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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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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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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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How we moved Camp Fire forward in 2021: Part 1

  Can you believe it? We’re staring down the last days of 2021. If you are asking yourself two simultaneous questions—Wait, I thought it was still 2020? and Shouldn’t we be in the 2030s by now?—you are not alone. It’s… Read More >

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Using “Pulse Checks” to Empower Young People

Want to make sure the young people in your life are heard, supported and empowered? It may be time for a Pulse Check. This Camp Fire tool was developed for our own programs, but you can put its principles to… Read More >

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Alumni Task Force Builds Connections

Brooke Frickleton has a pretty classic Camp Fire alumni story: With a Camp Fire leader mom and an older sister already in the program, Brooke joined her local group in kindergarten. Part of Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, Brooke grew… Read More >

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2021 Promise to Practice

    2021 Promise to Practice Hub   Camp Fire’s Promise to Practice (P2P) Conference is where camp and out-of-school time program professionals and leaders gather to get inspired, connect, learn, and share! This conference is an annual program-focused convening… Read More >

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A Transaction of Trust

5 Days of Action is June 7-11th. It is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse. Led by the YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, the goal is to engage… 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: