids to camp. It means kids will have a place to go while their parents are at work. It means that kids will have FUN in a SAFE and ENGAGING environment where they build HEALTHY relationships with other youth and staff, all while discovering their spark.

January Camp Fire Reminders:

January 1st Camp Fire Offices are closed for New Year’s Day. PFD application window opens.

January 20th Schools, programs, and Camp Fire offices are closed for MLK Day.

January 25th Best of Alaska Showcase at the Dena’ina center. Come visit our booth for fun kids’ activities and giveaways!!

Holiday Checklist

Did you know that if you register by January 1st, you can save money on Spring Break Camp and February Days? The early bird price is $45 per day.

Spring Break Camp: March 6 and 9-13 (full days)

February Days: 12, 13 (half days) and 14th (full day)

Spring break camp is open to all ASD students in grades K-6. February days are open only to currently enrolled Camp Fire Kids. Keep in mind that all break days require separate registration in advance and space is limited.

Also, remember that the Camp Fire offices are closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th, and January 1!

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!

Camp Fire Alaska does a Holiday Service Learning Project!

Camp Fire Staff headed out to deliver baskets to Elders!

This holiday season, we partnered with RuralCAP’s Elder Mentor Program on a Service Learning Project.

The Elder Mentor Program has been improving children’s success in Head Start, classroom and other community settings across Alaska for more than 35 years. Elder Mentors serve through the national Senior Corps Program and volunteer in school programs. They offer support and create intergenerational relationships with students, which are critical for healthy child development.

Not only do we find the work they do amazing, we also find it absolutely necessary for the children in our community. We wanted to take the opportunity to thank the work of these volunteers over the holidays.

As an agency, Camp Fire Alaska adopted elder mentors in Anchorage and Eagle River as a thank you for all they contribute to our schools and communities. Our administrative staff and School Age Program sites created personalized holiday baskets that we gave to each elder last week.

Through this project, we furthered our commitment to social and emotional learning and culturally responsive programming.

Thank you again for all that you do for children and culture in the community!

Not familiar with RuralCAP? Learn more.

Best of Alaska

#campfireforall

We are thrilled and honored to receive recognition from Anchorage Daily News as Best Summer Camp in Alaska.

Most importantly though, this award is a reminder of why we do the work that we do, and also who we do it for. It is an inspiration to keep going and keep improving.

As we look forward to 2020, we plan to continue to serve, to make our kids and community proud! Thank you for showing your appreciation for the dedication we have to offering quality program to children and youth. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Register now for Winter Break Camp!

This year’s themes include comic con (all things comics), hot mess express (science experiments!), and shelter building. We hope to see you there!

We still have a few spaces left–while you’re at it, register for February Days and Spring Break Camp now to get the Early Bird Discount. Prices go up January 1. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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