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Questioning Power & Repairing Harm: Addressing Cultural Appropriation in Our History

One of Camp Fire’s five interwoven strategic commitments is addressing and ending cultural appropriation. In 2020, Camp Fire began working with Thrive Paradigm to identify culturally appropriative elements of its programming and recommend changes aligned with Camp Fire’s values of… Read More >

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Meet Quincy Henry: Coffee Roaster, Environmental Justice Seeker, and Youth Advocate

We got connected with Tacoma’s Campfire Coffee Co. after discovering we share both a name and a commitment: Protecting our environment for everyone and opening access to outdoor spaces to all.  (You can learn more about Campfire Coffee Co.’s story… Read More >

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Celebrate Earth Day: Work for Environmental Justice

The outdoors is inextricably woven into Camp Fire’s inception, history and goals for the future. Similarly, social justice is undeniably tied to environmental justice: We live in the environment, we share in the environment. What we do to, with and… Read More >

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Hate Has No Home in Camp Fire

  Two nights ago, eight people were killed in violence across three Asian-owned spas in Atlanta, six of them being Asian American women. We are devastated by this news. As we mourn and reflect, we also want to take action… Read More >

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Becoming Who We Want to Be

The past year’s challenges forced all of us to take a hard look at who we are and who we want to become.  As Camp Fire’s CEO, Greg Zweber, outlined in his end-of-year letter, we did some very important work… Read More >

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Letter from Camp Fire’s CEO Greg Zweber: Reflecting on 2020, Hope for 2021

  Like many of you, we have not only been responding to COVID-19 since March but have also been trying to understand ourselves in the current moment. “What is the current reality demanding of us as a leader?” Bianca J.… Read More >

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Young people want to shape the world – now

A recent survey by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) found “83 percent [of youth ages 18-24] say they believe young people have the power to change the country.”  That’s exactly what we want… Read More >

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Camp Fire Teen’s Coloring Book Company Goes Viral

  You might have seen Camp Fire teen Ella Matlock recently in Real Simple. Or maybe it was Good Morning America, CNN, The Washington Post, Parents, or E! Online.  As co-founder of the Be The Change Coloring Co., Ella has… Read More >

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Youth Protection in a Pandemic & Beyond

Written by: Youth Development Expert Nikki Roe-Cropp Director of Program Effectiveness, Camp Fire National Headquarters Nikki currently serves on the National Alliance of Youth-Serving Organizations for Child Protection. She is passionate about helping all youth reach their full potential through… Read More >

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