The Spark

Powerful Programs Archive

This is what inclusion looks like

  Camp Fire works to realize the dignity and worth of each individual and to eliminate human barriers based on all assumptions that prejudice individuals. Designed and implemented to reduce sexual, racial, religious, and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive… Read More >

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Meet Ben Matthews, Camp Fire’s Diversity & Inclusion Program Consultant

Ben Matthews is Camp Fire National Headquarters’ new program consultant for diversity and inclusion. Ben’s role is supported by a CAMPER grant (Camp Accessibility, Meaningful Participation, and Equal Representation), a three-year initiative to better include three underserved youth populations at… Read More >

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Camp Fire is Dedicated to Creating Safe Spaces for All Youth

Youth Development Expert Nikki Roe Cropp – Program Consultant, Camp Fire National HQ Nikki is an expert in professional development training in youth development and the nonprofit sector. One of the many professional enrichment courses she facilitates is Camp Fire’s… Read More >

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Camp Fire Just Keeps Getting Better (On Purpose)

Camp Fire’s Thrive{ology} framework teaches kids to have a Growth Mindset and Reflect on what they’ve learned. And we like to practice what we preach! We want to make sure our programs deliver on our promise: to help young people… Read More >

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Beyond Camp: Our Out-of-School Time Programs

  September means school is in full swing, and so are Camp Fire’s Out-of-School Time (OST) programs! Yes, “camp” is literally our first name, but we help kids find their sparks in so many other ways. In fact, 47 of… Read More >

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Camp vs. Screens (Spoiler: Camp wins)

Facts we take seriously at Camp Fire: Kids spend 90 percent of their time indoors. – Children & Nature Network Kids spend 50+ hours a week on a screen.  – Children & Nature Network If you need a quick answer to “Why… Read More >

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The big benefits of being in nature

One of the best parts about going to camp is being outside. After all, Camp Fire began in 1910 to give girls the kind of outdoor experiences that were already available to boys. These days, Camp Fire programs teach kids… Read More >

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Camp meets you where you are

Inclusion isn’t just a buzz word to us at Camp Fire. It’s a founding principal. It’s a way of being, thinking, working and playing. It’s how we do everything, including camp. Especially camp. Why? It’s just more fun that way.… Read More >

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“So this is where they keep the stars…”

SUMMER CAMPS! It’s that time… it’s almost camp season. The school-year is winding down, and we’re getting fired up to spend the summer with tens of thousands of campers across the country! We know there a million different things you and… Read More >

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Sparks Infographic

Grab your free Sparks Infographic!

A purpose in life, less depression and anxiety, better social skills, higher school attendance…all of these benefits (and more!) when kids/teens have opportunity to nurture their Spark with adult support! See all the awesome benefits when you share your email! Enjoy: