Camp Fire's out-of-school-time (OST) programs are delivered during the school year, primarily serving ages 5–17. Across the country, youth participate in indoor and outdoor age-appropriate small group activities in which they can explore personal interests, learn to make healthy choices, develop social skills, and have fun.
OST programs include before-school and after-school, school break, tutoring, mentoring and club programs, and OST short-term courses.
A typical after-school program starts with the entire group together, so youth interact with all ages and are not segregated by grade. After a large group activity, participants are provided healthy snacks and allowed quiet time for homework completion. Directly following homework completion, the youth participate in small group experiences. These experiences typically include games, arts and crafts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities, outdoor experiences, and more. After-school programs are participant-led and end with reflection. Reflection is a unique and critical component of all Camp Fire experiences. It provides youth the opportunity to reflect on what worked well, what could be improved in the future and why. Doing so is essential to success in life at every age.