The Camp Fire Girls
were founded in 1910 by Luther and Charlotte Gulick. Boys
were first admitted in 1975 and now make up about 45% of membership. Camp Fire was popular in the '50s and '60s, but nationwide (US) membership now stands at about 650,000.
The Camp Fire catch word is Wohelo, which means WOrk HEalth
LOve. These three concepts guide much of what goes in the programs.
The "Bluebird" program, which sparked much of the organization's popularity, was adapted and reorganized as Camp Fire and society changed. Currently, the groups are organized into 4 levels: Starflight
(grades K-2), Adventure (grades 3-5), Discovery (grades 6-8), and Horizon (grades 9-12). Starflight and Adventure kids wear red or blue vests, onto which patches and beads can be sewn. Discovery and Horizon wear the pseudo Native American tunics/gowns. The highest achievement in Camp Fire is to get the Wohelo Medallion. It takes 2-3 years of work to earn. Very few people receive the Wohelo Medallion, both because of the amount of work it takes, and
the fact that most people lose interest in the program long before they are eligible.
In addition to the traditional groups, Camp Fire also runs summer camps around the country, and administers a number of social programs for "at-risk" kids.
The Camp Fire Law (circa 1988, when I was in Camp Fire):
Hold Onto Health