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Camp Fire connects young people to the outdoors, to others, and to themselves

Does it feel like everything is changing…all the time? We’re right there with you. Thanks to Omicron, 2022 is already full of shifts, surprises and recalculations. In seasons of turmoil, it’s easy to get disoriented and distracted. But as an… Read More >

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Camp Fire National Staff Continue Lead in Their Field

“We are learners” and “We pursue impact“: These are two of our eight core values that help guide our organization. Our Camp Fire staff embody these values and we have a lot to celebrate when it comes to the caliber… Read More >

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CAMPER 2.0: Increasing Camp Accessibility for Historically Excluded Groups of Young People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2022 Kansas City, Mo. –  Three years after launching CAMPER: Camp Accessibility, Meaningful Participation, and Equal Representation in 2019, national inclusive youth development organization Camp Fire will continue to expand this critical grant with a… Read More >

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New Year, New Vision

The New Year gives us an excuse to stay up late, dance a little, and eat a lot. It also invites us to imagine what the future could hold. In the face of so many challenges—from the ongoing pandemic to… Read More >

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How we moved Camp Fire forward in 2021: Part 2

  As we discussed in Part 1, and as you’re well aware, 2021 was a weird one. Was it its own year, or did 2020 just…keep…going? While the pandemic continues to warp our experience of time, 2021 snaps into focus… 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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Why equity is essential for developmental relationships

black and white photo of young people playing the "untie the knot" relationship builder game.

The FrameWorks Institute and the Search Institute have done extensive work on how to help people understand just how broad and transformational developmental relationships can be.  They suggested some mind-expanding shifts that can help organizations advocate for policies, programs and… Read More >

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Exploring Innovative Nature Engagement Practices

Camp Fire’s current strategic plan includes the commitment to “promote environmental stewardship and action.” Currently, the level of nature engagement across Camp Fire councils varies widely. Some councils have full outdoor camp facilities and incorporate nature into everything they do;… Read More >

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Developmental Relationships—are we cultivating them?

photo of two boys smiling. the text says "developmental relationnships"

Developmental Relationships—connections that help us learn, grow, give back and become our best selves—are fundamental to a thriving life. Research shows that young people who have strong developmental relationships are more engaged at school, have higher social-emotional learning skills and… Read More >

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