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How we moved Camp Fire forward in 2021: Part 1

  Can you believe it? We’re staring down the last days of 2021. If you are asking yourself two simultaneous questions—Wait, I thought it was still 2020? and Shouldn’t we be in the 2030s by now?—you are not alone. It’s… Read More >

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Using “Pulse Checks” to Empower Young People

Want to make sure the young people in your life are heard, supported and empowered? It may be time for a Pulse Check. This Camp Fire tool was developed for our own programs, but you can put its principles to… Read More >

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Alumni Task Force Builds Connections

Brooke Frickleton has a pretty classic Camp Fire alumni story: With a Camp Fire leader mom and an older sister already in the program, Brooke joined her local group in kindergarten. Part of Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, Brooke grew… Read More >

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2021 Promise to Practice

    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… Read More >

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2021 National Leadership Conference (NLC)

    2021 National Leadership Conference (NLC) Hub The National Leadership Conference (NLC) is a meeting of council representatives from around the country. Council leaders, board members, and senior program, marketing, and development leaders are invited to hear special keynote… Read More >

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A Transaction of Trust

5 Days of Action is June 7-11th. It is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse. Led by the YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, the goal is to engage… Read More >

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Camp Fire

          “What is the current reality demanding of us as a leader?” – Bianca J. Baldridge –       We believe in the intrinsic value, dignity, and worth of every person. That is what drives us… 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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2019-2020 People & Impact Report

Camp Fire made a big impact in the 2019-2020 program year. It just looked different than any of us could have imagined.   The 2019-2020 program year was a challenge for so many reasons, COVID-19 being one of the biggest.… Read More >

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