Luther and Charlotte Gulick

Luther and Charlotte Gulick founded Camp Fire in 1910 as America’s first nonsectarian, interracial organization for girls. Boys joined in 1975. The organization provided opportunities and real-life lessons that contributed to the development of the “whole” person: giving service, pursuing knowledge, glorifying work and achievement, and being happy. Today, through programs such as the core after-school curriculum, youth leadership, in-school programming, service-learning, and camping and environmental education, Camp Fire USA helps build caring, confident youth and future leaders.

Social issues Charlotte and Luther Gulick addressed:

  • Education
  • Health Care/Health
  • Youth

Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • Education –41 percent of fourth-grade boys and 35 percent of fourth-grade girls read below the basic level – in low-income neighborhoods it is near 70 percent – lack of books affects literacy. Source
  • Health Care/Health – Educating children to eat nutritiously leads to a lifelong healthy lifestyle. Type 2 diabetes, formerly known as adult onset diabetes, has become increasingly prevalent among children and adolescents as rates of overweight and obesity rise. A CDC study estimated that one in three American children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Source
  • Youth – Youth who volunteer are less likely to engage in risky behavior, are more likely to feel connected to their communities and tend to do better in school. Source