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Your Child’s Work Future & the Urgency of Social-Emotional Learning

You know Camp Fire’s mission is to help kids and teens find their sparks right now. But we also know that giving youth the tools to thrive today means they’ll keep on thriving tomorrow. So, we want to take a… Read More >

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What in the World is Social-Emotional Learning?

We’ve spent some time on the blog this year helping connect the dots between Camp Fire’s long legacy of leadership and the movements happening in the wider youth development world. You may remember our post about how Positive Youth Development… Read More >

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Inclusion & Diversity: Good for Kids

Camp Fire welcomes all kids and teens! Our programs reflect America’s own diversity. We served more than 184,000 youth and their families in 2017. Fifty-eight percent girls, 42 percent boys, and .1 percent transgender. Last year, eight percent of our… Read More >

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“So this is where they keep the stars…”

SUMMER CAMPS! It’s that time… it’s almost camp season. The school-year is winding down, and we’re getting fired up to spend the summer with tens of thousands of campers across the country! We know there a million different things you and… Read More >

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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… Read More >

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WOHELO: Camp Fire’s Original Watchword

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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.… Read More >

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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… Read More >

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How Camp Fire Has Changed the Trajectory of My Life

Written by Haley Jacobs, Graduating Social Work Intern with Camp Fire Heartland in Kansas City, Mo. I will be honest, before starting at Camp Fire, I never thought I would be working with children. I had watched my mother and… Read More >

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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… 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: