Camp Fire National Headquarters is now accepting proposals for workshop presenters and facilitators for the Promise to Practice 2021 Conference. Submissions will close on October 1, 2021. All accepted presenters will receive a discount code for free registration to the conference.


The Promise to Practice Conference is focused on different aspects of programming in the camp and out of school time environment. Our goal is to bring together presenters and participants of different identities, perspectives, and backgrounds from the field of youth development. We welcome and encourage people who speak any language(s) to participate while recognizing that we operate in English as a dominant language. If you will be presenting in a language other than English, please note it in the “Comments” section of your submission.


Each session will typically be 50 minutes; if you need a longer session time for a specific reason, please indicate that in the “Comments” section of the submission form. If it is longer than 50 minutes, a break will be planned for.


Each session will also be categorized according to what “track” it follows. The five (5) tracks for this conference are:

    • Youth Protection: Pertaining to the protection of youth from abuse in an out of school time environment (ex: sexual abuse prevention, peer-to-peer abuse)
    • Program Monitoring/Evaluation: Pertaining to the effectiveness of program elements  (ex: program assessment, survey techniques, data collection)
    • Curricula & Program Supports: Pertaining to what’s happening in out of school time programs and how we do our work (ex: innovative programming, unique approaches, and successful program ideas others can learn from)
    • Program/SEL Frameworks: Pertaining to the theoretical foundations of how we work with youth people (ex: new frameworks, healing-centered approaches)
    • Program Staff Development: Pertaining to the training, management, and connection to program staff (ex: training approaches, new methodologies)

Possible topics we are interested in could include (but are not limited to):

    • Diversity, inclusiveness, equity, and access within programs
    • Infusing nature/environment within programs
    • Supporting specific ages of youth: younger youth/school-age/middle-school/high-school
    • Family engagement strategies
    • Curricula/activities/programming
    • Program evaluation
    • Program quality
    • Trauma-informed care or healing-centered approaches in programs
    • Staff development/training
    • Initiating, designing, and sustaining programs
    • Innovative program ideas

To review the questions on the submission proposal form in advance of submitting, please download this PDF overview.

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Proposal Submission Form


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