Camp Fire & AT&T Are a Part of the White House’s Improving Student Achievement Agenda in 2024

Sections from the original statement published on January 17th, 2024 on whitehouse.gov below. The Biden-Harris Administration is announcing today its Improving Student Achievement Agenda for 2024, which is focused on proven strategies that will accelerate academic performance for every child in school. There is nothing more important to our future

New, First-of-its-Kind Study: Creating Gender-Affirming Spaces at Summer Camp

Authored by Hannah Howard (she/her), Camp Fire National Evaluation Manager, and author of “Space for Identity Exploration: Through the Lens of Gender” Our values are our North Star. They guide our strategic vision and our day-to-day work. We’ve been a values-led organization since 1910, and it’s what has allowed us

Six New Members Join Camp Fire’s National Board of Trustees to Kick Off 2024

KANSAS CITY, MO (Jan. 9, 2024) – National inclusive youth development organization Camp Fire is proud to announce that it has added six new members to its National Board of Trustees from across the US: Christopher S. Moore, Terri Ferinde, Matthew Egan, Quincy Henry, Ann Sheets, and Jason Peterson. “We
Reconnection over Resolution

Reconnection over Resolution

This January, we’re trying something new: We’re focusing on reconnection instead of resolutions. Our December National Leadership Conference theme was Camp Fire (re)Connects.   Camp Fire’s mission is to connect young people to the outdoors, to others and to themselves. It takes regular recommitment to stay the connection course. NLC gave
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Alumni Story: A soldier in Vietnam and a girl wrote letters. Decades later, they finally met.

Camp Fire was on the front page of the Washington Post – and it was for a really cool reason! “Col. Ned Edward Felder was serving in Vietnam when he was surprised by a care package from a stranger. It wasn’t the contents that touched him; it was the idea
Illustration of a young person looking stressed - there is a thought bubble with words: eating in public, family dinners, family expectations, less alone time, final exams, etc.

Supporting young people through the holidays: 20 ways to help this season

The holidays: when both cheer and stress levels reach epic highs. Many young people are already struggling with mental health issues, and the season creates extra challenges. Gatherings can highlight family tensions, sleep and routines get disrupted, and normal sources of support (like school counselors and Camp Fire programming) aren’t
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A Confluence of Two Rivers: Introducing a New Relationship with the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and Camp Fire

When two or more rivers meet, it is often called a confluence. When this happens, the temperature and composition of the waters may change. The new river may adjust its course. But ultimately, both rivers are strengthened by this mutual convergence. The water continues on its way, newly defined, with

Equity in Action

What do you think of when you think about equity? Fairness? Equality? Acting justly?  When we talk about equity at Camp Fire, we’re not talking about an unreachable ideal. We’re not focusing on a simplistic, everybody-gets-the-same-size-slice-of-pizza approach. We mean an inclusive value that is alive, nuanced and, frankly, difficult.  We’re
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A call for connection…

It would be arrogant to pretend that we have the right words to describe what is happening in Israel and Palestine. Our hearts are heavy for all who are affected. Our words feel small in the brutal face of war, immense fear, deep loss, and blind hatred. Camp Fire is