Sunnyside Swap Shop closed on August 31, 2013.

We have re-opened as Southside Swap & Play in the Woodstock neighborhood and are accepting new member families! Please visit our new website for information about membership!

News on The Roost past 2013/14:

May 10, 2013

Dear Roost Parents and Families,


Regretfully, I am writing to share some difficult news with you. As you may know, Camp Fire has been collaborating with Karen Hery and the Sunnyside Swap Shop to deliver The Roost program for middle school youth for about 5 years now. We have been in conversation with Karen throughout this year as she plans to step out of her leadership role with the Swap Shop and find a permanent home for The Roost. Ultimately, though we believe strongly in the value this program brings to youth and families, we are unable to continue being the program provider.


After several years of rapid growth, Camp Fire has spent the past 4-5 months going through a sustainability planning process intended for us to assess our current program  offerings and determine the opportunities to focus our efforts such that we can most effectively leverage resources available; ensure the best quality of programming possible; and ultimately deliver the most comprehensive support for the  youth and families we serve.  As difficult as this decision has been for us to come to, and as much as we would very much like to continue our partnership with The Roost, we are challenged by the fact that, unlike our other afterschool programs, which have multiple sites delivering comparable programming, we develop custom, site specific programming for the Roost that may not be possible to replicate in ways that would enable us to sustain the program. 


We have shared news of Camp Fire’s transition out of the partnership with Kyle, Em and Todd.  Kyle and Em have done an amazing job this year and we have full confidence that Todd is in an excellent position to deliver great programming with Em until the end of the school year. 


I regret that our partnership is coming to an end, but I am proud of the good work that the Roost staff has done to make the program what it is today.  We will miss The Roost, and more importantly the amazing youth that participated in the program.


Camp Fire senior staff are working hard to reach out to other community partners who might be able to run programming for the Roost and will be exploring those opportunities in the next thirty days.  If we are able to find another provider to run programming, we are committed to helping with staff training, curriculum planning and even supporting the hiring process.  If we are unable to broker a partnership, we will support the transition in any way that we can, including being a resource for you as you seek other afterschool options.  We will be reaching back out to you at the beginning of June with specific details as to the status of the program for next fall. 


Please take a moment this weekend to talk about this with your child.  Em and Todd will discuss with students on an as need basis, however we do not want this to over shadow the rest of the programming this school year. 


Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate this transition.   If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me. 



René Léger

President & CEO

Camp Fire Columbia

619 SW 11th Ave. Suite 234

Portland, OR 97205

503.224.7800 ext. 151

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