Camp Fire Alaska | Light the Fire Within

School Programs

More than 1,200 youth attend our before and after school programs

We understand that quality programs help children develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills, and are key to helping youth become successful adults. Our municipally licensed programs offer kids challenging activities and learning experiences while also providing support to working families.

During COVID-19, we have continued to operate and serve families with our school year programs, altering our services to meet the needs of families in accordance with CDC guidelines and through partnership with the Anchorage School District and other local organizations.

Camp Fire helped me to express myself and to stick up for myself. I remember when I was really shy. Now that I go here, I feel awesome!

Brendan, age 11

My children are better friends and more outgoing. They play games, try new things, and have even become better students. What a blessing Camp Fire is!

Megan, Camp Fire Parent

It makes life so much easier knowing my son is in great hands while I'm at work. He has fun with his friends, gets help with homework, and doesn't want to leave when I pick him up!

Brad, Camp Fire Parent

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Why Choose Camp Fire?


Known for our quality programs and caring, professional staff, we have watched generations of young Alaskans grow up in our Before and After School Programs and have over a century of experience helping youth thrive. During virtual learning situations for school aged children due to coronavirus, we have adjusted our programs to be in cohort structure to maintain safety and follow all CDC guidelines.

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Health Screening

All Camp Fire staff and participants are screen each day upon entering program. To maintain safety of everyone, kids are kept in the same cohort and registration is done weekly to limit intermixing. We take our daily cleaning protocol and screening process very seriously in order to keep our doors open to families who need childcare.

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During second quarter 2020, Camp Fire is operating 9 licensed school-age childcare programs in Anchorage and Eagle River. You do not have to be enrolled in the school to attend Camp Fire at the school. Our fall programs are for K-6th grade, and parents can choose any location.

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Hours of Operation

We are open before school from 7am and after school until 6pm (6:30pm in Eagle River). We will not be providing care on snow days or emergency closure days during the 2020-21 school year.


We believe all youth and families should have access to our programs and we work hard to make that happen. Our Scholarship Program helps bridge the gap for those who need it, so all kids can have a safe place to go while their families are at work. Our school programs also accept childcare assistance payments.

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Year-Round Programs

When school’s out, Camp Fire is in! We operate during the school year, during school breaks and all summer.

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