29% of kids in Oklahoma are on their own after school*. Camp Fire strives to decrease that percentage by providing Afterschool Programming at local schools. Afterschool programming supports out of school learning in a safe and structured environment. Currently, Camp Fire works in the after school programs at the following schools:
- Positive Tomorrows: An elementary school for youth who are homeless.
- Quail Creek Elementary: OKC Public School. This program specifically works with students 3rd-5th grade.
Afterschool programs take place once a week and are led by Camp Fire staff. Afterschool curriculum focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), life skills and teambuilding projects.
Camp Fire is seeking to build new partnerships with schools in the Oklahoma City area. If you are interested in our afterschool programming or would like more information, please contact Elizabeth by clicking here or 405-254-2068
*Source-Oklahoma Afterschool Network, www.okafterschool.org
May 30 - June 3, 2016
Camp C.A.N.O.E. (Children with Autism Need Outdoor Experiences), is open to children with autism, grades K-12. Camp C.A.N.O.E. is a summer day camp designed specifically for children with autism and other abilities.
Camp C.A.N.O.E. will be held at Camp DaKaNi, a beautiful 33-acre wooded campground in Oklahoma City, which has been owned and operated by Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma for more than fifty years.
The mission of Camp Fire USA and Camp C.A.N.O.E. is to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. While each day will be filled with a variety of outdoor activities to enhance the development of social, motor, and sensory processing skills, the safety of campers is a top priority. Every counselor will have an assistant counselor and a maximum of only five campers. Additionally, all counselors have received standardized camp training plus specialized Camp C.A.N.O.E. education.
Benefits of Camp C.A.N.O.E.
- Team-Building Skills
- Communication & Social Skills
- Independent Thinking
- Physical Activity
- Fine and Gross Motor Skill Development
For more information please contact:
Penn Henthorn, Director, Camp C.A.N.O.E.:
In 1956 a group of Perry citizens became aware of the need for a secure camping area for youth to use and still be close to Perry. After searching the community for a site, 25 acres of unused property was discovered in the CCC Lake Park located 1 mile south of Perry on Highway 86. Throughout 1956 and 1957, the land was cleared and simple buildings were built; finally in 1958, Camp Fire held its first camp on the property beautifully nestled in the woods atop a hill overlooking CCC Lake.
Camp Tan Da Ko has 2 structures for indoor activities, a craft shack, restroom and shower facilities, and a camp kitchen. The Council Fire and the Chapel areas provide beautiful accommodations for ceremonials, group events, and star gazing. Tent camping is one of the highlights each summer during camp; other highlights include canoeing and fishing, as well as many other fun and educational activities.
For more information about Camp Tan Da Ko, click here to contact Betty Dillion.
About Camp DaKaNi
Camp DaKaNi, meaning “a day in the out-of-doors,” is owned and operated by Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma. It is located on 33 wooded acres in the heart of Oklahoma City. Camp Fire camping gives young people a chance to learn how to live and share with others and to become closely involved with the natural environment. The well-being and safety of campers is our first concern. Camp DaKaNi, in its 57th year as a day camp, is open to all boys and girls, ages 5-18, regardless of race, gender, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disabilities* or economic status. Campers do not have to be members of Camp Fire.
*Camp DaKaNi programs are available to persons with disabilities. We will make every effort to meet the needs of all those who wish to apply. If your child has a disability, please call Penn Henthorn at Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma Council at (405) 254-2080.
Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now. Light the fire within.
What to do at Camp DaKaNi
- Zip Line
- Gaga Pit
- 26’ Rock Climbing Wall
- Arts & Crafts
- Outdoor Cooking
- Sports & Games
- Nature Study
- Challenge Course
- Frog & Turtle Races
- Tree Swings
- Camp Store
* Youth must be age 9+ to participate in this activity
CATS (Counselor Aides in Training): This program teaches 11-14 year old youth the leadership and outdoor skills necessary to work with elementary school campers and assist group counselors. Youth in the CAT program will still participate in typical camp activities such as rock climbing, boating, etc. Individuals interested in becoming a Counselor Aide must complete this training. Individuals who have already completed CAT will not need to repeat this program and should be registered as a Counselor Aide. The CAT program will be offered Session 1 and 3.
Teen Counselors: Counselors (Age 16 and up) volunteer for a full week of camp and lead a small group of elementary school aged youth during their stay at Camp DaKaNi. All counselors must attend a training before camp. New counselors will need to be interviewed before they are hired.
LIT (Leaders in Training): This new program is designed for 15 year old youth who attend camp. LIT will give youth the opportunity to develop important teambuilding and leadership skills necessary to become a counselor and leader in the community. Youth in the LIT program will have the opportunity to lead younger youth at camp. This program will be offered Session 2.
MaKaYa: MaKaYa is a mini session of camp for youth 12 years old and up. Campers will participate in advanced outdoor activities as well as a camping overnight.
Camp is an experiential education like no other. Children and youth learn life lessons, such as independence, leadership, and self-confidence, in an environment designed specifically for them. Camp is made up almost entirely of teachable moments. Through fun and hand-on experiences, campers have opportunities to grow and develop the skills need to be productive, successful adults. www.acacamps.org
Why Camp Fire
Camp Fire was created to guide young people on their journeys to self-discovery. The founders of Camp Fire felt strongly that young people need experiences that teach them to care for themselves, their environment, and the people around them.
Camp Fire counselors are carefully chosen for their enthusiasm in working with youth and trained to meet our program requirements. Many camp staff are volunteers or college students majoring in recreation, education, or child development. All staff are required to participate in pre-camp training session, in addition to regular staff meetings and in-service training.
While at camp, children will be involved in a variety of physical activities in the outdoors. Camp Fire requires parents to fill out a current health history for every camper. Campers without signed health history forms will not be allowed to stay. A camper with special needs may be required to obtain a doctor’s release to attend camp.
Health and Safety
Safety is our top priority at camp. Many camp staff members are trained in First Aid and CPR procedures. In the event of illness or injury, parents will be notified immediately by phone. The camp health supervisor will hold and dispense all medications while campers are in our care.
Financial Assistance “Camperships”
A limited amount of full or partial camperships will be available for those who qualify. Contact us at  254-2080 email us by clicking here.
Clubs are small groups of youth led by trained adult volunteers. Clubs have regular meetings where youth and their families have an exciting opportunity to explore the world, be creative, participate in community service, and gain a sense of belonging while having fun. Clubs are open to all boys and girls Preschool through High School. Volunteer leadership is the key component of Club Program. Without leaders, a club cannot exist.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the outcomes of the program?
What are the qualities of the program?
Where and when do clubs meet?
How much does it cost?
At what age can youth join?
Are there Uniforms?
How do I join or volunteer?
· Leadership and Teambuilding Skills
· Involved Citizenship
· Lasting Friendships
· Activities that help youth discover more about themselves, their community, the outdoors, and the arts and science.
Important qualities of the club program
Progression - As the children get older, they do more complex and challenging activities.
Variety - The Club Program develops the whole child and includes a wide range of activities and skill development.
Partnership - Both leaders and youth members are involved in making decisions for the club.
Recognition - Camp Fire youth are recognized for their participation and achievement. This helps to build self-esteem and pride!
Where and when do clubs meet?
Each club is different. They meet on a regular basis, arranged to fit the schedules of members and leaders. Meetings may be held at a school, a leader’s home or in other community locations.
Metro Club: The Metro club is open to any registered members of Camp Fire living in Central Oklahoma who like to participate in clubs. Meetings are held at the Camp Fire headquarters at 3009 E. Hefner Road, OKC,OK 73131 on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm.
Volunteer Led Traditional Clubs: These clubs meet once a week or every other week and are led by at least two highly trained adult volunteers. all club volunteers are required to pass a background check and attend Camp Fire staff led training throughout the year. Volunteer led clubs are located throughout Central Oklahoma, and our branch offices in Ada, Ardmore, and Perry.
All Camp Fire clubs are eligible to participate in scheduled camping events at Camp DaKaNi. Camp Fire's curriculum is progessive and based on a child's age and educational level; in addition, curriculum and activities are outcome based and measured by program staff every year locally, and cumulatively on a national level.
How much does it cost?
It costs $15 annually to be a member of Camp Fire. Clubs also do fundraisers including a Candy Sale to cover the cost of providing the club program.
At what age can youth join?
Camp Fire serves all boys and girls ages 3 through High School. Clubs are organized based on age:
Little Stars (3-pre-K)
Starflight (K-2nd Grade)
Adventure (3rd-5th Grade)
Discovery (6th-8th grade)
Horizon (9th-12th grade)
Are there Uniforms?
Little Stars members
Wear a red sash. As they complete different projects they earn emblems to decorate their uniform.
Wear a red vest and earn emblems.
Wear a blue vest, earn beads and emblems.
Discovery and Horizon Youth
Design their own ceremonial costume to display all their awards and wear on special occasions. They usually pick their own uniform of a Camp Fire Shirt and jeans or khaki pants to wear for regular meetings.
Usually kids wear their uniform with a white shirt and navy or khaki pants. Uniforms. If money is an issue, there are also some used uniforms that have been donated.
How do I join or volunteer?
Contact Sarah Kegin at Sarah@Campfirehok.org or (405)254-2065.
Rugged Outdoor Challenge (ROC): An outdoor leadership program for youth 11-17. ROC members challenge themselves to lead and grow during quarterly outdoor excursions. ROC strives to encourage older youth to be active in the Oklahoma outdoors and work with a team to have successful trips.
SPRING EXCURSION- At Mountain Fork Park
APRIL 15 - 17, 2016
Youth are invited to join us on our Rugged Outdoor Challenge (ROC) on a kayaking excursion to the Mountain Fork Park. Youth will spend the weekend camping in tents, kayaking and making new friends as they learn team-building, leadership, and outdoor skills. Registration is limited so sign up today!
For more information or questions about ROC, contact Elizabeth Logan at 405-254-2068 or click here.
Camp DaKaNi’s Outdoor School offers a hands-on, science-based program for Pre-K through 8th-grade students. Using the environmental education curriculum created specifically for Camp Fire Camp DaKaNi, students will gain a better understanding of nature and how to respect their natural environment while learning about some of the mysteries of nature during their day outdoors. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn team-building skills by assisting each other in activities such as the Low Elements Challenge Ropes Course and the Zip Line. The Outdoor School curriculum helps to supplement classroom lessons by meeting some of the objectives set forth by Oklahoma State Educational Standards.
Curriculum topics and activities for Elementary-aged students include:
- Senses in the Animal Kingdom
- Water and Water Wildlife
- Food Chain/Habitats
- Habitats and Ecosystems
- Getting to Know Birds
- Plants and Trees
Curriculum topics and activities for Middle School-aged students include:
- Sounds and Other Senses
The Outdoor School experience begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.
Click here for a printer-friendly brochure about Outdoor School.