Reconnection over Resolution

This January, we’re trying something new: We’re focusing on reconnection instead of resolutions. Our December National Leadership Conference theme was Camp Fire (re)Connects.   Camp Fire’s mission is to connect young people to the outdoors, to others and to themselves. It takes regular recommitment to stay the connection course. NLC gave us an inspiration re-up right […]

Supporting young people through the holidays: 20 ways to help this season

The holidays: when both cheer and stress levels reach epic highs. Many young people are already struggling with mental health issues, and the season creates extra challenges. Gatherings can highlight family tensions, sleep and routines get disrupted, and normal sources of support (like school counselors and Camp Fire programming) aren’t as available.  Child development experts […]

A Confluence of Two Rivers: Introducing a New Relationship with the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and Camp Fire

When two or more rivers meet, it is often called a confluence. When this happens, the temperature and composition of the waters may change. The new river may adjust its course. But ultimately, both rivers are strengthened by this mutual convergence. The water continues on its way, newly defined, with added force and determination. Each […]

Equity in Action

What do you think of when you think about equity? Fairness? Equality? Acting justly?  When we talk about equity at Camp Fire, we’re not talking about an unreachable ideal. We’re not focusing on a simplistic, everybody-gets-the-same-size-slice-of-pizza approach. We mean an inclusive value that is alive, nuanced and, frankly, difficult.  We’re committed to fairness that does […]

How can nature help us reframe ‘work’? 

“What happens when you shift from thinking of your team functioning like a well-oiled machine to a well-nurtured meadow?”  This is just one of the many re-framing questions from José González, an environmentalist, Chicano and educator, and founder of Latino Outdoors and Outdoorist Oath. José helps others see culture through the lens of nature.  As […]

National Art Experience

An Exploration of water All living beings need water. As humans, we cannot thrive when water is contaminated or is in hazardously low supply. Access to clean and healthy water is currently at the forefront of national and international conversations on health, equity, and environmental conservation. For many people, water is recreational. People enjoy swimming, […]

Shawna Rosenzweig Named President of Inclusive National Youth Development Organization Camp Fire National Headquarters

Rosenzweig promoted internally after 10 years of strategic program leadership and notable success KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (July 5, 2023) – National inclusive youth development organization Camp Fire announced today that Shawna Rosenzweig, Chief Strategy Officer for the past four years, has been promoted to President. To further the innovative work happening at the organization, […]

But what does belonging feel like?

Creating belonging is a moral good, sure, but sometimes we need to take a second to remember just how good belonging feels. When have you experienced the power of belonging?  We talk a lot about belonging at Camp Fire. It’s woven into our values. (We are inclusive. We work to create safe and inclusive environments, […]

Nature and the Well-Being of Youth 

This post is authored by Catherine Hubbard, Manager, Outdoor and Nature Programming | Camp Fire National Headquarters. Earth Day falls every year on April 22. Founded in 1970, the original Earth Day is seen by many as the launch of the modern-day environmental movement. Its early focus was on pollution and its damaging impact on […]