We need YOU on the Youth Advisory Cabinet!

Camp Fire doesn’t just serve young people, it’s led by them. The National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC) is a group of passionate high school and college students who help Camp Fire thrive. Youth advisors come from all over the country and contribute to Camp Fire in all kinds of ways, including providing feedback on important […]

Ilse Browner: A Woman of Tolerance

Camp Fire’s alumni are AMAZING. And not just because we’ve got some celebrities on our rolls (hey, Madonna). Anybody who’s worked hard to find their sparks, practice a growth mindset, learn to set goals, and reflect on their progress is going to make a difference in the world. Today, Ingrid Busch, a long-time Camp Fire […]

Dr. Evelyn de Ghetaldi: A Woman of Significance

Written by Ingrid Busch Throughout the long history of women struggling to find a foothold in positions of power and influence, a few women stand out as exemplary. Evelyn Lenore Gardner Ballard de Ghetaldi is one of them. Sadly, the world lost her courage and compassion when, at age 98, Dr. de Ghetaldi passed away […]

WOHELO: Camp Fire’s Original Watchword

If you’re new to Camp Fire, you’re bound to ask: Wo-what? That word you keep hearing people say, keep seeing on pins and signs and badges? It’s wohelo. And it’s been a part of Camp Fire since the very beginning. Cofounder Charlotte Gulick invented the word in 1910 to celebrate three of Camp Fire’s core […]

Camp Fire & the Positive Youth Development Movement

If you’ve been around Camp Fire at all, you’ve probably heard the term Positive Youth Development (PYD). Good ol’ context clues can tell you that this movement is about helping young people grow up happy, healthy and engaged, but here’s the deeper dive: It wasn’t until the 20th century that adolescence was recognized as a […]

3 Easy Questions for Self-Reflection

This month, we’ve talked about how reflection fits into Camp Fire’s Thrive{ology} framework and how we can help young people reflect on living a thriving life. But reflection isn’t just for kids! Let’s steal some reflection wisdom from the Camp Fire playbook for ourselves, shall we? You don’t have to wait for a landmark experience, challenge […]

Reflection on Thriving: Questions You Can Ask Kids & Teens

Last week we started to dig into reflection, the Camp Fire way. We teach young people how to examine, interpret and learn from their experiences, because we want them to thrive. Not to get too meta on you, but we also want them to be able to reflect on thriving itself! Quick refresher: What’s thriving? […]

Do you want a thriving life? Reflect

Reflection isn’t a one-and-done kind of thing. You don’t take a “how-to-reflect lesson” and call it good. Reflection is a skill that grows over time with regular practice until it becomes an unbreakable habit. This critical life skill can be life-changing (no matter your age). How often do we in today’s society take time to […]

Shifting Goal Gears: Stay Flexible, Stay On-Track

It’s nearing the end of January! How are your 2018 resolutions tracking? Some research shows just 58 percent of resolutions survive the first month, and only 9 percent of people over all report achieving a New Year’s resolution. Some of that failure probably has to do with not choosing the right goal in the first place. […]