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Camp Fire Serves as National Curriculum Partner for In Defense of Food

The No. 1 New York Times bestseller comes to television. Eating is fun and essential to our survival. So why should we have to defend food? The reality is, our Western diet is ruining our health and our waistlines, and… Read More >

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Every Student Succeeds Act Compromise Legislation Released

From Afterschool Alliance: This morning, Congress released the Every Student Succeeds Act—compromise legislation that will reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—and I am thrilled to report that it includes a dedicated funding stream for 21st Century Community Learning Centers… Read More >

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December 1 is Giving Tuesday at Camp Fire

#GivingTuesday™ is a national day of giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2015. In the same way you participate in Black Friday to get great deals on holiday purchases, we… Read More >

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10 Reasons Camp Fire Youth Will Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

1. They’re at home in the outdoors. Camp and Environmental programs have been a staple of Camp Fire since 1910. Camp Fire kids are right at home in the outdoors, with lots of places to run, hide, and build shelter.… Read More >

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I See You

Sherry Turkle’s opinion piece “Stop Googling, Let’s Talk” (Sept. 26, 2015) resonated strongly with us at Camp Fire. We were reminded that members of the northern Natal tribes of South Africa greet one another daily by saying “Sawubona”, which literally… Read More >

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Camp Fire Signs To Maintain Title IV Language in Every Child Achieves Act

Today Congress received a letter with 671 national, state, and local organizations representing broad support for the Senate language that will sustain the 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).… Read More >

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Senator Klobuchar Credits Camp Tanadoona

In her new book, as well as from the podium, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar speaks fondly of her time in Camp Fire. “If … our teachers taught us to learn, behave and excel, Camp Fire taught us to serve others… Read More >

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Camp Fire, By The Numbers

Did you know… Camp Fire grew 8% in the previous year? Did you know that 86% of youth report that Camp Fire provided them with the opportunity to try things they had never tried before? For all the latest stats, click… Read More >

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Article in Youth Today Highlights Thrive{ology}

An article in Youth Today, a publication targeting those involved in providing youth services in nonprofit organizations and public agencies, highlights Camp Fire’s national implementation of Thrive{ology}. In December 2014, Camp Fire surveyed young people in its programs across the… Read More >

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