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Camp Fire's Promise to Children:

"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."

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IRS EIN: 74-1552713
Phone Number: 512-349-2111
Address: PO Box 303040
Austin, TX 78703
Explore, learn, and grow at Camp Balcones - Camp Fire's Summer Camp at Emma Long Park! Austin's premier urban nature and science day camp sparks curiosity and inspires learning in kids ages 6 - 12 years old while preventing summer learning loss. Each week features a nature or science theme in addition to swimming, hiking, games, archery, creative expression, and other fun-filled activities.
Camp Balcones has five unique weekly STEM-based themes which incorporate hands-on, project-based activities. Your child will explore nature, identify plants and animals, and have fun with unstructured play in a safe environment with new friends and camp instructors.
The 2018 Weekly STEM themes are:
Week of Wings
Animal Adaptations
Shark Week
Sky Search
Camping 101
Camp Balcones runs for 10 weeks during the summer, beginning on June 4, 2018. Camp Balcones is available Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Ages 6 - 12   Please note: Camp is for campers who have COMPLETED Kindergarten.
Cost: $350 per week
Vans depart from Maplewood Elementary, Bowie and Northwest Recreation Center. 

Pick up At Maplewood Elementary  8:00 A.M.
Pick up at Northwest Recreation Center 8:45 A.M.
Drop off At Maplewood Elementary 5:30 P.M.
Drop off at Northwest Recreation Center 4:30 P.M.
The South Route will operate with a minimum registration of 4 campers each week. 
A limited number of partial scholarships and sliding fee spaces are available.
Please call Camp Fire at 512-349-2111 to learn more.

Impact Statement

For more than 100 years, Camp Fire has helped young people find their sparks, lift their voices, and discover who they are. Camp Fire Central Texas is proud to be a part of that heritage, and to reflect the robust growth of the greater Austin area. This is an exciting time for expansion, discovery, and renewal for Camp Fire. To meet the needs of today's busy and working families, Camp Fire extended its inclusive, high quality afterschool and AISD holiday camp programs to enhance outreach throughout Austin's communities. In addition, Camp Fire Summer Camp 2017 reached new levels by doubling the amount of participants enrolled in the camp from the previous year, thereby engaging more adolescents in outdoor recreation, STEM activities, and leadership-building exercises.

Furthermore, Camp Fire's fall fundraisers garnered substantial donations to send economically-disadvantaged, at-risk children to Camp Fire's Summer Camp in 2016. For every $285 raised, one or more kids are able to exchange a week of losing ground for a week of interactive fun, exploration, and learning in the natural world.

Needs Statement

Camp Fire is a bias free, all-inclusive organization that exists to serve the children of central Texas. A donation to Camp Fire helps us develop a community of young environmental stewards who will grow up to be leaders in their classrooms, families, and communities at large.

$25 Supports one of our outdoor activity clubs

$50 Supports curriculum and service-learning projects

$100 Supports low-income children participating in Day Camp

$250 Supports Camp Fire Summer Camp Scholarship Fund

$350 Allows ONE camper to experience one week of Summer Camp

$500 Supports new activities and learning at Camp Balcones
"I appreciate the incredible programming. The best way I can describe it is simply to say that it works-Camp Fire sparks an interest in kids in the world around them. When you see Camp Fire in action, the impact clicks. My girls have had a great time at the summer camp and nature day--and they still talk about what they learned and did even months later."

"My child has been involved with Camp Fire for 3 years, they're 11 now. The growth I've seen in my son has been incredible. He is more engaged in school, more confident, it's amazing to think how reluctant he was to make new friends. Getting my son involved in Camp Fire has been one of the best decisions I've made as a parent."

"Our family spends a lot of time outdoors. We were already doing a lot of the things Camp Fire offered already, but once we became involved with the organization it gave us an opportunity to share those experiences with other families, and it's just been wonderful making new friends and spending time getting to know people we may never have known otherwise. Being a member of Camp Fire has brought us all closer together, and connected us with some really wonderful people."

"I love Camp Fire. My daughter was involved with another after-school club for about 2 years and she really didn't enjoy it. She felt excluded at times, she had trouble fitting in, but since we joined Camp Fire last year, I can really see a difference in her attitude, and as a family my husband and I feel much more included, we just love it."
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