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

Spend time with children in nature for Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®

Guest post by Amelia Rhodeland, MPA, Content Production Manager, Children & Nature Network For Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®, spend some time outdoors with the young people in your life. I can’t imagine a better way to show them that you care about them. Research shows that families who spend time
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Encourage and Recognize Military Youth on Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®

Guest post by Daniel W. Hatcher, MPH, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation Today, there are over 2 million children of active-duty U.S. service members, National Guard Reserve, and military veterans. On average, military families move every two to three years. This means that by the

Camp Fire’s People & Impact: 2021-2022

Over the past few years, as we’ve continued to navigate COVID-19 and its challenges, we served over 100,000 young people virtually, which is incredible. But now, as we’re able to operate programs in person (and we see growing waitlists for our programs), we’re again able to offer the kind of

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; other councils, especially those without dedicated outdoor facilities, often focus

Camps prep for campers’ mental health needs

Camp is back: Throughout the country, 33 Camp Fire councils will be hosting day camps and summer activities this year. Twenty-six councils are welcoming kids back to resident (sleep-away) camps, too—a big change from 2020, when the pandemic kept all but three resident camps programs from operating.  This is very

Why Camp Fire? 

As we celebrate Giving Tuesday (December 3!) and approach the end of the year, we want to say thank you for your ongoing support of Camp Fire. Your gifts of money, time, and insight make an immeasurable difference in young people’s lives.  Can you help us raise $5,000 before the

Tracking Camp Fire’s Impact

Impact. From the Latin impingere, meaning “driven in.” To come into contact with, to influence or have a strong effect on. Synonyms: Impression, mark, imprint, repercussion, result.   What does it mean to truly have an impact? At Camp Fire we take that question seriously. We want to know that

Camp vs. Screens (Spoiler: Camp wins)

Facts we take seriously at Camp Fire: Kids spend 90 percent of their time indoors. – Children & Nature Network Kids spend 50+ hours a week on a screen.  – Children & Nature Network If you need a quick answer to “Why camp?”, there’s your answer in two short stats. While scientists