Camp Fire New Jersey (Trenton, NJ)


  • Name:Ms. Rachel Fikslin
  • Title:Grant Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Camp Fire New Jersey
  • Address:535 E Franklin Street
    Trenton, NJ 08610
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:6096958410

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  • Mission:
  • Camp Fire NJ’s mission is to provide educational programs that empower youth to rise above their everyday challenges and become the best that they can be!

  • Overview:
  • Camp Fire NJ is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving NJ children, youth, and communities. For the past 30 years we have partnered with NJ School Districts to educate and empower our youth. Camp Fire NJ currently provides programs in over 120 schools within and surrounding Mercer County. Our programs are developmentally and age-appropriate and range from Pre-K through 12th grade. We also offer programming outside the classroom in afterschool programs and summer camps. We are striving to expand our programming each year to reach more youth and communities throughout the state.
    Camp Fire NJ pursues our mission through the development and implementation of evidence-based, outcomes-focused, social and emotional learning programs that empower and equip youth with the tools, knowledge and skills they need to thrive. Camp Fire NJ programs teach youth to discover their “sparks” (motivating passions), develop healthy self-awareness and self-management, set meaningful goals, champion assertiveness over aggressiveness, develop social skills, build positive relationships with their peers, families, and communities, and make healthy decisions that bolster their mental and physical well-being. Camp Fire NJ emphasizes self-esteem, empowerment, empathy, tolerance, and diversity at a time when many young people feel anxious and vulnerable. Our programs simultaneously help youth understand the dangers of drug, alcohol and substance use, bullying and cyberbullying, peer pressure, and other unhealthy behaviors. Our programs are based on the idea that empowering youth with a positive self-view and knowledge about specific challenges they may face can help youth develop into responsible, successful adults.
    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.
    We reached 16,000 youth in 2016, but we seek to expand to meet the growing need in our state. In particular, our programs can help youth at stressful times such as the transitions from elementary school to middle school and middle school to high school. Reaching youth at these times is particularly important to prepare them for the unique challenges of their teenage years.

  • 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 an Opiate Prevention Program for high schoolers to address the heroin epidemic.
    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:2/25/2018 5:28:51 pm

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