The Spark

Leadership & News Archive

One of our values: We get outdoors.

  April 22 is the official Earth Day holiday, but as every inhabitant of this planet knows in their very molecules…every day is Earth Day! We are hurtling through our galaxy on this gorgeous globe. We humans are made of… Read More >

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Camp Fire’s Values Deepen as We Grow

  When Camp Fire began in 1910, its values were simply “work, health, love.” As we’ve grown and expanded—and as humans continue to better understand ourselves and how we can help each other thrive—our organizational values have deepened. As part… Read More >

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Camp Fire Names Two New Council CEOs and Youth Advisory Cabinet Chair to National Board of Trustees

KANSAS CITY, MO (Feb. 24, 2022) – National inclusive youth development organization Camp Fire, is proud to announce that it has added two new council CEOs and a Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC) Chair to the National Board of Trustees. Their… Read More >

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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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Camp Fire National Headquarters Evaluation Manager Hannah Patterson Selected as National Afterschool Association (NAA) 2022 Next Gen Honoree

Hannah Patterson NAA's Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders Honoree

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 23, 2022 – The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the voice of the afterschool profession and lead organization for the advancement of afterschool professionals and leaders has selected Hannah Patterson, Evaluation Manager at Camp Fire… Read More >

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2020-2021 People & Impact Report | Camp Fire

We are proud to share Camp Fire’s 2020-2021 People & Impact Report!     This is one of our eight organizational core values. The purpose of our annual People & Impact report is to show you what that means in… Read More >

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Camp Fire National Staff Continue Lead in Their Field

“We are learners” and “We pursue impact“: These are two of our eight core values that help guide our organization. Our Camp Fire staff embody these values and we have a lot to celebrate when it comes to the caliber… 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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How we moved Camp Fire forward in 2021: Part 2

  As we discussed in Part 1, and as you’re well aware, 2021 was a weird one. Was it its own year, or did 2020 just…keep…going? While the pandemic continues to warp our experience of time, 2021 snaps into focus… Read More >

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