Camp Fire was founded in 1910 as an organization devoted to helping girls of all races and religions to reach their full potential as individuals, family members, and citizens of their communities.
In 1975, boys became participants in the wide variety of Camp Fire activities. Soon Camp Fire Boys and Girls was known nationwide for coeducational programs that teach children and youth about safety, self-esteem and self-reliance, responsible and respectful attitudes, social and communication skills, and concern for others, our community and our environment.
Camp Fire New Mexico’s KIDS CARE program provides before and/or after school programs at school sites throughout Albuquerque with group activities designed to enrich, entertain, and educate children 5-11 years old. KIDS CARE may also offers some extended care programs during school holidays, and a full-day Summer Adventure Camp program.
Purpose of Camp Fire
To provide, through a program of informal education, opportunities for youth to realize their potential and to function effectively as caring, self-directed individuals, responsible to themselves and to others; and, as an organization, to improve those conditions in society which affect youth.
Council Organization and Philosophy
Camp Fire is a not-for-profit youth development organization serving youth from birth to 21 years of age. We are inclusive, open to every person in the communities we serve, welcoming children, youth and adults regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity. Camp Fire’s programs are designed and implemented to reduce sex-role, racial and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships.
Camp Fire New Mexico has provided school age child care since 1981. In addition, we provide programs that promote self-esteem, leadership skills, and character building.
Well-trained staff are key to quality youth programming. Camp Fire strives to provide a work environment and a salary and benefit structure which attract high-quality individuals, promote staff longevity, encourage learning, and instill loyalty and commitment to positive youth development. Generally, we provide a 12 to 1 child to staff ratio in our school-age programs.
Safety of your children is one of our major concerns. Staff are interviewed by Human Resource personnel, carefully screened through reference and background record checks. Staff are required to attend initial orientation, First Aid and CPR training, and participate in on-going continuing education.