Top Ten Signs It’s Fall

What are your kids doing before and after school? It’s not too late to sign up for Camp Fire—some sites still have space, but don’t wait or you’ll miss all the fun!

CLICK HERE FOR THE TOP 10 REASONS TO GO TO CAMP FIRE

Benefits of Before & After School Program

Camp Fire Alaska’s Before and After School programs have been serving youth and families for close to forty years.  These programs are designed to help youth grow and find their spark while also providing support for working parents.  Our professional staff recognize that each child is a unique person with individual learning styles, interests and developmental needs. If you have a couple of minutes, we encourage you to read this article to learn more about how your child can benefit, and get tips on how to choose an after-school program. 

Planning Ahead: How After-School Programs Save Billions

Camp Fire Alaska has embraced the fall weather to do some reading ourselves – did you know that nationally, after-school programs are projected to help save $20 billion over the course of a generation’s lifetime? Teaching good mental and physical health habits can go a long way! Read here.

Welcome Back!

One week out from the start of a new school year, it’s been smooth sailing for Camp Fire programs as we prepare for this fall! We’ve kicked off the new year with tons of games, learning activities, and new friendships. Some sites still have space, so if your family is considering Camp Fire – register now! Even if your program has already filled, we encourage you to reserve a space on the wait list. This comes with no financial commitment and enrollment often shifts as participating families adjust their schedules. To register, click here

Wild Women of Wohelo 2018

Ladies!

Have you ever sent your child off to summer camp and thought to yourself: “I want to go to summer camp too!”?

Well, here’s your chance! Our annual Wild Women of Wohelo Retreat at Camp K is scheduled for August 4-5 this year. This is a ladies only weekend of camp activities like canoeing, hiking and target sports, enhanced with specialty classes such as jewelry beading and flower arranging. Enjoy a relaxing massage, unwind on the beach, invite a friend to come along, and experience being part of a wonderful community of women. Click here to learn more and register. 

Operation Purple

Help support our youngest heroes with the gift of summer camp. Camp Fire Alaska is honored to partner with the National Military Family Association each summer to offer Operation Purple Camp for Alaska’s military kids. This week-long camp is filled with traditional camp activities – swimming, arts and crafts, hiking, and more. However, there is something that makes OPC unique from the typical summer camp: it provides military kids with a safe and nurturing space to share their feelings and learn to cope in healthy ways. We offer this camp at no cost to families, and that is only possible with the generous support of local individuals and organizations. Can you help?

Click here to donate!

Learn About Summer Adventure Program!

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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. Community Center families will be served at Loussac. 
Contact:
Denali is 717-4341 
Homestead is 744-7164 
Abbott Loop is 891-2691
Loussac is 338-1954

 
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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

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!