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3 reasons we need afterschool programs NOW

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  Out-of-school-time programs really matter in the day-to-day lives of families and young people. They are also a core strategy in Camp Fire’s mission to connect young people to the outdoors, to others, and to themselves. We’ve written about our… Read More >

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We’re re-envisioning “thriving”

  Part of the work of being an alive, evolving organization is to revisit the big stuff regularly. If you don’t question why you exist, what your work is, and what you believe every so often, it’s easy to get… Read More >

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Camp Fire’s Boundary Breaking-History

  Written by: Ben Matthews, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access Specialist     In 1909, Charlotte Gulick held a small summer camp for her daughters, three of their close friends, and a young woman with disabilities. There was no way… Read More >

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Camp Fire Celebrates Young People of All Genders

In 2020, we expanded our inclusion statement to get a lot more specific about all the ways young people might define themselves—and how we welcome, affirm and support everyone. One of the categories of diversity that Camp Fire actively celebrates… Read More >

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Answering the Call to Connection

Young people are craving deep, real connections with people who see them as they are. This was the driver for our new mission statement, and also why we were so excited to discover this remarkable new report, “A Call to… Read More >

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One of our values: We get outdoors.

  April 22 is the official Earth Day holiday, but as every inhabitant of this planet knows in their very molecules…every day is Earth Day! We are hurtling through our galaxy on this gorgeous globe. We humans are made of… Read More >

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Camp Fire’s Values Deepen as We Grow

  When Camp Fire began in 1910, its values were simply “work, health, love.” As we’ve grown and expanded—and as humans continue to better understand ourselves and how we can help each other thrive—our organizational values have deepened. As part… Read More >

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Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® is March 17th!

Last month on the blog, we talked about how our big why became really clear during the pandemic. Why does Camp Fire exist? Because growing up is hard.  If you’re an adult reading this, you remember how it was. Now… Read More >

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Camp Fire Names Two New Council CEOs and Youth Advisory Cabinet Chair to National Board of Trustees

KANSAS CITY, MO (Feb. 24, 2022) – National inclusive youth development organization Camp Fire, is proud to announce that it has added two new council CEOs and a Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC) Chair to the National Board of Trustees. Their… Read More >

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