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Camp Fire Boys and Girls,

American organization for boys and girls from birth to age 21, originally the Camp Fire Girls, for girls 6 to 18 years old. It was founded (1910) by Luther Halsey GulickGulick, Luther Halsey
, 1865–1918, American pioneer in physical education, b. Honolulu, of American missionary parents. He studied at Oberlin College, Sargent School of Physical Training (now part of Boston Univ.), and the New York Univ. medical college (M.D., 1889).
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 (1865–1918) and other educators "to perpetuate the spiritual ideals of the home" and "to stimulate and aid in the formation of habits making for health and character." Boys were invited to join in 1975, and the organization was renamed; boys now comprise 45% of the membership of 667,000 (1999). Camp Fire runs resident camping, child-care, and self-reliance programs, as well as coeducational clubs led by adult volunteers.
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The word Wohelo was coined as the watchword of Camp Fire USA by its founder, Charlotte Gulick.
Four Lane County teens will receive Wohelo Awards, the highest national award for youths in Camp Fire USA, during a Grand Council Fire Award Ceremony on Saturday.
Camp Wilani is listed for sale, but the local Camp Fire USA council is in the midst of a $50,000 fundraising drive that would allow it to pull the land off the market and operate the camp as usual this summer.
Camp Fire USA, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Association of Independent Camps (AIC) also provide similar training events that are offered prior to the American Camping Association (ACA) National Conference.
Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, Camp Fire USA councils and Volunteer Centers were also eligible to nominate student volunteers for the awards program.
The fair's Bill Wooten Endowment Fund - which supports youth programs and environmental education projects - will give $9,750 in support of, among other things, a mural at Veneta Elementary School and an art program for Camp Fire USA participants at Camp Wilani.
Through a series of paid advertisements in the USA Today and Washington Post, ACA joined Camp Fire USA, Boys & Girls Clubs, Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, Points of Light Foundation, Search Institute, and many others to call attention to the need for continued and increased investment in domestic human needs during this difficult period.
Camp Fire USA has honored 14 local teenagers with its highest national youth award, the Wohelo Award, given annually to Camp Fire youths who show exceptional ability in leadership, teaching and service.
Camp Fire USA Wilani Council has received the following gifts: $6,000 from the Richmond F.
The local chapter of Camp Fire USA has raised $52,000 owed to the IRS in back taxes and will remain open, officials said this week.
The local chapter of Camp Fire USA received at least a dozen calls after news broke Thursday that the agency must close or pay $52,000 to the Internal Revenue Service for back taxes, Executive Director Barbara Utt said.