Camp Fire USA – Mt. San Antonio Council is dedicated to helping youth realize their full potential. This core objective focuses on the development of caring and self-directed children and youth responsible to themselves and others. This is achieved in part by enriching lives through the camp experience.
Camp Fire’s mission is to build caring, confident youth and future leaders through a range of informal educational and recreational opportunities for children and youth. These programs are delivered both in a residential setting at Camp Fire’s Camp Nawakwa located in the San Bernardino National Forest, and through clubs based in homes and at school sites.
The current scope of services includes a resident camp program, club program, self-reliance programs, and USDA healthy snack program. Our camping program is offered to youth from diverse backgrounds to develop important skills such as socialization, self-reliance, problem solving and gives them an appreciation of and commitment to the natural environment.
Our club programs are generally led by two or more trained adults who have volunteered their time and skills and are held after school, evenings or weekends. With the outcome-based curriculum of club programs, children learn to work and play together, and they get involved in service projects, which help them become responsible citizens concerned about their communities and society.
Our Hold on to Health program serves healthy snacks, free of charge, to over 600 children each week through local community centers. For many of these children, the snack we serve will be their last meal of the day.