Embrace your own ecosystem

As we get ready for Earth Day, we’re curious how our community is responding to environmental challenges in an everyday way. It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of dire headlines about climate change impacts and the need for huge systemic changes. We started looking for examples of what
Camp Fire People & Impact 2022-2023

Camp Fire’s People & Impact: 2022-2023

The desire for connection is something we all feel, but there is an inherent vulnerability tied to it. To connect, we must put ourselves out there in one way or another. Connection doesn’t just happen, and it doesn’t happen “to” us passively — we must take an active role —

Center Humanity, Honor Identity, Promote Healing & Cultivate Liberation: This Is Transformative SEL

We have talked quite a bit about SEL over the years. This #SELday, Sr. Director of Program Effectiveness, Nikki Roe Cropp, shares more about how we use SEL in our programs and why it is essential to the work we do. We know that kids who have a certain set

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

How can nature help us reframe ‘work’? 

“What happens when you shift from thinking of your team functioning like a well-oiled machine to a well-nurtured meadow?”  This is just one of the many re-framing questions from José González, an environmentalist, Chicano and educator, and founder of Latino Outdoors and Outdoorist Oath. José helps others see culture through

Building on our STEM Foundations

Have you ever had the experience of being fully in the moment … and only later realizing how well that presence set you up for the future? Maybe you got so in the flow of doing something you love that you didn’t realize how much you learned until months later.
Trauma Informed Care

Camp Fire’s approach to trauma: What it means to be trauma-informed

You’ve heard us say it many times: Growing up is hard. That’s the why behind everything we do. But when we say hard…just how hard are we talking?   Right now, really hard. Like, clinically hard. We’re in a youth mental health crisis, and one of the underlying causes is
Hiking in the forrest

An open letter to Camp Fire parents

To: Camp Fire camp parents/caregivers From: Nikki Roe Cropp, Director, Program Effectiveness Dear current or prospective Camp Fire camp parent/caregiver: Hi! We are so excited you are thinking about or already have enrolled your child in a Camp Fire camp this summer!  Safety is likely forefront of your mind as