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Inclusion & Diversity Archive

Camp Fire’s National Youth Advisory Cabinet Stands With Trans* Youth

  As Camp Fire’s National YAC we want to say to the LGBTQ2S+ youth of Texas and Florida – young person to young person – you are magic. We stand in solidarity with you and your families and will do… 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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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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Inclusion Statements: Why specificity matters

You may have noticed that this year we’ve updated/expanded our inclusion statement which encompasses some things we hadn’t yet called out:  Camp Fire’s Statement of Inclusion Camp Fire believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being.… Read More >

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Building Equity with Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Like we’ve talked about on the blog before, Camp Fire is actively and intentionally becoming an equity-focused organization. All of our five 18-month goals are directly related to equity. Why? Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but… Read More >

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Becoming Who We Want to Be

The past year’s challenges forced all of us to take a hard look at who we are and who we want to become.  As Camp Fire’s CEO, Greg Zweber, outlined in his end-of-year letter, we did some very important work… Read More >

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Letter from Camp Fire’s CEO Greg Zweber: Reflecting on 2020, Hope for 2021

  Like many of you, we have not only been responding to COVID-19 since March but have also been trying to understand ourselves in the current moment. “What is the current reality demanding of us as a leader?” Bianca J.… Read More >

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Engage Your Family: Talking Race, Racism, & Anti-Racism With Youth K-12

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We know you agree: young people are amazing. We believe they shape the world (no matter their age) and it’s our job to be with them on a journey to self-discovery and lift their voice. How do we do that?… Read More >

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Five Ways to Help Kids Belong

  It’s a universal human need. When we feel like we belong, we feel safe to be who we truly are—or who we truly want to become. We feel secure, seen and valued. We feel at home.  At Camp Fire,… Read More >

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