As you know, we began a name change process for Camp Si-La-Meo in January of this year with an internal committee. We collected feedback from various stakeholders and consulted with our Native partners and experts. This nine-month process invited many voices and viewpoints, of which we are very appreciative. Roughly 76 name suggestions were collected from staff, campers, and the community! We thank each of you who completed our online survey, submitted suggestions, or sent along your thoughts and feedback.
After 60 years of being known as Camp Si-La-Meo, Camp Fire Alaska’s Outdoor Day Camp will now be called Camp Fireweed. Though the name has changed, the program will remain the same.
In anticipation of summer camp registration opening, please note that Camp Fireweed will show up in the registration system starting in 2024 and we will be updating our website to reflect this change as well. Please share the new name with your youth!
The Camp Fire Alaska main office operates on the ancestral land of the Dena’ina people. Camp Fire Alaska runs programing on the lands of the Athabascan, Yup’ik, Chup’ik, Sougpiaq, and Inupiaq peoples. We value and thank them for their current and historic commitment to and protection of this land. We pledge to assist, in partnership, in the environmental stewardship of these lands. We strive to learn more about the history of the Native peoples of Alaska and the historic trauma they have suffered. We commit to being an active ally through activities, actions, and organizational decisions and practices. We understand that this is a dynamic process through which our Land Acknowledgement practices, and statement will evolve as we receive feedback from tribal partners and acquire a deeper understanding of and from the Native peoples of Alaska.