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Volunteer for Camp Fire USA
Remember the adult who was there for you when you were a child? Would you like to be the same kind of “V.I.A.” (Very Important Adult) for another child today? Camp Fire USA provides a number of volunteer opportunities that impact on the lives of children, directly and indirectly. Check out the opportunities available and see if one or more of them might be a match for you or your group’s (adult and/or youth) interests and talents.

Camp Fire Leader Team Members
Join Camp Fire USA as part of a leader team for Camp Fire’s oldest, continuously operating program for youth, its small group program. Have fun while building life skills, responsibility and citizenship with a group of 8-12 children. The adult leader team leads the planning for games and songs, projects, creative activities and outdoor experiences. The groups meet typically for 1-2 hours once a week or biweekly.

School-Site Mentors
Camp Fire USA offers “classic club” activities as part of after-school programs at Jane Addams, Patrick Henry, Webster, Muir, and Burroughs. Club activities focus on everything from healthy living to environmental awareness, from science experiments to basketball and are held at all sites on Friday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. You can help develop and deliver a particular activity at all five sites, or become a regular at one site helping with a variety of activities.

Corporate or Community Service Teams
Corporate Teams: Is your company looking for a team-building and community service opportunity? Consider Camp Fire USA as your destination of choice. Recent corporate service projects have included: camp clean-ups and pruning, painting, and kitchen refurbishing.

Community Service Teams: Is your organization looking for a team-building and/or community service opportunity? Camp Fire may be the right place for you! Call to discuss possible projects. Recent projects have included: building of portable archery elements for day camp, building of a wood storage shelter for day camp, litter removal along Carson – followed by a camp picnic, landscaping of designated project areas and more.

Grounds Crew
Tuesday-Thursday Crew: Are you available on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon? Join Camp Fire’s on-going Grounds Crew to assist with camp and yard maintenance. Continuing projects include raking, sweeping, trimming, pruning, weeding, watering and litter removal.

Special Day Work Parties: Seasonal work parties are held from time to time in camp. Work parties include preparation of grounds for fall and spring campouts, preparation of the amphitheater for ceremonial occasions, and preparation of camp-specific activities before the day camp season.

Office Support Assistant
Provide clerical assistance to Camp Fire staff. Duties may include filling bead and award orders for Camp Fire leaders, filing, data entry, bulk mail preparation, photocopying and telephoning.

Fund Development Help
The Annual Camp Fire Benefit Auction and Dinner: In September, Camp Fire USA holds its Annual Benefit Auction and Dinner at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel. Leading up to this event are a number of activities which require volunteer assistance. Among these are: data entry, administrative support including phone calls, typing, proofreading, basket preparation and more.

Special Bulk Mailings: During the year, Camp Fire prepares occasional bulk mailings asking for financial support, typically an end-of-year holiday appeal, and a spring “luggage tag” campership request. Volunteer help is needed for these mailings for 1-2 days during regular business hours.

Student Volunteer Opportunities
College Internships: From time to time, Camp Fire is able to offer supervised volunteer internships for college students. For consideration, please prepare a 1-3 page proposal and submit via email at or through the mail.

College Community Service Projects: Please call to discuss possible community service projects for your college organization. Recent college projects have included support for Camp Fire’s annual Pancake Breakfast (fall) and Birthday Carnival (spring) as well as camp work parties.

High School Service Opportunities: Please call to discuss possible community service projects for your high school organization. Recent projects have included litter removal along fences, gardening work in camp, and weeding and pruning in the front yard.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities
Many schools now require volunteer service hours. If you are interested in meeting your service requirement at Camp Fire as an individual you must come in to the office and complete a volunteer application first. If you are interested in volunteering as part of a teen team, you are invited to inquire about Camp Fire’s Horizon community volunteer service opportunities.

For more information about any of these volunteer opportunities, call the office at 562.421.2725 or contact us here.

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