Camp Fire at Harrell Park Now Open for Registration

May 14, 2009 | By Guest | Filed in: Outdoor Camping.

CampFire is a national program for boys and girls from kindergarten to high school. This coed youth organization is open without exception to all youth.

The Camp Fire purpose is to encourage the development of the whole child for a satisfying life now and in the future. Kids here will learn by doing.

Other than just learning how to light a backpacking stove or pitch a backpacking tent, or cleaning a sleeping bag, through projects and activities aimed at daily life, Camp Fire aspires to educate the whole child: self-development, social development and skill development. Learning is through fun with others of their age, and when projects are completed the youth get visible signs of their accomplishments through pins, emblems, and wooden beads.

Summer is only weeks away, and registration has begun for Camp Fire day camp at Harrell Park. Three sessions will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8-12, June 15-19 and June 22-26. Last year more than 1,000 children and youth age kindergarten to eighth grade took part in the popular camping experience.

Camp is held each year in a beautiful 16 acre park in downtown Wichita Falls.
Among other activities offered are archery, swimming, canoeing, sports and games and nature studies.

There are a lot of fun activities for the kids to do and it promises to be the experience of a lifetime.

This year two new features will be added. Local 4-H members will introduce campers to an “exercise parachute”; campers must run to get the minichute to open behind them. A bicycle safety program will be presented by Dutton Funeral Home.

Campers are organized in groups of 10 to 15 that are supervised by a counselor and junior counselor.

Children can sign up for one, two or all three sessions. The fee for camp is $75 per week for Camp Fire members; nonmembers pay a one-time additional fee of $15. Those registered by May 20 will receive a free camp T-shirt.

For the convenience of working parents, for an extra $10 per week, children can swim in the pool as late as 5:15 p.m.

Applications are still being accepted for the camp’s high-school-age junior counselors.

To register for camp or submit a junior counselor application, stop by the Camp Fire office at 2414 Ninth St. For more information, call (940) 322-5209 or e-mail info(at)

Camp Fire’s Harrell Park Pool will have its free splash day May 23 followed by opening day May 24. Beginning May 30, the pool will be open to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. at a rate of $2 per person per swim.

Swimming lessons are scheduled for June 29 through July 3. Class One, for youth only, is from 7 to 8 p.m. Class Two, for babies, is from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Times for Class Three, for 2- to 4-year-olds, have not yet been announced.

Harrell Park facilities, which include the recently refurbished A.D. January Lodge and Gladys Marie Murph Building, play areas and pool facilities are available for rental year round.

For more information on the swimming lessons, pool programs or park rentals, call Camp Fire at (940) 322-5209 or e-mail info(at)

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