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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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Campfire Coffee Co. & youth org Camp Fire join forces to encourage kids

Quincy Henry and his wife, Whitni, started Campfire Coffee Co. in Tacoma, WA, with the goal of bringing campfire-roasted coffee (yes: micro-batch coffee roasted over an open fire!) to his home-turf and supporting a broader mission—creating more access to the… Read More >

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Camp Fire Spark Roast

Sparks are flying around here – both literally and figuratively – and we are fired up about it. The Spark Roast coffee is a fun partnership between youth development organization Camp Fire and Campfire Coffee all about igniting the flame… Read More >

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Building Equity with Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Like we’ve talked about on the blog before, Camp Fire is actively and intentionally becoming an equity-focused organization. All of our five 18-month goals are directly related to equity. Why? Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but… 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: