Camp Fire Alaska | Light the Fire Within

School Programs

More than 1,200 youth attend our before and after school programs

We understand that quality programs help children develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills, and are key to helping youth become successful adults. Our municipally licensed programs offer kids challenging activities and learning experiences while also providing support to working families.

During COVID-19, we have continued to operate and serve families with our school year programs, altering our services to meet the needs of families in accordance with CDC guidelines and through partnership with the Anchorage School District and other local organizations.

Camp Fire helped me to express myself and to stick up for myself. I remember when I was really shy. Now that I go here, I feel awesome!

Brendan, age 11

My children are better friends and more outgoing. They play games, try new things, and have even become better students. What a blessing Camp Fire is!

Anita, Camp Fire Parent

It makes life so much easier knowing my son is in great hands while I'm at work. He has fun with his friends, gets help with homework, and doesn't want to leave when I pick him up!

Brad, Camp Fire Parent

Without the time, effort, and love that Camp Fire staff provided, we would not have been able to provide educational access to our students....They were the light in a very dark time and a model of how to be with kids during COVID. Their example gave us all courage that it could be done.

Meghan McCarthy-Grant, Chester Valley School Principal

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Why Choose Camp Fire?


Known for our quality programs and caring, professional staff, we have watched generations of young Alaskans grow up in our Before and After School Programs and have over a century of experience helping youth thrive. During virtual learning situations for school aged children due to coronavirus, we have adjusted our programs to be in cohort structure to maintain safety and follow all CDC guidelines.

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Hours of Operation

School Programs are open from 7am to 9am and again from 3:30pm to 6pm, except on Monday mornings, the hours are 7am-10am to accommodate PLC Mondays.


Camp Fire Alaska has full day programs and before and after school programs at select locations in Anchorage and Eagle River. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade can attend any of our program locations.

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Year-Round Programs

When school’s out, Camp Fire is in! We operate during the school year, during school breaks and all summer.

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We believe all youth and families should have access to our programs and we work hard to make that happen. Our Scholarship Program helps bridge the gap for those who need it, so all kids can have a safe place to go while their families are at work. Our school programs also accept childcare assistance payments.

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The Camp Fire Alaska main office operates on the ancestral land of the Dena’ina people. Camp Fire Alaska runs programing on the lands of the Athabascan, Yup’ik, Chup’ik, Sougpiaq, and Inupiaq peoples. We value and thank them for their current and historic commitment to and protection of this land. We pledge to assist, in partnership, in the environmental stewardship of these lands. We strive to learn more about the history of the Native peoples of Alaska and the historic trauma they have suffered. We commit to being an active ally through activities, actions, and organizational decisions and practices. We understand that this is a dynamic process through which our Land Acknowledgement practices, and statement will evolve as we receive feedback from tribal partners and acquire a deeper understanding of and from the Native peoples of Alaska.