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How to Set Smart Goals—Whether You’re a Kid or a Kid-at-Heart

What’s on your 2018 resolution list? Not to get all meta on you, but making better resolutions is always on ours. Smart goals are achieved goals! Goal management is one the four pillars of Thrive{ology} (our proven path to youth… Read More >

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5 Ways You Can Make Kids & Teens Stronger

Happy #GivingTuesday! It takes every single one of us to help our 153,891 Camp Fire kids, teens, and their families, thrive. Thank you for all the ways you live out #CampFireStrong. We’re honored to be doing this big, important work… Read More >

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What can YOU do for YOUTH on #GivingTuesday in ONE WEEK?

Because of you, Camp Fire is on its way to being stronger than ever. In 2017, we grew a lot (we served 19.5% more Camp Fire kids than 2016), added new programs across the country, got some major investments and partnerships, and have… Read More >

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Camp Fire Selected as National Partner to Strengthen Youth Relationships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MINNEAPOLIS, MN (November 16, 2017)—Search Institute has selected Camp Fire to be one of five national partners to co-create and test innovative ways to strengthen the relationships that young people in marginalized communities experience in their schools,… Read More >

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10 Reasons Camp Fire Stands Out From the Crowd

We get a lot of comparisons to other pro-kid nonprofits, and we applaud the hard work our peer organizations do. But today, we want to tell you why Camp Fire is different, and what makes us an innovative leader in… Read More >

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10 Reasons We’re #CampFireStrong

1. We’re innovative leaders in youth development—that’s our SPARK. We love helping kids be the best they can be, right now. So we make sure we’re on the cutting edge of positive youth development research. When we learn new and… Read More >

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Celebrating Camp Fire Alumni: Dr. Hester Turner’s 100th

By Cheryl Kravitz If you are very lucky, there are times you meet a person who will have lasting impact on your life. The encounter might take a few minutes, a few hours, or, if you are fortunate, could last… Read More >

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How to Have a Hard Conversation

Conflict isn’t fun. Hard conversations can feel like a gut-punch, so most of us do everything we can to avoid them. But in the end, avoidance isn’t good for us, or our relationships. The good news? There are healthy ways… Read More >

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11 Tips for Better Conflict Resolution

Conflict is always challenging, but there are simple practices we can adopt to ease the struggle. For National Bullying Prevention Month, we’re talking about why conflict resolution matters, and how we’re teaching kids this endangered life skill to transform them into powerful… Read More >

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