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The Power of Reflection

Written by Shirley Tang, a senior in high school in Houston, Tx., and member of Camp Fire’s National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC) I look left and right at my papers piling up on my desk. I look down at my… Read More >

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Zoe, 13, Reflects On Her First Year at Camp

Thank you Zoe Pride for sharing your beautiful story with us! “I was seven-years-old for my first year at Camp Toccoa with Camp Fire Georgia (one of six years and counting!), in the summer of 2011. I was too young… Read More >

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3 Easy Questions for Self-Reflection

This month, we’ve talked about how reflection fits into Camp Fire’s Thrive{ology} framework and how we can help young people reflect on living a thriving life. But reflection isn’t just for kids! Let’s steal some reflection wisdom from the Camp Fire… Read More >

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Reflection on Thriving: Questions You Can Ask Kids & Teens

Last week we started to dig into reflection, the Camp Fire way. We teach young people how to examine, interpret and learn from their experiences, because we want them to thrive. Not to get too meta on you, but we… Read More >

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Do you want a thriving life? Reflect

Reflection isn’t a one-and-done kind of thing. You don’t take a “how-to-reflect lesson” and call it good. Reflection is a skill that grows over time with regular practice until it becomes an unbreakable habit. This critical life skill can be… Read More >

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On My Mind, Reflections on AIKD, Cathy Tisdale

One day does not make a life. Lives are shaped every day of the year. And when we find ourselves in the enviable—yet daunting—position of helping shape young lives, we have a responsibility to infuse them with support and encouragement.… Read More >

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Why Camp Fire? 

As we celebrate Giving Tuesday (December 3!) and approach the end of the year, we want to say thank you for your ongoing support of Camp Fire. Your gifts of money, time, and insight make an immeasurable difference in young… Read More >

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Five Ways You Can Promote Youth Voice

If you work with or support positive youth development organizations, you’ve probably heard the phrase “youth voice” before. If you’re new to Camp Fire or the PYD movement, you could be wondering what the shorthand means…besides the obvious. You’re right… Read More >

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Teens Lead at Camp Fire

Camp Fire is founded on the belief that young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire doesn’t just sponsor programs for young people. It’s a platform for young people to create their own programs and engage with their communities,… Read More >

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A purpose in life, less depression and anxiety, better social skills, higher school attendance…all of these benefits (and more!) when kids/teens have opportunity to nurture their Spark with adult support! See all the awesome benefits when you share your email! Enjoy: