Stars, Stories, and S’mores - Campfire Programs

July 1, 2024

In the United States, the tradition of campfire programs became popular around the 1890s and 1900s, with growth in the National Park system. At this time, there was an incentive to get more children out of urban cities and into the nature of these new National Parks. From this, summer camps and campfire programs emerged. In 1900, there were fewer than one hundred summer camps in the U.S. By 1918, there were more than 1,000. Many camps offered outdoor activities such as canoeing, archery, hiking, arts and crafts, and fire-making. These camps also developed new traditions like campfires, s’mores, and sing-a-longs.

Today, we continue this tradition throughout the East Bay Regional Park District. You can join us and experience unforgettable evenings under the stars with our captivating campfire programs at Del Valle Regional Park, Dumbarton Quarry Campground on the Bay, and Anthony Chabot Campground. These family-friendly events offer nature education, storytelling, and stargazing, and foster a deep appreciation for the outdoors. Engage in hands-on activities, learn about local wildlife, and connect with the community around the warmth of the fire.


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