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Camp Fire National Headquarters Evaluation Manager Hannah Patterson Selected as National Afterschool Association (NAA) 2022 Next Gen Honoree

Hannah Patterson NAA's Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders Honoree

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 23, 2022 – The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the voice of the afterschool profession and lead organization for the advancement of afterschool professionals and leaders has selected Hannah Patterson, Evaluation Manager at Camp Fire… Read More >

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2020-2021 People & Impact Report | Camp Fire

We are proud to share Camp Fire’s 2020-2021 People & Impact Report!     This is one of our eight organizational core values. The purpose of our annual People & Impact report is to show you what that means in… Read More >

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Camp Fire connects young people to the outdoors, to others, and to themselves

Does it feel like everything is changing…all the time? We’re right there with you. Thanks to Omicron, 2022 is already full of shifts, surprises and recalculations. In seasons of turmoil, it’s easy to get disoriented and distracted. But as an… Read More >

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New Year, New Vision

The New Year gives us an excuse to stay up late, dance a little, and eat a lot. It also invites us to imagine what the future could hold. In the face of so many challenges—from the ongoing pandemic to… Read More >

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Exploring Innovative Nature Engagement Practices

Camp Fire’s current strategic plan includes the commitment to “promote environmental stewardship and action.” Currently, the level of nature engagement across Camp Fire councils varies widely. Some councils have full outdoor camp facilities and incorporate nature into everything they do;… Read More >

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Developmental Relationships—are we cultivating them?

photo of two boys smiling. the text says "developmental relationnships"

Developmental Relationships—connections that help us learn, grow, give back and become our best selves—are fundamental to a thriving life. Research shows that young people who have strong developmental relationships are more engaged at school, have higher social-emotional learning skills and… Read More >

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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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Advancing Equity at Camp

Inclusion has always been a value at Camp Fire, and throughout the past century, we have been learning more and more about what inclusion looks like. A big part of that journey is creating equitable opportunities for all young people… Read More >

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