Little Stars: Preschool
Camp Fire Little Stars Program-Great for Play Groups Camp Fire USA has introduce a new program for preschool age children and their parents. This program is asset based, outcome measurable programming that is geared toward 3-5 year olds. It is a great option for play groups as well as Family Day Care and Day Care Center programs.
Camp Fire USA’s Little Stars program contains projects that will serve as an introduction to Camp Fire USA. The projects are designed to excite and educate children before entering kindergarten (generally ages three to five) on a wide range of topics.
Within each trail, projects are designed to stimulate motor skills, promote group-learning and build confidence. There are 13 projects in the Little Stars curriculum. Each trail project follows the same basic format:
- Level – recommended grade level for children participating in the activities.
- Trail – name of the trail that the project falls under.
- Project – name of the project.
- Purpose – general description of what the children will learn while doing the project.
- Meeting Plans – how to do activities and supplies or materials needed to complete them.
- Youth Outcomes – list of ways children will benefit from participating in the project activities.
- Requirements – what the children need to accomplish to receive a recognition item.
- Tips for Group Leaders – advice for making each project a success.
- Family Take-Home Page – worksheet included at the end of the projects to be photocopied and sent home with the children. These take-home pages contain activities for the children to complete with their families.
Each activity option within a project is written as a meeting plan. Little Stars meeting plans are designed to last about 30 minutes.
Meeting plans are provided to help Camp Fire USA leaders create a fun, educational program. They are a guideline for leaders conducting a Camp Fire USA meeting. As each project follows the same format, so do the meeting plans. Each meeting plan contains the following information:
- Trail – name of the trail that the project is on.
- Meeting Plan – name of the meeting plan.
- Project – name of the project that the plan falls under.
- Purpose – general description of what the children will learn while participating in the activities listed in the meeting plan.
- Opening – activity to signal the beginning of the meeting. Meeting Openings and Closings ideas are listed in the book.
- Materials – list of materials needed to complete the meeting plan.
- Preparation – tasks that should be done before the meeting.
- Activities – explanation of the activities in the meeting plan.
- Playback: Points to Reinforce – list of questions to reinforce what the children have learned in the meeting.
- Closing – activity to signal the conclusion of the meeting. Meeting Openings and Closings ideas are listed in the book.
Progress and Recognition
Camp Fire USA believes in the value and importance of recognition for
accomplishment. All curricula for older children build this into its
structure. However, the needs of Pre-K children are different. Their
short-term memory and limited understanding of concepts such as earning
awards over a period of time change the need for recognition. Preschool
children enjoy playing and doing activities for the joy of it. They do not
carry over the concept of what they are working toward week to week. They
live in the here and now. Receiving a sticker for the activity immediately
after they complete it is recognition enough. As a result, when children
complete a meeting plan, they will receive a sticker from the
corresponding project to place on their Little Stars recognition chart The
Little Stars identification sticker is given to children when they join.
In the Patuxent Area Council, Little Stars wear Orange Little Star Tee
Shirts with the Camp Fire USA Logo. These are ordered from the council
In Little Stars, there are no requirements in how groups complete meeting
plans or projects. Groups can do projects in any order. A group could
complete all of the meeting plans from a project in consecutive order, or
could work on several projects at once. For example, a meeting plan from
“Safety” may be done one week, and a meeting plan from “Fitness” may be
done the following week. The group can consider the seasons and its own
interests in choosing which to do first.
Little Stars groups can complete any number of meeting plans within a
project. If the children really like a particular project topic, they may
want to do all of the meeting plans listed