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How Election Season Impacts LGBTQ2S+ Youth

Shawna Rosenzweig, Chief Strategy Officer, Camp Fire National Headquarters speaking at NAA convention

This election season, it’s hard to miss all the negative campaign ads, mudslinging and scare tactics on tv and online. Some people chock it up to “just politics,” but I know from my own experience as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, as well as working in youth development for nearly two decades, that politics have real consequences on the lives of young people…

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#EmblemDrop2022: It’s here!

Today, we’re very excited to share our first awards and recognition emblem redesign: 125 emblems. 3 years of collaborative, youth-led work. 100 years in the making. 0 cultural appropriation. Thousands of great memories to come.       For the… Read More >

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#EmblemDrop2022: One Week Out!

7 Days #eblemdrop2022

Count ’em: There are seven days left until we reveal Camp Fire’s first full emblem redesign in 100 years. Emblems have been an important part of Camp Fire’s history; they are a tangible, displayable record of how Camp Fire members… Read More >

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SAVE THE DATE: A Redesign 100 Years in the Making

  Mark your calendars: November 1 is bringing big, bright changes to the way Camp Fire recognizes young people’s growth and achievements. For the first time in 100 years, we’ve totally reimagined our emblems for rewards and recognition. Spurred on… Read More >

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Camp Fire alumni keep camp history alive

Sign showing "Ojiketa Regional Park"

The Ojiketa Preservation Society continues Camp Fire’s impact in the Twin Cities region long after the camp it is named after closed.  In 1926, the St. Paul Council of Camp Fire Girls opened Camp Ojiketa in Chisago City, Minnesota, on… Read More >

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You have to center joy: Understanding thriving with Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond

You have to center joy: understand thriving with Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond

  We’ve been very lucky to partner with Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond, a leader in thriving research, as we re-envisioned Camp Fire’s definition of thriving. Dr. Darling-Hammond puts “overlooked and underserved” young people at the center of her work, an approach… Read More >

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3 reasons we need afterschool programs NOW

three girls stand together, arms around each other, smiling for a photo

  Out-of-school-time programs really matter in the day-to-day lives of families and young people. They are also a core strategy in Camp Fire’s mission to connect young people to the outdoors, to others, and to themselves. We’ve written about our… Read More >

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We’re re-envisioning “thriving”

  Part of the work of being an alive, evolving organization is to revisit the big stuff regularly. If you don’t question why you exist, what your work is, and what you believe every so often, it’s easy to get… Read More >

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Camp Fire’s Boundary Breaking-History

  Written by: Ben Matthews, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access Specialist     In 1909, Charlotte Gulick held a small summer camp for her daughters, three of their close friends, and a young woman with disabilities. There was no way… Read More >

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