Illuminating futures year-round

Throughout the year, Camp Fire Minnesota celebrates youth and helps them discover their unique sparks where they live.

These are Camp Fire Out-of-School (OST) programs. They’re small groups of youth (grades K-12) that meet two or three times a week throughout the Twin Cities metro area during non-school hours. Two Camp Fire Minnesota employees trained in a nationally recognized, cutting-edge curriculum lead each group with the assistance of committed and caring volunteers.

To join an OST program, participants must live at one of our affordable housing partner locations. Participants receive homework help, enjoy a variety of outdoor and indoor activities, and develop skills that last a lifetime.

In 2018, 212 youth and teens attended our OST programs. Thanks to camp scholarships, many attend Tanadoona in the summer, and all program sites visit Tanadoona as part of day trips during the school year.

Out-of-School programs progress through three stages of youth development that form the basis for everything we do at Camp Fire Minnesota.

  • Grade school participants focus on Sparks for Learning through project-based learning and exploration.
  • Middle school club members focus on Sparks for Leading through community engagement and service learning projects.
  • High school students focus on Sparks for Living through career exploration and planning for their futures.

Camp Fire OST programs need your support. Join the fun and help young people ignite their true potential in one of several ways.


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Based on nationally recognized youth development principles.

Spark Champions

92% of Camp Fire Minnesota youth discover their sparks and connect with caring adults, – their spark champions.

Environmental Stewards

92% of Camp Fire Minnesota youth value nature and steward the environment.

Healthy Living

90% of Camp Fire Minnesota youth understand the importance of healthy living.


Camp Fire Out-of-school Time Programs are located across the metro.


Eagle Creek Elementary, Shakopee


Affordable Housing Communities

Chancellor Manor (CHDC), Burnsville

Lincoln Place Apartments (CHDC), Mahtomedi

Linden Place Apartments (Project for Pride in Living), New Hope

Riverside Plaza (Sherman Associates), Minneapolis



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