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Why Afterschool Programs are a core part of Camp Fire’s strategy

Shawna Rosenzweig is Camp Fire’s Chief Strategy Officer and a long-time advocate for afterschool programs. She recently joined the board of the National Afterschool Association and has a lot to say about the benefits of afterschool programs. The Camp Fire… Read More >

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Almost 25 million kids are waiting to get into an afterschool program

Talk about a gap! in early 2020, there were 7.8 million young people in afterschool programs—and 24.6 million more who would be if a spot was available. (1) But this is pre-pandemic data; the demand for quality afterschool programming has… Read More >

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Advancing Equity at Camp

Inclusion has always been a value at Camp Fire, and throughout the past century, we have been learning more and more about what inclusion looks like. A big part of that journey is creating equitable opportunities for all young people… 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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How Camp Fire Staff Build Youth-Driven Programs

Camp Fire is both for young people and created by young people. This isn’t just aspirational: Our commitment to youth voice is carried out in very practical ways by thousands of Camp Fire staff at the program level.  Here are… 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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Camp Fire’s Delicious History

August 10th is National S’mores Day, so get out your skewers, stoke those coals and settle in for a little Camp Fire history. (A disputed history, but history nonetheless.) Camp Fire has long claimed bragging rights for the creation of… Read More >

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Camp Fire Names Danette Andley, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for the Health Care Business Group at 3M, to the National Board of Trustees

Camp Fire Names Danette Andley, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for the Health Care Business Group at 3M, to the National Board of Trustees As a global business and marketing leader at Fortune 100 company 3M, Andley brings… Read More >

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Camp Fire Chief Strategy Officer Shawna Rosenzweig Elected To The National Afterschool Association (NAA) National Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7, 2021 – The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the voice of the afterschool profession and lead organization for the advancement of afterschool professionals and leaders has announced that Shawna Rosenweig, Chief Strategy Officer of… Read More >

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