What’s Happening at Community
Camp Fire brings old-fashioned S'mores eatin',
campfire song-singin' kids’ summer day camps right to
your neighborhood. Community Day
Camp is about doing, not watching. It’s about enjoying
nature and living outdoors, and working together with kids
from a variety of socioeconomic, racial, cultural, religious
and disabled populations.
Before camp starts,
volunteer planning committees for each Community Day Camp
choose the theme, crafts, games, songs, and special events
for the week. As the registrations come in, campers are assigned
to a small group of youth their own grade or age for the entire
week. These groups of 6 – 12 kids are
assigned to one adult staff or experienced older teen counselor
and at least one assistant teen counselor, and stay together
for the whole session.
Camp Fire Community Day Camps operate at various
parks throughout the Puget Sound area using caring, well-trained,
responsible volunteer staff.
Fun for Everyone
Make this a summer to remember with days of singing camp songs, cookouts, arts & crafts, games, and so much more!
Grades K - 7: Boys and girls sign up as campers. Grade 7: Spend the week as Counselors-in-Training (CITs). Prepare to join junior staff next year.
Grades 8 - 12: Join the junior staff team - assist with groups or activity areas. Grades 11 - 12: Become a teen counselor!
Adults Age 18 & Over: Join our team of amazing Day Camp volunteers. Your week will be fun and rewarding.
What is a Typical Day Like?
Check-in: When you drop off
your camper(s), they go straight to their groups, where their
counselors check them in and make sure they are ready for
fun. Campers stay together, with their group and counselor,
for the whole session.
Lunchtime: Campers eat the
sack lunch they brought with their group at the "campsite"
they have chosen. In addition, every camper will have the
opportunity to do some outdoor cooking during the week, starting
with simple menu items for younger children, and more advanced
items for older ones. All children will be taught fire building
and fire safety.
Afternoon Activities: Campers
choose more activities with the help of their counselors.
After clean up and the end of the day assembly, you sign your
child out of camp, showing your I.D. for safety.
Youth entering grades 8-12 in the fall, can volunteer at any
of the Community Day Camp sites as a junior staff counselor
at $15 per camp, plus a one-time $25 fee for non-members.
Adults can volunteer at any of the sites (except Camp Sealth)
as counselors, activity specialists, purchasers, equipment
managers or camp nurses. Full-time adult volunteers get a
discount on day camp registration for their own children.
Camp Fire provides the required training for all volunteers.
Click Here for more information about becoming a volunteer. See registration info below.
Camp Fire Community Day Camps promote an
environment of inclusiveness for kids with a wide variety
of ability levels. Staff partner with parents to support campers
with mild to moderate disabilities, enabling them to succeed
Children who need one-on-one assistance or have significant
problems controlling their behavior may not be able to attend
camp. If you have a child with special needs, please contact
Camp Program Manager prior to registering to discuss making
camp a successful experience for your child. TTD
users may reach us through the Washington State Relay Services,
800 833 6388; TeleBraille users, call 800 833 6385.
Special Diets and Allergies
Campers bring their own sack lunch daily.
Camp Fire Community Day Camps are peanut-free
- we do not serve or allow any peanut butter or any peanut
products. Campers who accidentally bring peanut products to camp will be given an alternative lunch; peanut products will be disposed of away from main camp.
Accreditation and Standards
Compliance with hundreds of standards and
regulations is required for accreditation by the American
Camp Association (ACA). Camp Fire Community Day Camps meet
or exceed ACA standards in all areas: health and safety, program
quality, staff qualifications, sanitation, and site/facility
issues. In addition, Camp Fire has its own high standards.
All of our volunteers have taken at least ten hours of training
and have been background checked by Camp Fire, as well as
checked against the National Sex Offender database. Our Site
Directors and staff managers have many years of camp experience
and are youth development experts.
How do I sign up?
Need to find out what Day Camp is closest
to you and what the dates of camp will be this summer? Click
here for the complete 2014 Day Camp Schedule.
know which Day Camp you want to register for?
Register online or click below to download a registration
Camp Registration (Grades K-7)
Staff Registration (Grades 8-12)
Day Camp Staff Registration
Registration (for children of adult staff/volunteers)
Background Check Form - Adult
Background Check Form - Youth
Families in King, Kitsap or north Mason
counties can apply for financial assistance in the form of
a Campership to attend Community Day Camp. If applying for
a Campership, please check the box on the registration form
and enclose deposit. Click
here to download a Campership Application. Apply early,
as campership funds are limited.
After you register you will receive
an email confirmation including payment information. One or
two weeks before camp you will receive a letter with program
details, what to wear, what to bring, emergency numbers, drop
off and pick up procedures, and other important information.
A day or so before camp begins, you and your child(ren) will
receive an introductory phone call from your child's counselor.
This is your child's opportunity to get acquainted, get excited
about the week at camp, and learn how to find his/her counselor
Monday morning. This will be your chance to ask questions
and share any details that will help the counselor work best
with your camper(s).
and Refund Policies
- Camp Fire currency and candy credit may be
used for all or part of Day Camp fees. Camp Fire members
paying with Candy Currency must
submit Candy Currency and a paper registration form to the
Camp Fire office. We cannot accept candy currency for online
- The complete fee must be paid, even if a
camper attends only part of a session. Days cancelled due
to inclement weather will not be refunded or made up.
- Checks will be cashed upon receipt; however,
this does not guarantee placement. The full amount will
be refunded if there is no opening or if the camp is canceled.
- Camp Fire reserves the right to cancel any
program for insufficient registration or volunteer staff
- A $25 fee will be charged for all checks
or charges returned.
- If a camper cancels two (2) weeks prior
to starting date of camp, all but $25 will be refunded.
Otherwise no refund will be given unless due to medical
emergency. Cancellations are made through the Day Camp Registrar,
and require written notification.
- The entire fee may be transferred to another
member of the immediate family or another camp program offered
by this Council. Transfer must be requested prior to the
day camp’s registration deadline
How does Registration work?
The initial online camper registration cap is 60% of the camps maximum, once the cap is reached the camp is waitlisted. The waitlist is capped at just over 40% of camp maximum; this means that 95% of kids who get on the waitlist can be transferred into the camp.
All of our community day camps are volunteer run, and our volunteers are not as quick to register as campers. So the initial low online camper cap is set to insure that we have enough adult staff to support our campers. Once enough adult volunteers register to comply with our ratio policies we start to take kids off the waitlist; this process usually starts in Late April.
How does the Waitlist work?
Our waitlist is not necessarily first on, first off. We take kids off the waitlist to fill age groups. [For example: There is an opening for a 1st grader. Looking at the order in which campers registered for the waitlist the first 1st grader is 8th on the list. Even though the 1st grader is 8th on the list, he/she will get into camp.] Remember that although the order in which we take kids off the list is not necessarily first-on, first-off, 95% of kids put on a waitlist get into the camp.
Sampelayo, Day Camp & Teen Program Manager, at 206