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Why Afterschool Programs are a core part of Camp Fire’s strategy

Shawna Rosenzweig is Camp Fire’s Chief Strategy Officer and a long-time advocate for afterschool programs. She recently joined the board of the National Afterschool Association and has a lot to say about the benefits of afterschool programs. The Camp Fire… Read More >

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Almost 25 million kids are waiting to get into an afterschool program

Talk about a gap! in early 2020, there were 7.8 million young people in afterschool programs—and 24.6 million more who would be if a spot was available. (1) But this is pre-pandemic data; the demand for quality afterschool programming has… Read More >

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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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