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.

Mountain states


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

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: Program Coordinator Ian Tenney at ian.tenney@ct.gov

Lanesborough, MA
Junior Firefighter Academy
Find out more at www.facebook.com/lanesboroughfire
Contact: Butch Garrity – ButchGarrity@gmail.com

Syracuse, NY
FASNY Youth Day
Description: Fire service activities and evolutions for Explorers, juniors, and RAMS age 14-19
Time frame: August
Contact: 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 coldspringfd@aol.com


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.

Jackson’s Mill, WV
West Virginia State Fire Academy Junior Firefighter Camp
Description: Camps are for students ages 14-17. Please note the camp limit of 125 students.
Cost: $295
Time frame: June
Contact: Camp Leader Brian Grieco, bgrieco@cityofhuntington.com or 304-406-7480; Academy Director Mark Lambert, mark.lambert@mail.wvu.edu or 304-269-0875

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


Duluth, MN
Minnesota Fire Exploring Conference
Description: Camp participants must be fire explorers.
Cost: $300

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

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

Oshkosh, WI
Discover Firefighting Career Exploration Academy
Description:  Discover Firefighting Career Exploration consists of three outstanding firefighting programs for middle and high school students. The middle school, basic, and advanced academies are for young men and women ages 11-20. Through a hands-on leadership approach, these four-day residential programs will help explore careers in fire and emergency response services.
Contact: Jill Milos, conted@uwosh.edu


Warrenton, NC
Warren County Junior Firefighter Competition
Hosted by the Warren County Junior Firefighters 
Description: 5 field events and 2 knowledge-based events for youth 13-18 years of age.
Cost: $100 per team
Date: Last Saturday in April
Contact: Chief Advisor John W. Franks at WarrenCoJrFirefighters@hotmail.com or (252) 820-0513

Clemson, SC
Fire Cadet Camps
Description: Camps are open to children in K-5th grade.
Contact: Sarah M. DuBose 864-656-4049 or sdbs@clemson.edu

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 http://cflscouting.org/council/.

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 Pamela22638@aol.com


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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.

Cathedral City, CA
California Fire Exploring Academy
Description: Participants must be a fire explorer.
Cost: $225

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

Mountain States

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Pender Island, BC (Canada)
Gulf Islands Fire Rescue Cadet Camp
Contact: Deputy Fire Chief Mike Dine at (250) 629-3321 or deputychief@penderfire.ca