Camp Fire Serves As National Curriculum Partner for In Defense of Food

Camp Fire is proud to be the national curriculum partner for the book and documentary In Defense of Food. The curriculum, a companion to the PBS documentary In Defense of Food, uses activities and film clips to give young people aged 10 to 14 new tools to think critically about food. Students prepare delicious recipes, create performance poetry and participate in peer-to-peer learning to investigate the question, “What should I eat to be healthy?” As they progress through the 10 lessons, they will discover what Michael Pollan means by his now-famous answer: Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.

The curriculum, developed by Columbia Teachers College and funded by the National Science Foundation, fits nicely into Camp Fire’s existing lineup of programs that teach healthy eating and lifestyle choices. Councils across Camp Fire’s system have access to the curriculum. And, thanks to a generous grant by the New York Life Foundation, in fall 2016 select councils will have much-needed resources to help deliver the curricula to middle school students.