Groups and Families
Ages: Grades 8-12
Time: Horizon meetings are held once a month on Monday evenings and include a light dinner. At this meeting, teens may sign up for other special events or service projects which fit their schedule.
Horizon Club Teens in Action concentrates on service, purposeful activity, personal initiative and leadership. The governing body for this program is the Horizon Cabinet, elected by its teen members in June of each year for the following school year. HC is the “umbrella” to Camp Fire’s other teen programs.
The Wohelo Award is Camp Fire USA’s most prestigious youth award. “Wohelo” is a word created by one of Camp Fire USA’s founders, Charlotte Vetter Gulick, combining the first two letters of work, health and love. The Wohelo Award encompasses intensive and individualized projects, and requires candidates to plan, lead, teach, and take action in a variety of program areas and issues. About 200 youth earn the Wohelo Award, nationally, each year. The Long Beach Area Council generally accounts for 2-5% of the total national Award winners.This award program begins anytime after enrollment as a 9th grader after attending an orientation and filing an application of intent. While the program can be completed in a year, most youth meet the requirements over a 3-4 year period.
As part of the process, each young person recruits a committee of 3-4 adults.
During the final year and as part of the program, the youth member will put together a binder recording his/her accomplishments which will be reviewed by a committee of distinguished community members.
The youth member is interviewed by this committee. Finally the youth member works with other members in the same “class” planning the all-council event marking completion of the award.
Day Camp Aides are central to Camp Fire’s training for leadership. These high school students provide specific program support to adult counselors, assist in teaching and supervising children in a variety of activities, lead twice-daily large group assemblies, attend daily staff meetings during day camp session, and more.
High school juniors and seniors with demonstrated commitment and leadership skills as evidenced through the Day Camp Aide program are invited to participate on the Youth Leadership Team. Applications must be completed, references are checked and interviews are held in order to participate in this program.
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