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Our History

Founded in 1910, Camp Fire was the first nonsectarian, interracial organization for girls in the United States. Based on a commitment to the entire family, whatever its structure, membership was expanded to include boys in 1975. We are inclusive and open to every person in the communities we serve regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or other aspect of diversity.

Reaching nearly 750,000 children and youth annually, Camp Fire  is a leader in after-school and out-of-school time programming. By design, Camp Fire’s programs build confidence in younger children and provide hands-on, youth-driven leadership experiences for teens and young adults. Camp Fire takes pride in its long-standing commitment to providing the following programs to youth and their families.
  • Camp Fire was founded in 1910 by Luther Gulick, M.D., and his wife, Charlotte Gulick.
  • The first nonsectarian organization for girls in the United States.
  • Camp Fire USA Mt. San Antonio Council (Inland Southern California) was established in 1927.
  • In 1975, membership was expanded to include boys.