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Five Ways You Can Promote Youth Voice

If you work with or support positive youth development organizations, you’ve probably heard the phrase “youth voice” before. If you’re new to Camp Fire or the PYD movement, you could be wondering what the shorthand means…besides the obvious. You’re right… Read More >

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Teens Lead at Camp Fire

Camp Fire is founded on the belief that young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire doesn’t just sponsor programs for young people. It’s a platform for young people to create their own programs and engage with their communities,… Read More >

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Thank you Camp Fire Alumni

Camp Fire is proud of its legacy and we’re proud of those who have walked before us. Over July, we celebrated our alumni on social media and called for them to share some of their memories.  Each one of the… Read More >

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Developmental Relationships: What Camp Fire Columbia is learning

Camp Fire has been partnering with the Search Institute to help encourage key developmental relationships, especially in the context of marginalized communities. Camp Fire Columbia is in its third year of investigating innovative ways to strengthen connections through the Relationships… Read More >

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Camp Fire is Dedicated to Creating Safe Spaces for All Youth

Youth Development Expert Nikki Roe Cropp – Program Consultant, Camp Fire National HQ Nikki is an expert in professional development training in youth development and the nonprofit sector. One of the many professional enrichment courses she facilitates is Camp Fire’s… Read More >

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Letter from the CEO: Goodbye & Closing Remarks

Cathy Tisdale

The past, nearly nine years as President and CEO of Camp Fire have been the best—and the hardest—work of my professional life. I began with an unwavering belief that if Camp Fire rose again to its former prominence and glory,… Read More >

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Use the power of words on Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®!

It’s a hard world out there. Kids and teenagers are bombarded by negative messages from social media, pop culture and even their peers all day long. They are told in ways both overt and implied: You’re not important. You’re not… Read More >

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Celebrating Betty Rutherford

Betty Rutherford, a long time Camp Fire leadership volunteer and civic leader, passed away January 20 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Betty met and married the “love of her life”, race car driver Johnny Rutherford, and later served as Vice President,… Read More >

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Mental health is a key part of thriving

This February, we’re going to be focusing on youth mental health awareness. At Camp Fire, we help kids learn the tools they need to thrive: how to identify their sparks, develop a growth mindset, manage their goals and take time… Read More >

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A purpose in life, less depression and anxiety, better social skills, higher school attendance…all of these benefits (and more!) when kids/teens have opportunity to nurture their Spark with adult support! See all the awesome benefits when you share your email! Enjoy: