Members of the Camp Fire USA North Texas board of directors, advisory board and friends of Camp Fire will be calling on 750 people asking them to partner with Camp Fire in providing exciting programs for more than 2,000 children and their families by contributing financially. The goal is set for $60,000. The team members will be asking for a $100 Sustaining Membership gift but will be pleased to receive more or less.
Founded in 1910, Camp Fire was the first nonsectarian, interracial organization for girls (the "Camp Fire Girls") in the United States. Camp Fire USA North Texas Council has been enriching the lives of youth in our community and outlying areas since 1915 -97 years. Based on a commitment to the entire family, membership was expanded to include boys in 1976. Camp Fire is an all- inclusive youth development organization focused on providing the skills and tools necessary to lead meaningful, productive lives. In Camp Fire Youth are surrounded with positive adult role models which fosters a sense of security and belonging and which strengthens belief in themselves, trust in others and hope for the future. The importance of community service and giving back to others is a significant part of the Camp Fire message.
Programs provided by the council include Traditional Club, Self Reliance, Special Services (after-school), camping AND Outdoor/Environmental education. Camp Fire has continually adapted its programs and services to meet the changing needs of youth through the years.
Co-Chairpersons of the Sustaining Membership drive are Steve Mendenhall and LaDonna Cullen. Captains are Jack Lavy, Bill Jeter, Mac Cannedy, Pam Ayres, Bob Hampton, Joyce James, Susanne Hogue, and Jimmy Anderson. New team members this year are: Chris Cunningham, Joe Cullen, Rebekah Botkin, Adam Whitmire, Melvin Joyner, Klint Ostermann and Anthony Patterson.
The kick-off will be held at the A. D. January Lodge at Harrell Park on Thursday, November 1 at noon.