The Spark

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Making our website accessible for all

Great news: our website gets a much-needed refresh this month (we will launch mid-Feb, stay tuned)! We haven’t done a major overhaul of our digital home since 2017. But in keeping with our value of inclusion, we wanted to make… Read More >

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Getting focused: Our goals for 2023-2025

Well, hello, 2023. What do you have in store for us? Our new strategic plan has some (very exciting) spoilers.   We opened 2022 with a new vision for Camp Fire: We envision a world where all young people thrive and… Read More >

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Help the Friendship Fund open up outdoor experiences to all

banner imge: white back ground. Text on left reads "Camp Fire National Friendship Fund". Image on right of groups of kids and adults smiling.

We know that camp and outdoor programs help young people connect to the environment and each other. These life-changing experiences have long-term benefits: strong developmental relationships with safe adults; a chance to explore new interests and skills; mental health supports;… Read More >

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How Election Season Impacts LGBTQ2S+ Youth

Shawna Rosenzweig, Chief Strategy Officer, Camp Fire National Headquarters speaking at NAA convention

This election season, it’s hard to miss all the negative campaign ads, mudslinging and scare tactics on tv and online. Some people chock it up to “just politics,” but I know from my own experience as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, as well as working in youth development for nearly two decades, that politics have real consequences on the lives of young people…

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#EmblemDrop2022: It’s here!

Today, we’re very excited to share our first awards and recognition emblem redesign: 125 emblems. 3 years of collaborative, youth-led work. 100 years in the making. 0 cultural appropriation. Thousands of great memories to come.       For the… Read More >

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Camp Fire alumni keep camp history alive

Sign showing "Ojiketa Regional Park"

The Ojiketa Preservation Society continues Camp Fire’s impact in the Twin Cities region long after the camp it is named after closed.  In 1926, the St. Paul Council of Camp Fire Girls opened Camp Ojiketa in Chisago City, Minnesota, on… Read More >

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You have to center joy: Understanding thriving with Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond

You have to center joy: understand thriving with Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond

  We’ve been very lucky to partner with Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond, a leader in thriving research, as we re-envisioned Camp Fire’s definition of thriving. Dr. Darling-Hammond puts “overlooked and underserved” young people at the center of her work, an approach… Read More >

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3 reasons we need afterschool programs NOW

three girls stand together, arms around each other, smiling for a photo

  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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