Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®

March 19, 2015

Celebrating its 19th anniversary, Camp Fire’s Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® honors our nation’s youth by asking adults to write letters of encouragement and inspiration to the incredible kids in their lives. It is a simple, meaningful way to let youth know how much they are appreciated. Lives are changed by this act of love and kindness.

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Our Absolutely Incredible Kid Day Champions

Kara Laricks

Growing up in Kansas, Kara Laricks dreamed of design, diversity, creativity and adventure in New York City. After beginning her career in teaching, Kara enrolled in the master’s program in fashion design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. In 2008, Laricks made her childhood dreams a reality and moved to New York City. After landing an internship with a women’s wear designer, she was quickly hired as an assistant designer. In 2011, she learned of a new show casting emerging designers, NBC’s Fashion Star. Thrilled at the opportunity to design in a public forum, Laricks excelled and won the first season of Fashion Star. Saks Fifth Avenue, H&M and Macy’s all purchased her collections. Laricks’ designs have been featured on NBC’s The Today Show as well as HBO’s True Blood. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where their dreams lead. Read Kara’s letter here.

Dave Elliott

Sometimes, in the heat of competition, you find out just how creative, resourceful and lucky you really are. Dave Elliott realized this during the 2013 World Food Championships, where he never expected to make it past the first round much less become the 2013 World Food Champion. As he won his way through the tournament, he had to change flights, figure out innovative ways prepare and present his dishes, and dig deep into his box of recipes. Incredibly, Elliott’s competitive cooking career started only four short years before his trip to the World Food Championships with a handful of BBQ classes and competitions. Obviously, he is someone who loves to compete. Now living in Olathe, Kansas, with his family, he enjoys owning his BBQ rub and sauce company, PMB Barbecue Co. and a career in marketing. But, he is always ready for the next competition and spends his free time perfecting his culinary talents.

Chloe Channell

Chloe Channell is a 12 year old package of dynamite, from a small town of Pace, FL, whose magnetic personality and voice draw a crowd of all ages. She has opened at the Bon Fire Jam for Little Big Town and Rodney Atkins, performed at the Pensacola Interstate Fair, Bands on the Beach, Olive Baptist Church, and at Radio City Music Hall in New York City at the quarterfinals for America’s Got Talent. In the fall of 2013, Chloe was cast in the Toy Shoppe, a Kenny Rogers Musical, starring with Billy Dean in Branson, MO. Just recently, Chloe fulfilled one of her life long dreams of performing for the Grand Ole Opry. Chloe credits all that she has and does to God who blessed her with an insatiable personality and incredible voice. “I am so excited to be a part of Camp Fire because I know the importance of having adult encouragement. Without the help of my parents and adult mentors, I would not have had the courage to follow my DREAMS.”