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Camp Fire Supports #MyReDream

Many of us have heard the term the “American Dream” which embodies the potential in what their lives may be in this country. Of course, this “dream” is different for each of us and imagining and sharing our goals is… Read More >

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10 Reasons Camp Fire Youth Will Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

1. They’re at home in the outdoors. Camp and Environmental programs have been a staple of Camp Fire since 1910. Camp Fire kids are right at home in the outdoors, with lots of places to run, hide, and build shelter.… Read More >

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The Spring of Hope

“It was the best of times and the worst of times”, continues to ring true as an opening line not only in Charles Dickens seminal book, Tale of Two Cities, but also in many of our thoughts as we try… Read More >

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The Next Generation of Quality Programming

Good celebrations linger. They ignite us. They reengage our passion for the person, ideal, cause, or relationship we’re celebrating. The very best celebrations are also opportunities for reflection, allowing time to examine the “why” behind the “what.” Every 4th of… Read More >

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Thrive Sparks Significant Change

Over the past three years, Camp Fire has implemented our Thrive methodology with the intention of positively impacting youth—their purpose, life, and social skills. This past December the program was evaluated. When results were tabulated, applause was appropriate! Five questions—focused… Read More >

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Memories Packed Full of Meaning and Optimism

Conversations with Camp Fire alumni are always heartwarming. Most involve memories that define them today.  Some include tears. All are filled with emotions that confirm Camp Fire experiences have been among the most defining of their lives. And within every… Read More >

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Joan Hei: Camp Fire Roots That Run Deep

When talking about Camp Fire, Joan Hei’s words evoke memories of woods, hikes, human rights, subways, and Wall Street. Though seemingly disparate, Joan weaves her words together into a story, one that began at Camp Sebago, the first Camp Fire… Read More >

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Thankful, with More Hope for the Future

This is the time of year when many of us reflect on all that we’re thankful for. In keeping with that, I’m devoting my December blog to what we’re thankful for at Camp Fire. As Camp Fire professionals, parents, alums,… Read More >

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Thrive: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

For over 100 years, Camp Fire has encouraged youth to discover and explore their fullest potential. From our earliest days, we have valued exploring one’s interests, choice, challenge through progression, and pursuit of meaningful endeavors. Current research in youth development… 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: