When Luther and Charlotte Gulick founded Camp Fire Girls in 1910, they desired it to be an organization without barriers to race, religion, ethnic origin, or economic status so that, like Boy Scouts, girls could have opportunities to have fun outdoors, learn crafts, develop their interests, and serve their communities and beyond.
The founders, Charlotte and Luther Gulick, established a camp named “Wohelo” by taking the first two letters of the words work, health, and love. (Wohelo is a Camp Fire watchword used throughout the program.) The Gulicks selected the symbol of a fire because “Fire symbolized the home, the place of comfort and cheer. The fire is the center of the home and its activities. Friends gather and the family gathers around it.”
At the time, Camp Fire Girls was the first American, interracial, nonsectarian organization open to all girls. In 1975, Camp Fire Girls was renamed Camp Fire Boys and Girls, giving children of both genders an opportunity to learn, play, and grow equally. To this day, Camp Fire’s coeducational, inclusive philosophy sets it apart from other programs. The name was simplified to Camp Fire in 2001.
While Camp Fire has changed and adapted over the past 100 years, including expanding to welcome boys in 1975, it has remained true to its promise to give children the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.
The primary purpose of Camp Fire is to promote service to others, teamwork, and opportunities for a well-rounded life–a vivid, intense life of joy and service. – Dr. Luther Gulick

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