Junior Firefighter Camps and Academies

Every year, a number of fire departments and related organizations across the nation host junior firefighter and Explorer camps. The activities at each camp vary, but usually include a great deal of teamwork and learning what it takes to become a firefighter. If you or someone you know may be interested in attending one of the camps, you can find more information below by searching under your region.

Northeast
Mid-Atlantic
Midwest
South
Southwest
West
Mountain states
Other

Northeast

Concord, NH
Camp Fully Involved
Description: This event is a weeklong summer camp for women ages 14-20.
Cost: $300
Contact: Jess Wyman 603-494-7279
www.campfullyinvolved.org

Windsor Locks, CT
Introduction to the Fire Service hosted by CT Fire Academy
Description: Participants must be 14-17 years of age and affiliated with a municipal fire department.
Cost: varies
Contact: William Trisler, Program Coordinator at 860-627-6363 ext. 242 or e-mail at //coud.sytes.net/nvfc/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Syracuse, NY
FASNY Youth Day
Description: Fire service activities and evolutions for Explorers, juniors, and RAMS age 14-19
Time frame: August
Contact: http://www.fasny.com/youth/convention.php

Utica, NY
Phoenix Firecamp
Description: Camp for girls ages 14-19 held at the Utica Fire Training Academy.
Time frame: July
Contact: www.fswnys.org

Cold Spring, NY
Cold Spring Fire Company Junior Firefighter Academy
Description: A limit of 50 children ages 8-13 (grades 4-8) is in place. Preference is given to town residents
Contact: Daniel Valentine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
http://www.coldspringfd.org/jff.html

Mid-Atlantic

Pennsylvania
Junior Fire/EMS Leadership Challenge hosted by the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute (PFESI)
Participants must be between 16-17 years of age.
July 2013. For more information, call PFESI at 717-236-5995 or visit www.pfesi.org.
Click here to view the 2013 brochure.

Jackson's Mill, WV
West Virginia Junior Firefighter Camp
Description: Camps are for students ages 14-17. Please note the camp limit of 125 students. Download the brochure here.
Cost: $295
Time frame: June
Contact: Mark Doty, Program Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tom Miller, NVFC Board Member, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Suffolk, VA
Suffolk Fire & Rescue Fire Camp
Description: This day camp lasts for 5 days and is only open to 7-10 year old children.
Cost: $65 registration
http://www.suffolk.va.us/fire/Fire&LifeSafetyCamp.pdf

Midwest

Duluth, MN
Minnesota Fire Exploring Conference
Description: Camp participants must be fire explorers.
Cost: $300
www.mn-fea.org

Nelsonville, OH
Ohio Youth Fire & EMS Training Academy (OYFETA)
Description: The purpose of OYFETA is to help provide Explorers, junior firefighters, fire cadets, and other youth members of fire departments hone their skills and develop friendships that will last a lifetime!
Cost: starts at $325
www.ohioyouthfire.org

Overland Park, KS
Camp Inferno
Description: Camp is for girls ages 15-19. Please note the limit of 20 participants.
Contact: Fire Captain This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Firemedic This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 913-888-6066
http://www.opkansas.org/_Res/Police_and_Fire/
Fire_Department/Camp_Inferno/index.cfm

Frankfort, IL
Junior Firefighter Camp
Description: Camp participants must be ages 6-11.
Cost: $15 per child/per session
For more information, call 815-469-1700

LaCrosse, WI
Midwest Regional Explorer Fire Academy
Description: This camp is for explorer posts within the region.
Cost: Approx. $200
Contact: Tim Knudson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

http://www.explorerfireacademy.com/Academy%20Information.htm

Oshkosh, WI
Fire Science Career Exploration Camps
Description:  These 4-day residential program consist of basic and advanced camps for young men and women ages 15-20 to explore careers in fire and emergency response services.  New starting in 2009: female-only camp experience.
Contact:  Jenni Bugni-Walsh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
http://www.uwosh.edu/cont_ed/fire_science.htm">http://www.uwosh.edu/cont_ed/fire_science.htm

Green Bay, WI
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Tech Camp
Description: Day camps that follow this schedule: Day one and two: 8:30 to 11:30am and Day three: 8:30 to 12:30pm.
Camps are available for students in grades 5-8.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Events/Middle School Specialist at 498-6817 or 1-800-422-6982 ext. 6817
http://www.nwtc.edu/Middle_School/TechCampSectionals.htm


South

Clemson, SC
Fire Cadet Camps
Description: Camps are open to children in K-5th grade.
Contact: Sarah M. DuBose 864-656-4049 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bell Buckle, TN
Fire Explorer Weekend
Description: Opportunity for all registered Fire and EMS Explorers, age 14- 20, to train at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy.
Cost: $95
http://www.tennessee.gov/commerce/sfm/tfaca/08ExplorerWknd.html

St Petersburg Beach, FL
Hosted by the Florida State Firefighters Association
Description: The events are open to any group with a team of five to ten participants. Team costs are $200.00 per ten-person team. Hotel costs vary by the location of the event.
Date: June 14-17
www.fsfa.com

Central Florida
Venturing/Exploring Super Weekend hosted by the Central Florida Council, BSA
Description: This event involves two nights and three days of camping, interacting with youth groups from around central Florida, and some outside the area, and team and individual competition events. This is a great team-building camp and you have the opportunity to meet many different groups. The camp holds over 1200 people and there are currently about 600 participants. The cost this year was $27.00 per participant and occurs the second weekend in February.
Information is available through www.cfcbsa.org.           

Naples, FL
Description: Naples Police and Fire Department runs two one-week academies during the summer. The target age range is 11-14. Monday-Friday 0800-1600. The child receives a t-shirt, hat, book bag, first aid kit, etc. (The program won the 2007 Florida Crime Prevention Association- Outstanding Program of the Year). Registration is open to the public.
Cost: $50 per child
Contact: Pamela L. DeMeo at 239-213-4918 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Columbia, SC
Description: This camp is taught by real firefighters and children will learn what it takes to be a firefighter, including trying on real gear, and learning about home and fire safety. Camp is available for children from 4-5 years of age. Extended care until 5 p.m. is available for full-day campers only. The cost is an additional $20 per week. (Pre-registration is required)
Cost: $110 per child (EdVenture Members) or $130 per child (Non-members). The price includes a unique Camp EdVenture t-shirt!

Contact Maya Smith at 803-400-1161 or visit http://www.edventure.org/p_camps.asp

Southwest

None Found

West

Newport Beach, CA
Junior Firefighters’ Camp
Description: Camp consists of 3 separate classes that will run for 5 days from 8am-12 noon.
Enrollment is open to anyone from 9-13 years of age. Please note a limit of 30 kids/week.
Cost: $120
No website yet, but you can call 949-644-3110 if you would like information about the program.

Sacramento, CA
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Camp
Description: 5 days (day camp) for 50 students. Camp is free to those chosen to attend. The event is open to all youth, but residents within the fire district boundaries have first priority. Participants must be between 11-13 years of age.
http://www.smfd.ca.gov/FIRECAMP.HTM

Cathedral City, CA
California Fire Exploring Academy
Description: Participants must be a fire explorer.
Cost: $225
http://www.cfea.net/index.html

Orange County, CA
Orange County Fire Explorer Academy
Description: The event will include housing for the week at Vanguard University. A limit of 53 explorers (must belong to an explorer post) is in place.
Cost: Approx. $300
www.ocfa.org

Mountain States

None Found

Other

Pender Island, BC (Canada)
Gulf Islands Fire Rescue Cadet Camp
Contact: Deputy Fire Chief Mike Dine at (250) 629-3321 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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