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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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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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Camp Fire’s Service 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. Service and civic engagement have always been core Camp Fire values. This value was put to work during World War I… 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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