2021 Promise to Practice Hub


Camp Fire’s Promise to Practice (P2P) Conference is where camp and out-of-school time program professionals and leaders gather to get inspired, connect, learn, and share! This conference is an annual program-focused convening that offers in-person training opportunities for out of school time program staff, interns, and volunteers. The conference promotes collective peer-to-peer interaction and encourages sharing and learning among all workshop participants.


The conference will run from Monday, November 8, 2021, until Wednesday, November 10, 2020. It will be held entirely virtual.




Registration Now Open


Registration for the Promise to Practice 2021 Conference is now open to everyone. The cost of registration is $20 per individual and includes full access to the conference, plus access to recordings of the sessions for up to a month after the conference ends. If you are submitting a proposal, please wait, all accepted proposals come with free admission.


Register for P2P


Proposal Submission Open until October 1


We are now taking proposals for conference sessions under consideration. All presenters will receive free access to the conference. Submissions will close on October 1, 2021. Please click the link below for more information and where to submit.


Submit your Proposal

“Promise to Practice” has been an annual gathering of Camp Fire staff and volunteers from around the country since 2012. In 2020, we went entirely virtual as a response to COVID, like many other conferences, and something magical happened: we nearly tripled our attendance, all because a virtual format was so much more accessible to so many people.

This led to an interesting question: if we can connect and share with so many others in our network by being virtual, what prevents us from including even more people, from other youth-serving organizations? The answer, it seems, is nothing. For the first time, we are excited to invite all youth development professionals and leaders to the Promise to Practice Conference!

This year’s conference will not have a specific theme; instead, it will focus on that which is its namesake: our promise to practice. We are all united by our commitment and dedication to the practice of youth development, and to ensure we offer the highest quality programs for our participants. Delivering effective programs and measuring them for effectiveness requires attention to multiple elements. P2P shines a light on the best examples of youth development programming. We do this while consistently keeping equity and access in mind, in order to create diverse, equitable environments that are inclusive of all people.

This programming focus will have five (5) different facets, which will be the conference tracks:

  • 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)

Each of the sessions will be labeled according to which track the presenter(s) identify the session as being part of.

Camp Fire’s Statement of Inclusion: Camp Fire believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being. We welcome, affirm, and support young people and adults of all abilities and disabilities, experiences, races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, religion and non-religion, citizenship and immigration status, and any other category people use to define themselves or others. We strive to create safe and inclusive environments that celebrate diversity and foster positive relationships.


Camp Fire National Headquarters is committed to creating a welcoming space for all attendees at our virtual Promise to Practice Conference.

The Promise to Practice conference will be entirely virtual, utilizing both the Pheedloop conference platform and integrating Zoom virtual meetings. Sessions may include one or all of the following learning elements:

    • Live presentation from a speaker, without subtitles
    • Pre-recorded video without a participant’s ability to pause, slow, or stop the video, without subtitles
    • Visual text and graphics
    • Participant interaction with speakers during sessions, such as typing into a chat box, and/or unmuting to speak, and/or using a video feed
    • Small group sessions in which participants interact with each other by unmuting to speak, and/or typing into a chat box, and/or using a video feed
    • We welcome all languages for both presenters and participants while recognizing that we operate in English as a dominant language. 

We are unable to provide automated closed captioning, sign language interpretation, or live transcription during the sessions.

We recognize that participants come from a variety of environments and situations and that life experiences, bias, racism, geography, cultural backgrounds, age, gender, etc. can affect our learning experiences. You are encouraged to have on-hand snacks or beverages, to take breaks as you see fit, and generally take measures to ensure your comfort in order to have the best possible learning experience. We will intentionally schedule sessions for fifty (50) minutes to provide a small break between sessions. If you need to step away from conference but which to remain in the sessions, please set your status as needed in Zoom, as many of the sessions will feature breakout rooms. 

You may join the conference in a variety of ways, including phone, tablet, or computer. Conference organization is managed by the Pheedloop platform, integrating Zoom sessions within it.

We will provide access to our virtual event platform at least two weeks in advance. We will offer an “Open House” video with instructions on how to choose which sessions you will attend so you can build your personalized schedule and become familiar with the online platform. 

In addition to the presenter(s), each session will be supported by at least one staff or volunteer.

Workshops and sessions will be recorded and available to registrants for access for at least four weeks following the conference. 

We will encourage presenters to use 20-point font and color contrast for presentation slides, and upload PDFs of slide decks and other materials to our virtual platform for attendee review. 


Our Promise

Young people want to shape the world.

Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.

In Camp Fire, it begins now.

Light the fire within