The Spark

Alumni Stories Archive

From Camp Fire to Mission Control: NASA Chief Flight Director Holly Ridings’s Alumni Story

NASA Chief Flight Director Holly Ridings, the first woman to hold the position, describes the current mission happening on the International Space Station in mission control at Johnson Space Center Thursday Sept. 27, 2018 in Houston

If you were one of the 10 million people who watched NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley (Bob and Doug) to the International Space Station in May, you have seen Camp Fire alumni Holly Ridings’s life’s… Read More >

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Risk, Leadership & Resilience: Melanie Herman’s Camp Fire Story

Melanie Lockwood Herman is a risk-taker. Even as a young Bluebird at Camp Fire North Shore in Massachusetts, she was up for adventure. At first glance, her career as a risk-management leader might not seem to fit with her willingness… Read More >

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From lonely kid to lifelong friends: One Camp Fire alum/historian’s story

As her home camp Camp Sealth celebrates its 100th year, alumnus Lorrie Scott is looking back over her own six decades of dedication to Camp Fire. Lorrie has filled practically every role available to Camp Fire devotees: childhood member, adult… Read More >

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Thank you Camp Fire Alumni

Camp Fire is proud of its legacy and we’re proud of those who have walked before us. Over July, we celebrated our alumni on social media and called for them to share some of their memories.  Each one of the… 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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Celebrating You, Extraordinary Camp Fire Alumni

            This month is Alumni Celebration Month at Camp Fire! If you’re an alumni, please sign up for our ALUMNI EMAIL LIST so we can stay in touch. Thanks for your support!  

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Ilse Browner: A Woman of Tolerance

Camp Fire’s alumni are AMAZING. And not just because we’ve got some celebrities on our rolls (hey, Madonna). Anybody who’s worked hard to find their sparks, practice a growth mindset, learn to set goals, and reflect on their progress is… Read More >

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Dr. Evelyn de Ghetaldi: A Woman of Significance

Written by Ingrid Busch Throughout the long history of women struggling to find a foothold in positions of power and influence, a few women stand out as exemplary. Evelyn Lenore Gardner Ballard de Ghetaldi is one of them. Sadly, the… Read More >

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Share Your Camp Fire Story!

One of the best parts of being a part of an organization with a 100+ year history is the stories. We love getting to hearing where our alumni  are now—and part Camp Fire played in getting them there. So this… Read More >

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