The Sunshine Council developed the Advanced Camping Experts (ACES) program over 20 years ago. The ACES program teaches leadership, decision-making, teamwork, self-reliance skills using outdoor education as a medium. Council-held trainings, basic-to-advanced outdoor-living skills, community and council service hours, and various leadership roles prepare the teens to attend Primitive Camp. The “Red Shirt” is awarded at the successful completion of Primitive Camp. After three years of training this is one of the highest honors a Sunshine Council teen may earn. ACES is available to teens sixth grade and above.
Camp Ignite is our our academic enrichment camp geared specifically for young people transitioning between the worlds of elementary school and middle school. Camp Fire has helped young people learn to take care of themselves, their environment, and the people around them. Camp Ignite, led by trained, adult staff.
Nature Quest is an environmental education based service-learning trip for rising 6-8 graders. Our team will travel by van throughout Central Florida learning more about the wonderful state, exploring the many facets of Florida wildlife and ecosystems, and learning about environmental advocacy, while giving back to the communities they visit.
Whether as a great first step on the way to a more intensive CF66 trip or a fantastic opportunity to check-out the amazing things in their own backyard, Nature Quest will be an incredible experience. The trip is full of youth empowerment and leadership opportunities. Nature Quest Camp is available to youth, sixth grade and older.
Camping is a long-standing tradition of Camp Fire. The Sunshine Council offers Spring Camp to registered Camp Fire clubs and families. Whether tent camping or cabin camping, members will find the camp experience to be a theme-based weekend with just the right mix of fun and education where they will create memories that last a lifetime. Themes range from The Sixties to Medieval Times. In addition to Spring Camp, the Sunshine Council occasionally offers other camping opportunities for families, teens and youth members.