Location
Various Park Locations
Grade
Entering 9th Grade thru Adults
Dates or Sessions
July and August
Cost
$50 for Teen Volunteers, Free for Adult Volunteers

Make a Difference in Your Community this Summer

Every summer, caring adults and teens join us to help create a world of fun and belonging for our campers. Groups are formed by age and campers spend the day exploring and learning as they are led by counselors of Teen Leaders and Adult Volunteers. They’ll try out arts and crafts, sports, outdoor cooking, science, camp crafts, and more – there is something for everyone at Day Camp! 

Help Kids Gain a Sense of Belonging 

In 2021, 98% of our campers found a sense of belonging at Day Camp. Our volunteers and staff at Day Camp create an environment that allows kids to feel welcome and safe. We know that now, more than ever, kids need the security of a welcoming atmosphere so that they can build important social and emotional connections. Connecting to the natural world is also a foundational value of all Camp Fire programs.

All About Camp Fire 

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Camp Fire Central Puget Sound has operated Day Camp in the Puget Sound region for more than 50 years. Evolving to meet the needs of kids today, camp might look a little different than the first year, but the spirit of welcoming everyone to our program remains the same. Camp Fire has a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and participates in the American Camp Association accreditation process to help ensure that our programs meet industry-wide safety standards to keep all of our participants safe and healthy. 

The Perks of Adult Volunteering

Depending on your interests, others volunteering, and the group of campers would depend what we’d have you do! There’s a few common things adult volunteers do:

  1. Float! See a need, fill a need. This is often helpful with groups that need extra support.
  2. Program lead! We’ll provide the supplies so you can teach something you’re passionate about. Examples from the past are zero waste art projects, theatre games, group games, pet show and tell, etc. This could be all day every day or once or twice during the week.
  3. Assist with Head Table, Arts and Crafts or Science.
  4. A combination of all of the above.
  5. We’re open to ideas! Feel free to reach out and ask if what you thinking would be a good fit.

The main perk of Adult Volunteering is you bring two children to camp for free! Additional youth may attend at a 50% discount. Children with adult volunteers skip our waitlist to make sure that you can attend together. 

Successful guest examples in the past have included:

  • Reptile show
  • How to Juggle
  • Improve Classes
  • Unique crafts
  • Team Building Activities
  • DIY Paper airplanes

The Perks of Teen Volunteering

Teen Volunteers have opportunities to participate based on their grade level in the fall, and all teens will learn new leadership skills! Grades 9-10 participate as volunteer Day Camp Aides, and grades 11-12 as volunteer Head Counselors.

Teen Volunteers will earn 48 service hours for school requirements by participating as a volunteer at Day Camp! Camp Fire will provide you with a record of your service and complete any necessary paperwork verifying your service.  

Paid Site Directors

Looking to play a critical leadership role at Day Camp? We currently have a paid staff role managing our camp! We’d love to chat with you about our current opportunities.

Special Guests

Join us as a Special Guest leading an activity, craft or class for our Day Campers!

Previous Special Guests have led woodworking, choreography and Space X workshops, taught our campers about maps and compasses, led egg drops and fire safety classes and even show and tell with snakes!

Our camps are run with three 40-minute sessions in the morning and three in the afternoon. Ideally special guests come for one or two full days, two mornings or two afternoons. Another option is attending one all camp morning session.

Please reach out to info@campfireseattle.org to learn more about being guest at one of our Day Camps!

Counselors-in-Training

Youth going into 8th grade have the opportunity to be a Counselor-In-Training and learn valuable leadership skills! Learn more about this program.

Get Ready with Pre-Camp Training 

We provide training before camp begins to get everyone up to speed on how things work and what to expect. One Off-Site training must be completed prior to camp and is offered as a virtual webinar and one in-person training. Additional On-Site training specific to your volunteer week and location is also required prior to the start of camp.

FAQ 

Where are your Day Camps located? 

For the summer of 2024, Camp Fire is operating Day Camp at Westcrest Park in West Seattle, Carkeek Park in North Seattle, at Blyth Park in Bothell, and at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. Choose your day camp site and apply today!

When is the training? 

ALL volunteers are required to do 6 hours of training. This is three hours on your own time of a google classroom and three hours on site. Training dates are still being finalized and will be announced in early 2024.

Can I really bring my child for free? 

Yes! Adult Volunteers can bring up to two of their own children or grandchildren to camp for free. Additional children may attend at a 50% discount. Children of adult volunteers skip our waitlist to make sure that you can attend together.

What age of campers do you serve? 

Our standard camper age range is grades K-7 for campers and grades 8+ for CIT and Teen Volunteers. For volunteers only, preschool-aged children may also attend. Contact us for more information if you have a young child who you’d like to bring to camp.

More questions? Contact us! 

Contact Day Camp Director, Corey Gerberdolan, at info@campfireseattle.org.