Camp Fire River Bend currently provides after school programming at two sites in the Michiana area: at Good Shepherd Montessori School in South Bend, Indiana, and at Sam Adams Elementary School in Cassopolis, Michigan. These programs operate on school-day afternoons from the end of the school day until 5:30pm (at Good Shepherd) or 6pm (at Sam Adams).

Our After School programs incorporate Camp Fire’s Thrive{ology} principles into our daily curriculum. Each day of the week has a theme for programming: Mondays are “Trail Time,” focusing on the various Camp Fire Trails (see below), Tuesdays emphasize STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Wednesdays are a seasonal craft, Thursdays are Project Based Learning (PBL) days, and Fridays focus on Outdoor Education.

Our Camp Fire After School programs are structured in collaboration with the school to ensure that Camp Fire programs complement the participants’ education. Youth will be encouraged to spend their time in ways that align with their passions and unique talents. Our staff will gather youth input to tailor curricula to meet the needs and nurture the Sparks of the youth in the program.

Camp Fire Trails

Trail To Knowing Me – Youth participants learn about relationships, improve communication skills, gain self-knowledge, and learn how to stay healthy and safe.

Trail To Family & Community – Youth participants learn about families and communities, how to work as a team, how to become effective leaders, and how to help out in their homes and communities.

Trail To Creativity – This trail stimulates one’s creativity and imagination through activities that involve the visual and preforming arts. Our participants will experiment creating art using various mediums, create music, and participate in the dramatic arts.

Trail To The Environment – In this trail, youth participants will understand and appreciate the natural world by participating in activities focused on nature, environmental awareness, and animals. Participants will explore and take hikes, engage in hands-on learning about earth and life sciences, and gain outdoor skills.

Trail To The Future – Youth participants will develop numerous mental and physical skills needed for their futures. Participants may play sports and games to teach sharing, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Children learn to cook, explore the physical sciences, and learn to stay physically fit.

Camp Fire After School at Sam Adams Elementary (Cassopolis)

Camp Fire is partnering with the Cassopolis Public Schools to provide an after school program at Sam Adams Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year. The program will run every day after school from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Students may sign up for a set schedule, or you can register your child and use Camp Fire for drop-in care. You can change your weekly schedule as needed.

Weekly Fees for Camp Fire After School at Sam Adams

Regularly Scheduled Days $25 annual registration fee + $9 per day
Drop Ins $25 annual registration fee + $12 per day


Parent Handbook

You can download the parent handbook here.


Ready to sign up?

If you’re ready to get started, you can start the registration process online, or you can contact us by email or phone to request hard copies of the registration form. If you have questions, please email us or call us at 574-387-6095.

Extended Day at Good Shepherd Montessori (South Bend)

Camp Fire River Bend is also partnering with Good Shepherd Montessori School (GSMS) in South Bend, IN, to operate the GSMS extended day program during the 2018-2019 school year. This program is open to all students at GSMS, and runs run every day after school from 3pm to 5:30pm.

Weekly Fees for Camp Fire After School at GSMS

Regularly Scheduled Days $25 annual registration fee + $7.50 per day
Drop Ins $25 annual registration fee + $10 per day

Registration forms will be available soon.


We use many Camp Fire curricula in our programs, including the following:

Wise Kids

Camp Fire’s Wise Kids is a health and wellness curriculum program that is based on the simple theory of “energy in = energy out” to teach children about eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle in a fun interactive way.

Wise Kids Outdoors

Similar to Wise Kids, Wise Kids Outdoors combines the theory of “energy in = energy out” with outdoor education.

Conflict Resolution

Camp Fire’s Conflict Resolution program teaches youth lifelong skills around reducing, avoiding, and communicating in conflict situations. Other focus areas include digital literacy, safety and individual rights.

Building Blocks

Camp Fire’s Building Blocks is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) enrichment program for youth grades K-8. The program uses Samsung tablet technology to explore and create new innovations for a better tomorrow.
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Communication with peer groups and adults is crucial to thriving and success for youth and teens today. Camp Fire’s InterACTION focuses on healthy communication and conflict resolution.


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