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CAL FIRE's Firefighter Camp for Young Women Ages 14-18

Camp Cinder is a completely free, 4-night sleep-away camp designed to allow young women ages 14 to 18 to learn about careers in fire fighting.

Under the supervision of female CAL FIRE firefighters, campers will gain hands-on experience, confidence and make life-long friendships.

The Camp Cinder Experience

Each camp includes 5 days and 4 nights of hands-on fire fighting action.

Campers will get to experience a wide range of exciting fire fighting experiences including vehicle extrication and rescue, ropes and knots, water rescue, hose movement and hose lays, ladders, helicopter operations, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses and​ Personal Protective Equipment, wildland line cutting, leadership skills, and teamwork exercises. 

All necessary equipment will be provided for the campers free of charge. 

Our 2020 Camp Locations

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Camp Cinder will be hosted in two locations in 2020:

Camp Cinder - Shasta (6/22/20 - 6/26/20) hosted at Simpson University Dorms and Shield Training Center, and Shasta College in Redding, CA. The Camp Commander will be Fire Captain Katie Mason. For more information, please contact Katie Mason at (530) 356-3178 or

Camp Cinder - San Luis Obispo (6/24/20 - 6/28/20) held on the beautiful Central Coast with lodging and meal service at the Cal Poly campus.  Campers will be staying in "Camp Cinder access only" dorm rooms with the Camp Cinder Female Firefighter counselors.  This 5-day event is a true summer camp experience where new friendships are formed while learning about the Fire Service. The Camp Commander will be Fire Captain April Mangels. For more information, she can be reached at

For assistance in Spanish, please contact Connie Guerrero at (209) 781-6501. For assistance in any language contact Shawn McCann (916) 653-0430.

Before you Apply

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Like firefighting careers, Camp Cinder is a highly physical experience. Applicants and their guardians should be fully aware that the potential for injury does exist. Before you apply please carefully review and complete the documents for your camp. A signed and scanned copy will be required when you apply. 


Shasta - Consent and Hold Harmless

San Luis Obispo - Consent and Hold Harmless

Camp Cinder - Shasta

Camp Dates: June 22nd - 26th, 2020

Application Deadline: April 26th, 2020

Applications Now Being Accepted 

Camp Cinder - San Luis Obispo

Camp Dates: June 24th - 28th, 2020

Application Deadline: May 1st, 2020

Applications Now Being Accepted