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Camp Fire Girls

of Sussex-Lisbon Area

1910 Mar 17, The Camp Fire Girls organization was formed in Lake Sebago, Maine. It was formally presented to the public exactly two years later Camp Fire was founded in 1910 by Luther Gulick, M.D., and his wife, Charlotte Gulick, as the first nonsectarian organization for girls in the United States. In 1975, membership was expanded to include boys. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Camp Fire USA currently serves nearly 750,000 children and youth annually.

1910 - First meetings of Camp Fire Girls are held in Vermont. Dr. Gulick chooses the name "Camp Fire" because campfires were the origin of the first communities and domestic life. Once people learned to make and control fire, they could develop and nurture a sense of community.

1912 - Camp Fire Girls of America is incorporated in Washington, D.C., as a national agency.
Q. I've heard of Camp Fire Girls, is this the same organization?
A. In 1975 we became Camp Fire Boys and Girls and in 2000 we became Camp Fire USA.

Campfire Girls Gain Fame at Nemahbin
Nyeda camp - Waukesha Campfire Girls, at their summer camp at Lake Nemahbin. Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, August 4, 1921

Mukwonago: Wah-wah-tay-see Campfire circle. Waukesha Freeman, September 28, 1922




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