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How we moved Camp Fire forward in 2021: Part 2

  As we discussed in Part 1, and as you’re well aware, 2021 was a weird one. Was it its own year, or did 2020 just…keep…going? While the pandemic continues to warp our experience of time, 2021 snaps into focus… Read More >

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How we moved Camp Fire forward in 2021: Part 1

  Can you believe it? We’re staring down the last days of 2021. If you are asking yourself two simultaneous questions—Wait, I thought it was still 2020? and Shouldn’t we be in the 2030s by now?—you are not alone. It’s… Read More >

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Why equity is essential for developmental relationships

black and white photo of young people playing the "untie the knot" relationship builder game.

The FrameWorks Institute and the Search Institute have done extensive work on how to help people understand just how broad and transformational developmental relationships can be.  They suggested some mind-expanding shifts that can help organizations advocate for policies, programs and… Read More >

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Developmental Relationships—are we cultivating them?

photo of two boys smiling. the text says "developmental relationnships"

Developmental Relationships—connections that help us learn, grow, give back and become our best selves—are fundamental to a thriving life. Research shows that young people who have strong developmental relationships are more engaged at school, have higher social-emotional learning skills and… Read More >

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Why Afterschool Programs are a core part of Camp Fire’s strategy

Shawna Rosenzweig is Camp Fire’s Chief Strategy Officer and a long-time advocate for afterschool programs. She recently joined the board of the National Afterschool Association and has a lot to say about the benefits of afterschool programs. The Camp Fire… Read More >

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Almost 25 million kids are waiting to get into an afterschool program

Talk about a gap! in early 2020, there were 7.8 million young people in afterschool programs—and 24.6 million more who would be if a spot was available. (1) But this is pre-pandemic data; the demand for quality afterschool programming has… Read More >

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Using “Pulse Checks” to Empower Young People

Want to make sure the young people in your life are heard, supported and empowered? It may be time for a Pulse Check. This Camp Fire tool was developed for our own programs, but you can put its principles to… Read More >

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How Camp Fire Staff Build Youth-Driven Programs

Camp Fire is both for young people and created by young people. This isn’t just aspirational: Our commitment to youth voice is carried out in very practical ways by thousands of Camp Fire staff at the program level.  Here are… Read More >

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Alumni Task Force Builds Connections

Brooke Frickleton has a pretty classic Camp Fire alumni story: With a Camp Fire leader mom and an older sister already in the program, Brooke joined her local group in kindergarten. Part of Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, Brooke grew… Read More >

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