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Thanks to REI, Camp Fire has some new youth-specific gear to add to our Backpacking equipment. If you are a Camp Fire Member, you can rent this gear at no cost for your next adventure. This is a great way to go on a family camping/backpacking trip at a low cost. 

Our week-long trips are coming up this summer. With a beginner/intermediate trip to the Pecos Wilderness in NM, and an advanced trip to the Weminuche Wilderness in CO, this new gear from...

 Camp Fire's Backpacking Club explored Pedernalas Falls State Park during the last two weekends in April. They got some amazing photos of their adventures! Be sure to sign up for the next trip and meet new friends and families in the process.

Check out some of our favorite photos from the Camp Balcones Cleanup! We had a blast working with over 60 volunteers to get Camp ready for the Summer. We began framing out the back deck, painted the interior of our 4 room cabin, put in a new pathway, set our fence posts in the backyard, and collected trash from the park and surrounding areas. Camp Fire is so grateful for friends like you, who gave up time to help us meet our goals. We're also so...

Nathan Deolloz, 13 years old, recently went on Camp Fire's Backpacking Trip to Arkansas for the week of Spring Break. Here's what he thought of the trip and his experience with Camp Fire's Backpacking Club:

I recently participated in the backpacking trip to Arkansas, and the Heifer ranch event that went along with it. After a 12 hour drive to our car camping site, we set up tents for the night after some dinner. The next day, we drove the vans for...


Barbara Dunnam Appointed to Board of Governors of National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE)

Washington D.C. – 03/02/2017 – The National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Dunnam to NANOE’s prestigious 2017 Board of Governors. Dunnam will be honored alongside fellow Governors March 7-8, 2017 in Columbia, SC at NANOE’s 201...

February 23, 2017

Amplify Austin is just around the corner. On March 2 & 3rd, the Austin community comes together and gives to causes and nonprofits that make this community even better. We hope you'll consider making a donation to support Camp Fire and the youth and families who rely on us for nature and STEM- based programming. We're honored to be shaping the next generation of environmental leaders, conservationists, students in STEM fields and outdoor enthusia...

February 16, 2017

Help Camp Fire Clean up Camp Balcones! Camp Balcones Summer STEM Camp, has found a new home at Emma Long. We need your help to get the park ready for Camp!

February 7, 2017

Have you ever wanted to hike for miles across beautiful landscapes with everything you need for a few days of adventuring on your back? Camp Fire's Backpacking Club is a great way to get introduced to Backpacking. We think you'll fall in love with it once you give it a try!

Backpacking Club is open to kids (6th grade and older), parents and adults who want to experience the beauty of the outdoor landscapes here in Texas. Advanced backpackers are w...

February 1, 2017

Camp Fire Summer Camp finds a new home and a new name.

Camp  Fire's premier Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering , and Math) Day Camp has found a new home at Emma Long Metropolitan Park.  Thanks to a new partnership with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Camp Fire Summer Campers will learn and play at one central location for the first time. Camp Fire Executive Director Barbara  Dunnam said that the partnership with Austin Park...

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