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Help Camp Fire U.S.A. Celebrate 100 Years

It's an organization that's been helping kids across the country for a century and nearly that long here in Texoma.

This weekend Camp Fire USA is celebrating its 100th anniversary and as Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers found out, this weekend, our local North Texas chapter is planning quite the event.

"It's a life-changing program. These children interact in camp fire programs and they leave so much and develop self confidence and become caring, confident future leaders. That's really our mission statement," Executive Director Bettye Ricks said.

Across the country, campfires will be blazing tomorrow night as thousands celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary.

Camp Fire has been serving Texoma for 95 years.

The North Texas chapter currently has 2,500 members across five counties.

The non-profit recently wrapped up it's daycamp series and this summer, about 1,000 kids participated.

"We saw this summer people who have grown up in the program and they become counselors and junior counselors and leaders of camp." Ricks said.

At one time the organization was all female, now, 46 percent of participants are boys.

While Camp Fire youth take a lot from the programs, they are also taught to give back.

"We help them learn to do service all over their community. We ask them to look at the community we help them see what things are needed then we help them follow through by doing community service," Ricks said.

Over the years, Camp Fire has evolved in order to meet the needs of Texoma kids.

But, through it's service projects, summer camps along with the after school programs and fundraising activities the non-profit continues to impact youth using the same core values it has held since day one.

"This gives us a chance for us to look at the past and reflect on that but to look to the future and plan and do more for these young people all through the years. I think Camp Fire will be here forever," Ricks said.

The centennial celebrations will take place Saturday night at Harrell Park starting at 6:15.

It is a free event, open to the public and all alumni are especially encouraged to attend.

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