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Using “Pulse Checks” to Empower Young People

Want to make sure the young people in your life are heard, supported and empowered? It may be time for a Pulse Check. This Camp Fire tool was developed for our own programs, but you can put its principles to… Read More >

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How Camp Fire Staff Build Youth-Driven Programs

Camp Fire is both for young people and created by young people. This isn’t just aspirational: Our commitment to youth voice is carried out in very practical ways by thousands of Camp Fire staff at the program level.  Here are… Read More >

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Alumni Task Force Builds Connections

Brooke Frickleton has a pretty classic Camp Fire alumni story: With a Camp Fire leader mom and an older sister already in the program, Brooke joined her local group in kindergarten. Part of Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, Brooke grew… Read More >

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Camp Fire Chief Strategy Officer Shawna Rosenzweig Elected To The National Afterschool Association (NAA) National Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7, 2021 – The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the voice of the afterschool profession and lead organization for the advancement of afterschool professionals and leaders has announced that Shawna Rosenweig, Chief Strategy Officer of… Read More >

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A Transaction of Trust

5 Days of Action is June 7-11th. It is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse. Led by the YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, the goal is to engage… Read More >

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Inclusion Statements: Why specificity matters

You may have noticed that this year we’ve updated/expanded our inclusion statement which encompasses some things we hadn’t yet called out:  Camp Fire’s Statement of Inclusion Camp Fire believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being.… Read More >

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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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