Getting focused: Our goals for 2023-2025

Well, hello, 2023. What do you have in store for us? Our new strategic plan has some (very exciting) spoilers.   We opened 2022 with a new vision for Camp Fire: We envision a world where all young people thrive and have equitable opportunities for self-discovery, community connection, and engagement with nature.  That’s a big dream. […]

Shifting Goal Gears: Stay Flexible, Stay On-Track

It’s nearing the end of January! How are your 2018 resolutions tracking? Some research shows just 58 percent of resolutions survive the first month, and only 9 percent of people over all report achieving a New Year’s resolution. Some of that failure probably has to do with not choosing the right goal in the first place. […]

Six Foolproof Strategies for Going After Goals

Even though “reality” TV shows might tell us otherwise, wanting it isn’t actually enough to win you the 2018 resolutions prize. Nope. If we want to attain our goals, we need a plan. Make that multiple plans. That’s where the P of the GPS goal management method comes in. After first setting smart goals we go […]

How to Set Smart Goals—Whether You’re a Kid or a Kid-at-Heart

What’s on your 2018 resolution list? Not to get all meta on you, but making better resolutions is always on ours. Smart goals are achieved goals! Goal management is one the four pillars of Thrive{ology} (our proven path to youth success) along with Sparks, a Growth Mindset and Reflection (which we’ll go deep on next […]

Achievery

Your FREE digital learning hub! Created for youth, parents/caregivers, and program staff, anyone in the Camp Fire ecosystem can sign up for The Achievery for free! Access activities by grade and videos with your favorite tv characters to learn STEM, SEL, and more. Printable lesson plans included. The Achievery Helps Young People Engage With: Social […]

From Allies to Accomplices: Get uncomfortable! 

What does the word accomplice mean to you? Someone aiding and abetting questionable activity? A dangerous co-conspirator? An accessory to a crime?  Today, we’re exploring a different definition of accomplice. As we strive to become a more equitable organization, we’ve noticed movement leaders use the word in an intriguing way. So we sat down with […]

New, First-of-its-Kind Study: Creating Gender-Affirming Spaces at Summer Camp

Authored by Hannah Howard (she/her), Camp Fire National Evaluation Manager, and author of “Space for Identity Exploration: Through the Lens of Gender” Our values are our North Star. They guide our strategic vision and our day-to-day work. We’ve been a values-led organization since 1910, and it’s what has allowed us to survive for 114 years […]

Reconnection over Resolution

This January, we’re trying something new: We’re focusing on reconnection instead of resolutions. Our December National Leadership Conference theme was Camp Fire (re)Connects.   Camp Fire’s mission is to connect young people to the outdoors, to others and to themselves. It takes regular recommitment to stay the connection course. NLC gave us an inspiration re-up right […]

Supporting young people through the holidays: 20 ways to help this season

The holidays: when both cheer and stress levels reach epic highs. Many young people are already struggling with mental health issues, and the season creates extra challenges. Gatherings can highlight family tensions, sleep and routines get disrupted, and normal sources of support (like school counselors and Camp Fire programming) aren’t as available.  Child development experts […]

A Confluence of Two Rivers: Introducing a New Relationship with the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and Camp Fire

When two or more rivers meet, it is often called a confluence. When this happens, the temperature and composition of the waters may change. The new river may adjust its course. But ultimately, both rivers are strengthened by this mutual convergence. The water continues on its way, newly defined, with added force and determination. Each […]