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.

Lights on Afterschool 2018

Last week Camp Fire communities across the country celebrated Lights on After School, an event to recognize and promote the value of out-of-school time programs to our youth.

Stay tuned for more photos and stories from the event! 





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Learn About Summer Adventure Program!


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. 
Denali is 717-4341 
Homestead is 744-7164 
Abbott Loop is 891-2691
Loussac is 338-1954

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


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!


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

SHAZAM Invites You To Celebrate Absolutely Incredible Kid Day!

Camp Fire Alaska Celebrates Absolutely Incredible Kid Day on March 21st! 

Are you curious to learn about how YOUR family can participate in this Absolutely Incredible event? Check out this 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 upcoming superhero SHAZAM (Zachary Levi) talking about what a difference you can make during AIKD!

Register for October’s In-Service and Conference Days

Camp Fire will be hosting programs on October 20th, and 25th-27th during in-service and conference days. Conference Day Programs on October 25 & 26 are offered at your regular site. In-Service Day Programs on October 20 & 27 are offered at five host sites. Please refer to the chart below to determine your site location. Both full and half days must be registered for in advance and separately from your regular plan. Please click here to register.

Registration is currently open for the entire 2017-2018 school year, including all scheduled school closure days. Don’t shy away from registering for Spring Break! Space is limited.



To determine your October In-Service Site: Find your child’s Camp Fire site in the right column. Their October in-service site will be listed immediately to the right.

To read more about Camp Fire’s Scheduled School Closure Program, including program rates and other enrollment details, click here.

For additional questions, please contact our main office at (907) 279 – 3551.

Register Now for the 2017-2018 School Year

July is all about summer camp fun and being outside (and we’re having a blast at our summer camps!), but it’s also time to prepare for the coming school year. Registration is open for Camp Fire’s Before and After School programs at all 29 school locations. Many sites are close to being full, so register now to secure your spot.

Click here to learn more or register online. 

Don’t hesitate to call our main office at 907-279-3551 with any questions you have.

Enjoy your summer!



Help Send a Kid to Camp

Each summer, Camp Fire Alaska provides support for families who cannot afford to send their children to summer camp. We want to make sure that no child is turned away due to lack of funds, and we can only do that with help from the community.

We have kids ready to pack their bags for camp, but we need your help.

Please consider making a donation to Camp Fire’s 2017 Campership Fund, so we can tell them to grab their gear and come to camp!   A gift of $380 will send a child to Camp K on Kenai Lake for a week. A $285 donation will provide a week of day camp at Camp Si-La-Meo.  

Your gift of any amount — $25, $50 or $100 is important, needed, and deeply appreciated!

Click here to make an online donation.

Camp is a powerful experience for all kids, but the impact on youth who have fewer opportunities is even more powerful. Thank you so much for your generous support. 

Meet Our Summer Leadership Staff


For 2017, we have an experienced team of leaders heading up Camp K on Kenai Lake, Camp Si-La-Meo, and our Rural Alaska Program. Together, they bring more than 30 years of experience to this summer. We invite you to meet them below and encourage you to contact them to learn more about their program or ask any questions you may have.

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