Camp Fire National Headquarters
1801 Main Street, Suite 200
Kansas City MO 64108-1932
Young people want to change the world!
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 285-2010
Mission Statement
Our Promise: Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now. Light the fire within!
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cathy Tisdale
Board Chair Mr. Dennis McMillian
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Foraker Group
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1910
Former Names
Camp Fire Boys and Girls
Camp Fire Girls
Camp Fire USA
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Our Promise: Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now. Light the fire within!
Background Statement

Camp Fire was founded in 1910 by Luther Gulick, M.D. and his wife Charlotte Gulick. Believing strongly that young people should have experiences to learn to care for themselves, the environment, and the people around them, the Gulicks created Camp Fire to guide young people on their journey of self-discovery. Actively engaged in helping youth and teens learn to build essential skills for life, Camp Fire is proud of our heritage of building community, supporting and helping enhance academic readiness, and embracing diversity. 

Camp Fire has been a leader and innovator from the very beginning. We are proud to have led the way on a number of important issues, including: 
  • Camp Fire was America's first nonsectarian and multicultural organization for girls.
  • In 1975, Camp Fire became a coeducational organization. Bringing boys and girls together, they 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 who learn together and work together.
  • In 1988, Camp Fire formalized its long-standing 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. Today, teens nationwide participate annually in community service projects that develop their skills and make real differences in their communities.
  • In 1993, Camp Fire added sexual orientation to its inclusion policy, which reads: “Camp Fire works to realize the dignity and worth of each individual and to eliminate human barriers based on all assumptions that prejudge individuals. Designed and implemented to reduce sexual, racial, religious, and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships, in Camp Fire, everyone is welcome.”
  • In 1997, Camp Fire introduced Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® – a national initiative that has touched millions of youth. Each year, adults and 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.
Impact Statement

Camp Fire is a positive youth development organization, strategically focused on helping youth build foundations that reinforce lifelong achievement. Camp Fire provides a nurturing, constructive and fun environment for youth to discover their sparks and adopt growth mindset. They learn to chart their own course towards healthy habits, leadership, and connection to nature. Helping youth become who they want to be takes time, encouragement, and paying attention to what sparks a passion. We embrace individuality; we listen, encourage, and provide opportunities for each to discover their own interests. 

Integrated within every facet of the Camp Fire experience is Thrive{ology}-a research-based framework providing a measurable approach to youth development. Youth achieve their potential via 4 skillsets: Identifying/growing personal sparks-unique skills, passions and interests; Adopting growth mindset; Building goal management skills; and Reflection. Equipped with these skills alongside support from professional, trained and caring adult role models, youth are positively impacted-more likely to achieve: higher school attendance rates, desire to stay in school, improved grades, greater social competence, positive outlook on the future, increased/accurate self-reflection, sense of purpose, environmentally conscious, healthier lifestyles, and achieve their potential.
Previous Year Successes:
  • 86% of youth report that Camp Fire provided them with the opportunity to try things they had never tried before.
  • 83% feel that if they do not achieve their goal on the first try, Camp Fire has taught them not to give up.
  • 82% report that at Camp Fire, they learned they do not have to be “born with” talent in order to become good at something. 
Current Year Goals:
  • Raise Camp Fire’s visibility nationally/regionally.
  • Grow the number of youth being served.
  • Expand/enhance strategies to increase resources/support for Camp Fire and Camp Fire councils.
Needs Statement

Camp Fire continues its commitment to growth and reaching more youth nationwide.  With Camp Fire’s unique approach to positive youth engagement, our focus is providing programs and services that measurably benefit youth and help them thrive. Since 1910 Camp Fire has advocated that resources dedicated to the healthy development of youth should not be withheld from anyone. Today Camp Fire serves over 152,000 youth and their families across America. In the greater Kansas City area, Camp Fire Heartland serves more than 2,000 youth every year; we are open to youth from all walks of life and everyone is welcome at Camp Fire. To continue our amazing results, Camp Fire needs support to:

  • Reach more youth and families with quality Camp Fire programs and experiences.
  • Introduce our new In Defense of Food program.
  • Sustain integration to ensure deeper systemic impact with youth.
  • Train and provide continuous learning for our caring adult staff and volunteers; essential to the Thrive{ology} framework.
  • Build technology capacity for increased effectiveness across Camp Fire’s affiliate system.
  • Expand awareness of Camp Fire beyond programming, to families and the greater community.
Service Categories
Camp Fire
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

My vision for Camp Fire is that we insist on providing the best for youth and teens, as they are a profound source of support for their families, friends, peers, and communities. To accomplish this, Camp Fire provides all-inclusive, coeducational programs in hundreds of communities across America. By design, Camp Fire’s programs are holistic, replicable and portable. Camp Fire gives young people what they want, where they want it. This helps keep them healthy, happy, and engaged with those around them.


Research continues to show that youth who participate in after-school activities show increased positive social behaviors, and decreased at-risk behaviors. Because of this research, Camp Fire offers quality before and after school programming. Research also indicates that when young people of different backgrounds (ethnicity, sexual orientation, genders, etc.) come together, social skills are improved and tolerance is generated. Camp Fire is a truly inclusive organization for that reason. Allowing youth and teens to self-discover diminishes negative self-image and low confidence; therefore Camp Fire strives to help youth discover their inner spark that will help them thrive in life. Camp Fire programs are led by positive, caring adults trained to help youth and teens find and grow their personal sparks.


We are an organization that stands firm on the fact that we should stop waiting for our youth to become the next CEO, the next President of the United States, or the next billionaire. We should focus on making a better kid and family now. Camp Fire helps youth, teens, and families thrive now.


Camp Fire Heartland delivers experiential program activities in small-group formats because young people learn best from hands-on activities that they help create. From outdoor camp experiences, to conflict resolution programs, to comprehensive after school programs in grades K-5, Camp Fire works to meet the needs of our community's youth.

Camp Fire Heartland serves Kansas City area communities through our many quality programs including:

  • Teen service and leadership programs
  • InterACTION focused toward positive communications for middle school youth
  • Conflict resolution programs at area elementary schools
  • After-school programs providing education enhancement components
  • Building Blocks STEM uses a combination of acclaimed curricula and today’s technology to create new innovations for a better tomorrow
  • Wise Kids and Wise Kids Outdoors to teach healthy living choices
  • Summer Camp and summer learning programs
  • Family-led clubs throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area

Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success

Camp Fire Heartland uses a research- and evidence-based methodology, called Thrive{ology}, in all programs. For the first time, this methodology integrates the research around the psychological development of youth (emotional/social learning) with neuroscience (adolescent brain development).  

Research shows that youth exposed to Camp Fire Heartland's approach:

  • Achieve higher grades 
  • Attain better school attendance rates 
  • Demonstrate social competence 
  • Lead healthy lifestyles 
  • Volunteer to help other people 
  • Provide sound stewardship of the earth and its resources 
  • Have a sense of purpose

In research conducted by Hatchuel Tabernik and Associates, 19% of Camp Fire youth reported improvement in their confidence to resolve conflict. In the same study, 83% believe that if they do not achieve their goal on the first try, not to give up. Camp Fire Heartland participants fared better than Camp Fire’s national average in questions relating to finding and discovering their own sparks, goal setting, and reflection.

Long-Term Success

Camp Fire Heartland’s long term success lies in scaling the positive outcomes from our short term successes by serving more youth and teens in Kansas City. Whether through our camp and outdoor experiences (where we see a 96% satisfaction rating), or through our after-school programming, Camp Fire’s model is scalable enough to serve Kansas City’s youth.

Program Success Monitored By

In addition to monitoring program outcomes through our annual HTA program assessment, Camp Fire employs an integrated approach to both program quality measurement and outcomes measurement. Camp Fire collaborated with Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality to develop the Camp Fire Program Quality Assessment (CFPQA), aligning research-driven assessment tools with Camp Fire's national program standards. Regular self and external assessments are conducted on all program components by specially certified staff, and results are used to develop improvement plans that increase program quality and effectiveness, ultimately leading to greater positive youth outcomes. Camp Fire is also the first organization of its kind to implement TCC Group's Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) on a national level, including in Kansas City. The CCAT measures organizational behaviors that directly impact its effectiveness and sustainability, with program as the centerpiece.

Examples of Program Success

In research conducted by Hatchuel Tabernik and Associates, 91% of Camp Fire youth work hard to create an inclusive environment. Camp Fire also sees growth of youth confidence, where 19% of Camp Fire youth reported improvement in their abilities to resolve conflict. In the same study, 83% believe that if they do not achieve their goal on the first try, not to give up. Camp Fire Heartland participants also fared better than Camp Fire’s national average in questions relating to finding and discovering their own sparks, goal setting, and reflection.


Youth want to shape the world, especially teens! Teen service and leadership programs are vital to building robust communities and creating a better world. To develop this important resource, Camp Fire guides teens through impactful community service and leadership experiences.


  • Teen Service and Leadership provides opportunities for teens learn to develop as effective and engaged citizens.
  • Teens in Action is a youth-led/driven program, guided by trained adults. Through Camp Fire’s service learning program structure, teens learn to identify community needs, decide issues needing advocacy, then take action to make a difference.
  • The National Youth Advisory Cabinet ensures the youth voice is heard, and has weight in policy and decision making within Camp Fire.
  • Camp Fire’s Counselor-in-Training program prepares young people to serve in leadership roles at -Camp Fire camps. This program provides significant personal development and early professional development for participants.


Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Through Camp Fire's Teen Service and Leadership programs:
  • Youth take on formal and informal school and community leadership roles
  • Youth become more involved with community, business and civic leaders
  • Youth see themselves as partners and positive change agents in formal and informal school and community settings
  • Youth increase their application of Thrive concepts and strategies
  • Youth initiate collaborations and coalitions with formal school and community leaders
Long-Term Success Camp Fire is committed to a foundational believe that youth want to shape the world and they can do it right now. Through Teen Service and Leadership programs Camp Fire youth realize they have the ability to become leaders in their community right now and that their voice matters.

Ultimately, through Camp Fire's Teen Service and Leadership programs, we envision improved communities across the country with:

  • A broader more diverse base of potential organizational and community leaders
  • Increased numbers of youth initiated service projects in the community
  • Schools and communities strengthened through youth leadership and engagement
  • Increased commitment to civic engagement and community action among America's youth
Program Success Monitored By For Teen Service and Leadership program specifically, impact is measured most commonly via a pre and post survey that provides measurable outcomes data related to the following indicators:
  • Youth gain skills and knowledge required to be more effective leaders
  • Youth gain understanding of Thrive{ology} and begin practicing its principles
  • Youth gain awareness of their power to create communities that meet their needs and the needs of others
  • Youth improve skills for engaging/ involving adults as partners in their schools and communities
  • Youth increase appreciation for youth-adult partnerships that create a space for them to lead
Examples of Program Success
According to research recently completed independently by Gallup, Civic Enterprises and America’s Promise Alliance, teens often dropout of school when they lose hope.They lose hope that they can achieve their dreams, they lose hope that they can learn, they lose hope that they can thrive. Camp Fire is uniquely focused on providing these teens with an opportunity to ignite their spark, set goals, create a plan and work to achieve them. As evident by our most recent outcomes measurement, youth participating in Camp Fire programs are thriving:
  • 84% say if they do not achieve their goal on the first try, Camp Fire has taught them not to give up. 
  • 83% say they learn they do not have to be “born with” talent to become good at something through Camp Fire. 
  • 83% say they get a chance to think about things in their life that make them proud in Camp Fire.
  • 82% say they have a chance to try to a lot of things they have never tried before in Camp Fire Because Camp Fire is participant-centered, young people discover their voice and share in the experience. Camp Fire provides teens the opportunity to discover vital life skills.

  • Wise Kids® is a science-based wellness program where kids learn in a fun way about making healthy food and activity choices. Healthy choice messaging will travel home with kids to their families, sharing what they have learned through their engagement in the program. Absent this program, vulnerable youth are subject to obesity, diabetes, and other serious and preventable diet related diseases.
  • Wise Kids Outdoors uses Wise Kids® curricula, program structure, and themes–adding a robust environmental component to help kids learn how to make healthy choices, and the importance respecting nature.
  • In Defense of Food - companion to the PBS documentary, our new program uses activities/video to give kids new tools to think critically about food. They prepare recipes, create poetry and participate in peer learning to investigate, "What should I eat to be healthy?" As they progress through the program, they will discover what Michael Pollan means by, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

Category Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success Prior research has shown Wise Kids and Wise Kids Outdoors to be effective, long- and short-term. The curricula are based on more than a decade of research on design, implementation, and results. Nationally, Wise Kids® has been tested and used with more than 30,000 children. Evaluation has documented a positive effect on children's attitudes and behaviors toward healthy living, including healthy snacking, breakfast consumption, increased physical activity, and screen-time reduction. Selected National results include such positive outcomes as: Selected national results (local pilot results have been similar) include these:
  • The number of children who reported eating breakfast increased by 13%.
  • The number of children who reported eating more fruits and vegetables grew by 16%.
  • The number of children who reported increased physical activity grew by 16%.
  • 42% of children surveyed reported a decrease in overall screen time (including television and computer).
Long-Term Success In order to help young people prevent childhood obesity and learn to make healthier lifestyle choices, Camp Fire Wise Kids focuses on prevention and education, which will allow us to directly address two key childhood environmental factors highlighted in the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President (2011): poor eating habits and reduced physical activity. Wise Kids® curricula provide hands-on lessons involving physical activity to keep kids interested and having fun while learning valuable concepts. The overall goal of Camp Fire Wise Kids is for children to learn and practice healthy eating and activity behaviors, which will lead to long-term healthy behavior changes decreasing childhood obesity in the United States.
Program Success Monitored By The University of Minnesota conducted quantitative and qualitative research on both Wise Kids and Wise Kids Outdoors programs. Their School of Kinesiology, Division of Recreation and Sports Studies within the College of Education and Human Development was instrumental in designing research protocol. Principal investigators also helped provide overall program guidance in effective youth programming principals. The overall goal of Camp Fire's Growing Wise Kids project is for children to learn and practice healthy eating and activity behaviors, which will lead to long-term healthy behavior changes. Camp Fire collects impact data from participating children to understand how healthy eating and physical activity attitudes, values, and behaviors change following program delivery. Research is conducted through the Wise Kids Evaluation Tool, a retrospective survey, to measure changes in children engaged with the Wise Kids program.
Examples of Program Success Selected national results (local pilot results have been similar) include these:
  • The number of children who reported eating breakfast increased by 13%.
  • The number of children who reported eating more fruits and vegetables grew by 16%.
  • The number of children who reported increased physical activity grew by 16%.
  • 42% of children surveyed reported a decrease in overall screen time (including television and computer).

Deep appreciation of nature and environmental stewardship, have been core to Camp Fire as an organization since our founding in 1910. Camp Fire provides opportunities for youth to be outside to learn, explore and grow together while developing a lifelong appreciation of and respect for the nature and the environment. Camp Fire's environmental and camp programs connect young people with power of nature, awakening their senses and sparking their desire to learn.

Through Camp Fire's outdoor programs, youth from different backgrounds develop vital skills such as socialization, self-reliance, problem solving, and an appreciation of and commitment to the natural environment. Participants make their own decisions, have fun, and seek adventures.

Examples of outdoor programs include: day camp, resident camp, environmental education, summer learning programs, and short-term outdoor programs which include day trips.

Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Camp Fire's camp programs connect young people with nature. We offer resident camp, day camp, environmental education, and short-term outdoor programs which include day trips. At camp, youth from different backgrounds develop important skills, such as socialization, self-reliance, problem solving, and an appreciation of and commitment to the natural environment. Participants make their own decisions, have fun, and seek adventure! Through camp and outdoor education programs, Camp Fire youth experience positive outcomes such as:
  • Positive Identity
  • Self Esteem
  • Independence Social Skills
  • Leadership
  • Friendship
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Physical & Thinking Skills
  • Adventure & exploration
Long-Term Success
  • A growing body of evidence suggests that significant changes in childhood have occurred over the past several decades relating to children’s experiences in nature. Richard Louv, Chairman of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) Board of Directors, coined the phrase, “nature - deficit disorder”to give a name to one major shift in society that appears to be associated with detrimental impacts on children’s health.
  • Spending time in nature aids in stress reduction and in the treatment of depression and ADHD. (Faber Taylor, et al, 2003; Louv, 2005; Wells, & Evans, 2003)
  • Natural environments offer greater opportunities for unfettered physical movement, thus decreasing the likelihood of obesity (Moore, et al , 2003).
  • Children who experience the natural world and have opportunities to play and learn within it are more likely to choose science or related fields as careers. (Edwards, Gandini, & Forman, 1998)

Program Success Monitored By Impact of Camp Fire programs are measured via pre and post evaluations or post-reflective evaluations.

Examples of Program Success Camp Fire Camp and Outdoor programs immerse participants in nature to learn, explore, and grow together while developing a lifelong respect for the outdoors. Thousands of Camp Fire youth experience the power of nature to awaken the senses and the desire to learn every year through these programs.
  • Camp Fire's school year 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • After-school programs are offered 3–5 days a week during the school year to meet the needs of youth and their families.

Category Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Camp Fire's out-of-school time programs instill the core values of: self-esteem, tolerance of others, power of the natural world, service leadership, and community awareness.
Long-Term Success Youth and teens who participate in this program show reduced risky and harmful behaviors, reduced anti-social activities, and increased self-awareness. Participants also show increased engagement and performance in academics and an increase awareness of the natural world resulting in a higher number of positive contributions to the communities in which they live and society as a whole.
Program Success Monitored By Camp Fire programs are measured using a comprehensive organizational and programmatic practices improvement cycle. This cycle uses social asset based research, outcome measurement surveys and continuous program improvement standards.
Examples of Program Success
  • Evaluation of the changes achieved through our Thrive{ology} framework substantiates that it is the "how" of what we do that sets Camp Fire apart. All youth who have participated in Camp Fire’s Thrive{ology} framework have shown marked improvement in their ability to set, pursue, and manage goals. Some specific examples include:
  • Youth ages 10-13 showed an increase in all indicators of Goal Management Skills, including statistically significant improvement in their overall goal management skills (4.9% increase), as well as their ability to select measurable, realistic, stretching goals (6.3% increase).
  • Youth ages 14 and older showed a statistically significant improvement in each of the areas of Goal Management Skills, including goal selection and pursuit of strategies (8.47% increase); and shifting gears, which measures a youth’s ability to compensate when previously selected strategies don’t work (8.19% increase).

CEO Comments

Using intentional and quality youth development activities, Camp Fire creates a positive environment and reinforces positive attitudes and behaviors that build crucial life skills including the essential elements of connectedness and empathy. Camp Fire programs achieve an increase in the number of youth who demonstrate sensitivity and understanding of people who may not be like them.  Appreciation of diversity in race, culture, religion, ability or disability, learning styles and socio-economic status connects young people with their community.

Another crucial life-skill includes the essential elements of a positive sense of self and the skills to navigate successfully. Camp Fire programs increase the number of youth who know how to form and achieve goals, who do well in academic and social situations and who successfully navigate life by demonstrating good decision-making skills and by avoiding risky and destructive behaviors.
Camp Fire also involves the essential elements of productiveness and sense of future. Camp Fire programs achieve an increase in the number of youth who demonstrate optimism about their futures, a belief in having control over things that happen to them and reporting that their life has purpose. Youth will demonstrate, in attitude and action, a commitment to making a positive difference in society.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Cathy Tisdale
Term Start June 2010
Compensation $200,001 - Plus

Cathy Tisdale is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in non-profit leadership. Prior to joining Camp Fire, she held senior leadership positions in non-profit management with significant experience in building and leading organizations and teams to achieve mission, strategy and impact.

Cathy brings to Camp Fire a track record of achievement at both the non-profit affiliate and national headquarters levels and has served in geographically and demographically diverse markets. Throughout her career, she has focused on building strong partnerships with board, staff, community and business leaders to achieve mission, increase organization efficiency and effectiveness, and achieve measurable increases in philanthropic support, corporate partnerships, program revenue and growth. Cathy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

“At a time when Americans have never felt more polarized politically or challenged economically, Camp Fire offers youth fun and engaging ways to develop as leaders and good citizens,” said Tisdale. “I am honored to serve as the president and CEO of an organization with a 100 year tradition of strengthening families and fostering leadership and service among America’s young people.”

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Jill Paewalk June 2006 - Jan 2009
Ms. Pamela J. Wilcox Feb 2009 - July 2010
Senior Staff
Title Chief Financial Officer
Title Chief Operating Officer
Paid Full-Time Staff 20
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Volunteers 120
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

Camp Fire proactively seeks diverse resources and collaborative partnerships for all programs and services. Local, community, civic, corporate, foundation and private funding, council fees, summer camp fees, unrestricted contributions, as well as events are engaged to support Camp Fire. Our impactful, empowering programs are a tremendous asset to partner organizations working with youth. Camp Fire has a network of committed collaborative supporters include United Way of Greater Kansas City, United Way of Wyandotte County, Kansas City Missouri School District, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, KidZone, Jackson County COMBAT, Burlington Northern, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Royals Foundation, Afterschool Alliance, Thrive Foundation for Youth, New York Life Foundation, R.A. Long Foundation, RGK Foundation, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Samsung, America’s Charities, National Human Services Assembly, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, and many…many more. Camp Fire continually works to develop and establish new relationships and is currently seeking collaborative opportunities with the KC STEM Alliance.


American Camp Association - Member2013
American Camp Association - Member2014
American Camp Association - Member2015
American Camp Association - Member2016
Cathy Tisdale- 2013 Influential Women awardKC Business Magazine2013
Top Identity Campaign Philly AwardsNonprofit Connect2012
Silver AwardPublic Relations Society of America2012
People's Choice AwardNonprofit Connect2013
Candace Walker--Rising Star 2013KC Business Magazine2013
Top Media Campaign--Philly AwardsNonprofit Connect2013
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day - Award of DistinctionNonprofit Connect2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

Camp Fire is proud of our staff of dedicated youth development professionals. We are constantly working to ensure we uphold the best business practices and hold the utmost transparency to our donors and supporters. 

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Dennis McMillian
Company Affiliation The Foraker Group
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2018
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Ms. Jane Parker
Company Affiliation InterbrandHealth
Term Jan 2017 to Feb 2018
Board Members
Ms. Mara Cohara
Mr. Nathaniel Collins
Mr. Matt Crist CPAGrant Thornton, LLP
Mr. Steven Culbertson President and CEO of Youth Service Americe (YSA)
Mr. Stephen C. Franke Jr., CPAReynolds & Franke, PC
Ms. Lauren Lampe Trustee
Mr. Dennis McMillian
Mr. Don Merrill Merrill Investments
Mr. Rudy Oeftering
Ms. Jane Parker
Ms. Nicole Robinson
Mr. Amir St. Clair
Mr. Rick Taylor
Ms. Cathy Tisdale Camp Fire National Headquarters
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Board Governance
CEO Comments

Camp Fire’s national office is located in the heart of Kansas City, and serves local Camp Fire affiliate offices in communities across America. Camp Fire’s Board of Trustees represent both for-profit and not-for-profit industry sectors, local Camp Fire councils, and our participating youth.

Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $3,710,593
Projected Expenses $3,695,152
Endowment Value $111,347
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$101,326$99,848($130,287)
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$11,120$14,419$0
Revenue In-Kind$19,062$0$9,702
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,354,453$2,424,842$3,164,785
Administration Expense$491,063$501,897$644,407
Fundraising Expense$183,605$162,805$520,024
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.270.810.70
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%78%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%18%37%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,723,987$3,357,205$3,331,225
Current Assets$3,485,737$2,380,941$1,615,796
Long-Term Liabilities$434,059$709,138$0
Current Liabilities$220,668$319,435$342,929
Total Net Assets$3,069,260$2,328,632$2,988,296
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities15.807.454.71
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets12%21%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $1,250,000 --United Way of Greater Kansas City $161,437
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $597,153 --Gamma Phi Beta Foundation $63,832
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $100,000 --RGK Foundation $50,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

The substantial loss for FY2015 is primarily due to the release of funds from multi-year grants, from the New York Life Foundation and the Thrive Foundation for Youth. These 3-year-cycle grants were booked as revenue in FY2012 and were received in payments over the grant period.

Organization Name Camp Fire National Headquarters
Address 1801 Main Street, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 641081932
Primary Phone (816) 285-2010
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cathy Tisdale
Board Chair Mr. Dennis McMillian
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Foraker Group
Year of Incorporation 1910
Former Names
Camp Fire Boys and Girls
Camp Fire Girls
Camp Fire USA