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Letter from the CEO: Goodbye & Closing Remarks

Cathy Tisdale

The past, nearly nine years as President and CEO of Camp Fire have been the best—and the hardest—work of my professional life. I began with an unwavering belief that if Camp Fire rose again to its former prominence and glory,… Read More >

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Celebrating Betty Rutherford

Betty Rutherford, a long time Camp Fire leadership volunteer and civic leader, passed away January 20 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Betty met and married the “love of her life”, race car driver Johnny Rutherford, and later served as Vice President,… Read More >

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Camp Fire Expands Efforts to Support Underserved Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2018 Kansas City, Mo. – National youth development organization Camp Fire has announced plans to expand overnight/resident camp among three cohorts of underserved youth: 1) young people from economically underserved backgrounds, 2) young people who… Read More >

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Camp Fire National Headquarters President and CEO Cathy Tisdale Announces Retirement

Cathy Tisdale

Kansas City, Mo. —After eight years of fierce commitment to creating a world where all kids can thrive, Camp Fire’s national President and CEO, Cathy Tisdale, has announced her retirement effective April 1, 2019. Cathy’s 40-year career as an educator and… Read More >

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Tell a Kid Why They Amaze You on Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2018 The Medium Doesn’t Matter, the Message Does: Tell a Kid Why They Amaze You on Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® On March 15, Thousands Will Participate Nationwide in Camp Fire’s Unique #KidDay Holiday With One… Read More >

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Youth Voice, Upcoming Walkouts, Marches, & Your Role

Teens make their way through a team-building obstacle course

From our beginning, Camp Fire has supported and encouraged youth voice. We know that for kids and teens to really thrive, we must invest in who they are right here and right now – not just their future potential. Part… Read More >

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The Death of 17 Innocents, and the Youth Who are Lifting Their Voices

A Message from Cathy Tisdale, Camp Fire National Headquarters President & CEO: I don’t know about you, but I was heartened, encouraged, and not at all surprised by the brave responses of the students who survived the Feb. 14 shootings… Read More >

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Jim Stephanson Tapped As New Camp Fire Snohomish County CEO

This press release originally appeared on MyEverettNews.com. PRESS RELEASE Camp Fire Snohomish County is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Stephanson as new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 2, 2018. As a long-time Everett resident, Mr. Stephanson provides a… Read More >

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Camp Fire Selected as National Partner to Strengthen Youth Relationships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MINNEAPOLIS, MN (November 16, 2017)—Search Institute has selected Camp Fire to be one of five national partners to co-create and test innovative ways to strengthen the relationships that young people in marginalized communities experience in their schools,… Read More >

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