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The Spring of Hope

“It was the best of times and the worst of times”, continues to ring true as an opening line not only in Charles Dickens seminal book, Tale of Two Cities, but also in many of our thoughts as we try… Read More >

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Community Ignites a Spark and Raises More Than $90,000

Camp Fire Columbia’s 5th Annual Celebrity & Youth Talent Show raised over $90,000 in support of inspiring youth to achieve their aspirations, graduate on time, and love the outdoors. The goal of the night was to encourage the community at… Read More >

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The Next Generation of Quality Programming

Good celebrations linger. They ignite us. They reengage our passion for the person, ideal, cause, or relationship we’re celebrating. The very best celebrations are also opportunities for reflection, allowing time to examine the “why” behind the “what.” Every 4th of… Read More >

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Thrive Sparks Significant Change

Over the past three years, Camp Fire has implemented our Thrive methodology with the intention of positively impacting youth—their purpose, life, and social skills. This past December the program was evaluated. When results were tabulated, applause was appropriate! Five questions—focused… Read More >

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Memories Packed Full of Meaning and Optimism

Conversations with Camp Fire alumni are always heartwarming. Most involve memories that define them today.  Some include tears. All are filled with emotions that confirm Camp Fire experiences have been among the most defining of their lives. And within every… Read More >

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The Importance of Trained and Caring Adults

Onward & Upward Caring adults have been on my mind lately. Obviously we all recognize the value of adults in a child’s life. Yet what exactly does “care” mean (talk about a subjective term!) and when does “caring” become too… Read More >

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Relentless Optimism for our Promise to youth

I am an optimist. I’m also relentless. I was in Silicon Valley recently as part of a Kansas City, Missouri, Chamber of Commerce visit. During our visit to Google’s headquarters, I discovered there’s actually a term that “Googlers” (yes, that’s… Read More >

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Thankful, with More Hope for the Future

This is the time of year when many of us reflect on all that we’re thankful for. In keeping with that, I’m devoting my December blog to what we’re thankful for at Camp Fire. As Camp Fire professionals, parents, alums,… Read More >

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Thrive: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

For over 100 years, Camp Fire has encouraged youth to discover and explore their fullest potential. From our earliest days, we have valued exploring one’s interests, choice, challenge through progression, and pursuit of meaningful endeavors. Current research in youth development… Read More >

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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: