Campfire New Jersey (Trenton, NJ)


  • Name:Jason Frable

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Campfire New Jersey
  • Address:535 East Franklin Street
    Trenton, NJ 08610
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:609 304-5822

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  • Mission:
  • Woven into every Camp Fire experience is our proven framework for thriving. We call it Thrive{ology}. It’s a research-based, measurable approach to youth development. Created in partnership with the Thrive Foundation for Youth, our approach enables youth to achieve their full potential through four components:

    1. IDENTIFY SPARKS (Passion): What are you passionate about in your life?

    2. GROWTH: Adopting a growth mindset (the belief that you can learn new skills all the time).

    3. GOALS: Identifying goals and creating a plan to get there.

    4. REFLECT: Creating the opportunity to reflect on activities and outcomes in one's life.

    Equipped with these skills, and with the support of trained, caring adults, Camp Fire participants are more likely to:

    1. Stay in school.
    2. Demonstrate social competence.
    3. Lead a healthy lifestyle.
    4. Be environmentally conscious.
    5. Have a sense of purpose.
    6. Achieve their full potential.

  • Overview:
  • MISSION STATEMENT: Camp Fire NJ mission is to provide educational programs that empower children to rise above their everyday challenges and become the best that they can be. It is an opportunity for children and teens to discover who they are.

    Camp Fire provides a nurturing, constructive and fun environment for young people to discover their sparks—unique skills, passions, and interests—and adopt a growth mindset. They chart their own course to healthy habits, community leadership, and connection to nature in collaboration with trained, caring adults. And, in turn, Camp Fire youth give back by sharing those skills in their communities.

    School Settings:
    When Camp Fire partners with your school, students have the opportunity to work with trained, caring adults who can help them with their school work, teach them about health and wellness, keep them active, engage them in community service projects, or provide mentoring regarding challenges youth face today. Our programs are uniquely focused to help youth thrive.

    1. Afterschool Programs:
    Whether it is a certain subject in school, music, art, technology, sports, or just being outdoors, Camp Fire provides time during, before, and after school for youth and teens to explore their interests. Programs focus on:

    Conflict Resolution
    Bullying and Cyberbullying
    Health and Wellness
    Creative Arts
    Digital Literacy
    Mentoring and Tutoring
    Community Service
    Teen Leadership Development
    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

    2. In School Programs:
    Programs are structured in collaboration with each individual teacher, and school, to ensure that Camp Fire programs support each youth’s education. Youth and teachers are encouraged to provide feedback to help deliver the program in a way that aligns with the students’ passions and unique talents. Our trained adult staff gathers this input to tailor curricula to meet the needs and nurture the sparks of the youth in the class.

    Teen Leadership and Service Programs:
    Our staff is trained to work alongside teens and tailor programs to fit their needs and interests. We are committed to our promise to help teens lift their voice and shape the world, to help teens develop to their fullest and lead today. Just as there are many ways to give service and lead within a community, there are many ways to be a part of Camp Fire.

    1.Teens in Action – Our Teens in Action program is youth-led and youth-driven, guided by trained adults. Through our service-learning framework, teens learn to identify community needs, issues, or challenges; decide what issues they want to advocate for; and then take action to make a difference in their communities.

    2. Wohelo Award – The Wohelo Award is Camp Fire’s highest honor for teen community service and leadership. With the guidance of Camp Fire staff members, teens around the country have taken on issues that most affect them and instituted lasting change.

    3. National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC) – Our Youth Advisory Cabinet ensures youth voice in policy and decision making that affects the entire Camp Fire Movement. In addition, YAC members serve as a strong voice for youth and teens everywhere—whether or not they’ve ever been a part of Camp Fire. YAC members are selected annually through a highly competitive application and interview process. Teens who have been active in Camp Fire are strongly encouraged to apply. However, Camp Fire participation is not required. We seek high school and college students who represent the broad spectrum of young people committed to community service and leadership.

    Summer Programs:
    Camp Fire’s commitment to assist youth and teens continues beyond school. Our Camp and Outdoor programs provide a place for individuals to explore their talents, learn new skills, and experience nature. There are opportunities to make new friends and create lifelong relationships with others who share the same interests and get to experience the excitement of exploration with one another.

    1. Day and Resident Camp: Throughout our history, Camp Fire has connected youth and their families to the environment through our Camp and Outdoor programs. Camp Fire’s camp programs connect young people with nature. We offer resident camp, day camp, environmental education, and short-term outdoor programs that include day trips. At camp, youth from different backgrounds develop important skills, such as self-reliance and problem solving, while interacting with natural surroundings and enjoying fun activities, such as swimming, archery, hiking, and more. Participants make their own decisions, have fun, and seek adventure!

    2. Counselor-in-Training - If you love the outdoors and are interested in a career in youth development, Camp Fire offers Counselor-in-Training programs. These programs provide training and mentoring, teaching lifelong professional skills in working with younger youth.

  • History:
  • For over 100 years Camp Fire has actively engaged youth and teens in building essential skills for life.

    Our heritage of cultivating community building, supporting academic readiness, and embracing diversity sets us apart. Camp Fire was founded in 1910 by Luther Gulick, M.D., and his wife, Charlotte Gulick. They created Camp Fire “to guide young people on their journey to self-discovery.” The Gulicks felt strongly that the experiences young people have early in life teach them to care for themselves, their environment, and the people around them for a lifetime.

    Camp Fire has been a leader and innovator in youth development from the very beginning. We’re proud to have led the way on some important issues.

    IN 1936, Camp Fire NJ was chartered as a 501(c)3 and so our story began.

    IN 1975, Camp Fire became a co-educational organization. Boys and girls learn to play and work alongside each other and appreciate their similarities and differences in positive ways. Today, our programs serve roughly equal numbers of boys and girls.

    IN 1983, Camp Fire NJ recognized the need for In-School Programming as we realized the “latch key” kids population was growing. From there, the Safe And Sure and Count On Me Kids Programs were implemented in Preschools through 2nd Grade classrooms.

    IN 1988, Camp Fire formalized its longstanding focus on teen service and leadership. Teens in Action was created to seize the energy and ideas of teens to tackle real issues in their communities. Nationwide, teens participate annually in community service projects that develop their skills and make real differences in their communities.

    IN 1989, Camp Fire NJ added a new program called Caution Without Fear for 3rd and 4th grade children.

    IN 1993, Camp Fire added sexual orientation to its Inclusion Policy.

    IN 1997, Camp Fire introduced Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®—a national initiative that has touched millions of youth. Each year, adults and older teens write letters to youth, celebrating each child’s unique talents and pledging their encouragement and support. Absolutely Incredible Kid Day takes place annually on the third Thursday of March.

    IN 2000, Camp Fire NJ developed the Peer Proof programs to address the Middle School students.

    IN 2010, Camp Fire celebrated its 100th birthday. Camp Fire participants across the country all lit campfires at the same time to honor the legacy of our organization. Camp Fire continues to celebrate its birthday on March 17th every year.

    IN 2011, Camp Fire NJ celebrated 75 years!

    IN 2011, Camp Fire NJ partnered with Summer Camps and Afterschool Programs bringing our programs to reach more children.

    IN 2012, Camp Fire became the first national youth development organization in the United States to implement the Thriving framework developed by the Thrive Foundation for Youth.

    IN 2012, Camp Fire NJ started its first Teens in Action group at Bordentown Regional High School called Teens On Fire.

    IN 2013, Camp Fire NJ celebrated 30 years of excellent partnerships with the NJ schools.

    IN 2014, Camp Fire NJ in collaboration with Kriger Consulting implemented a High School Program, an Opiate Prevention Program.

    IN 2015, Camp Fire NJ built 3 new programs for Summer Camps and Afterschool Programs called K.I.N.D. Kids, Building Future Leaders and Counselors In Training Leadership Program.

    IN 2016, Camp Fire NJ celebrates our 80th year of building future leaders! We also created the F.L.I (Future Leaders Ignited) Program for middle school students.

  • Year established:1936
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:21-0646544

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:210646544
  • Organization Name:CAMP FIRE
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:NEW JERSEY INC
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:535 E FRANKLIN ST
  • Organization City:TRENTON
  • Organization State:NJ
  • Organization Zip:08610-5313
  • Group Exemption Number:1409
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:9
  • Ruling Date:March, 1958
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):349, 059
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other youth organization or activities, Other school related activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$138,043
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$403,501
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$392,053
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 8:29:13 am

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