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From Camp Fire to Mission Control: NASA Chief Flight Director Holly Ridings’s Alumni Story

NASA Chief Flight Director Holly Ridings, the first woman to hold the position, describes the current mission happening on the International Space Station in mission control at Johnson Space Center Thursday Sept. 27, 2018 in Houston

If you were one of the 10 million people who watched NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley (Bob and Doug) to the International Space Station in May, you have seen Camp Fire alumni Holly Ridings’s life’s… Read More >

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A Legacy of Service: Camp Fire War Efforts During World War I & World War II

Special thanks to alumni Phyllis Raines who provided the following information about Camp Fire Girls war efforts from 1914-1952. During World War I and Worl. War II, Camp Fire was quick to respond to the needs of others, at home… Read More >

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People & Impact

The past eight months have been tumultuous and uncertain. With the Fall school-year approaching, COVID-19 still at large, and the 2020 election around the corner, everything continues to feel up in the air. However, one thing we have learned through… Read More >

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Virtual Summer Camps for You

  We know that COVID-19 has changed everyone’s summer plans. Summer camps are no exception. Coming up with activities at home on your own can be a huge task, but don’t worry – we’ve got you! Check out these fun… Read More >

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Engage Your Family: Talking Race, Racism, & Anti-Racism With Youth K-12

artist nikkolas smith

We know you agree: young people are amazing. We believe they shape the world (no matter their age) and it’s our job to be with them on a journey to self-discovery and lift their voice. How do we do that?… Read More >

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Message from our CEO: Expressing our solidarity with our Black youth and families

Artist: Nikkolas Smith   Our hearts and minds are heavy with grief and anger from the multiple incidents of brutality and racism we have witnessed over the past several weeks. We must stand with our Black youth, families, and staff in sadness, compassion, and anger for the… Read More >

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Your Earth Day Service Guide!

April 22 is Earth Day!     The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970, and each year since Camp Fire has celebrated the day through service and advocacy. Caring for nature is part of our DNA. Our founders… Read More >

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10 Ways You Can Help Your Community During COVID-19

This post was originally published by Youth Service America. Read the original post here. Volunteering and service are more important during a crisis than ever. Social distancing does not mean social isolation. We’re all in this together, so be a… Read More >

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Meet our 2020 Incredible Kids!

March 19th is Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® and we are honored to celebrate our two national Incredible Kids for 2020. Taijah and Aidan are being recognized for their perseverance, dedication to their communities, and desire to make the world a… Read More >

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