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[INFOGRAPHIC] 16 Reasons Sparks are Awesome—Science Says!

We know that Sparks are talents, interests, commitments and qualities that give kids—and adults—energy and purpose. We also know that it’s important to talk to kids about their Sparks and support them in their passions. But why? Why is it… Read More >

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15 Questions to Spark a Sparks Conversation

Thirty-eight percent of kids don’t know what their spark is. They haven’t yet discovered what gets them excited, pushes them to learn and gives them purpose. We know that sparks are the first step to thriving—to creating a healthy, purposeful… Read More >

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Sparks help kids thrive!

If you’ve been around Camp Fire for half a minute, you’ve heard about sparks. And you know we’re not just talking about fire-building skills. We’re talking about life-building passions that put kids on the path to truly thriving. Sparks are… Read More >

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Bettye Ricks Lights Sparks and Spirits

When classes started this past fall, over 1,100 children made their way back to a long-standing Camp Fire afterschool program. Camp Fire North Texas has been around for 100 years, and for nearly half of that time, Executive Director Bettye… Read More >

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Thrive Sparks Significant Change

Over the past three years, Camp Fire has implemented our Thrive methodology with the intention of positively impacting youth—their purpose, life, and social skills. This past December the program was evaluated. When results were tabulated, applause was appropriate! Five questions—focused… Read More >

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Thrive: What Are Sparks, and Why Are They Important?

What are sparks? Sparks are the passions, skills, and strengths that are discoverable in all of us. They become passions for us, and when allowed and encouraged to explore those passions, we thrive. They’re a source of motivation, and they’re… 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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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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Award-winning senior swimmer carries Camp Fire torch

Maurine Kornfeld is a legend, and not just because the world-record-breaking swimmer was inducted into the U.S. Masters Swimming Hall of Fame at 97.  Born in 1921 in Great Falls, Montana, Maurine learned to swim as a child but didn’t… 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: