More than a century of empowering youth

Founded in 1910, Camp Fire is the first nonsectarian, interracial organization for girls in the United States. In 1912 the first Minnesota Camp Fire groups were organized. In 1924, Camp Fire Girls in Minnesota began operating its first summer camp program at Tanadoona in Chanhassen. Based on a commitment to the entire family, whatever its structure, membership was expanded to include boys in 1975. Today, we are inclusive and open to every person in the communities we serve.


1910 Camp Fire was founded in 1910 by visionaries, Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick and his wife, Charlotte Vetter Gulick who believed girls were every bit as deserving of outdoor learning experiences as boys.
1912 First Camp Fire groups were organized in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
1924 Camp Tanadoona was established. Minneapolis Rotary Club gifted Tanadoona, the former summer home of Governor John Lind on Lake Minnewashta, to Camp Fire Girls.
1954 The national headquarters adopted a statement calling for greater inclusiveness of all groups within all segments of membership.
1958 Camp Bluewater was established, nestled in the Chippewa National Forest on Bluewater Lake.
1975 Camp Fire expanded its membership to include boys and girls.
Minneapolis Council received Award of Excellence from President Ford.
1996 The Minnesota Camp Fire Foundation was established, with a mission to ensure Camp Fire Minnesota’s strong future.
2005 Camp Fire Minnesota launched a new partnership club model targeted at serving low-income youth and staffed by qualified, trained professionals.
2010 Camp Fire celebrated its Centennial!
2012 Camp Fire Minnesota unveiled its master plan to invest in and revitalize Tanadoona.
2014 Camp Fire Minnesota successfully completed the first phase of a multi-phase capital campaign, raising $1.5 million, plus $300,000 in in-kind gifts toward the first round of master plan improvements.
2017 Camp Fire Minnesota launched K-12 Environmental Education Field Trips at Tanadoona, with curriculum aligned to MN state education standards.
2019 Camp Fire Minnesota successfully completed the second phase of a multi-phase capital campaign, raising $5 million to build a Community & Dining Center at Tanadoona – as guided by the master plan.


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