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Youth Voice, Upcoming Walkouts, Marches, & Your Role

Teens make their way through a team-building obstacle course

From our beginning, Camp Fire has supported and encouraged youth voice. We know that for kids and teens to really thrive, we must invest in who they are right here and right now – not just their future potential. Part… Read More >

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5 Ways to Make a Big Impact for Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®

Here at Camp Fire, every day is about helping kids thrive. But we wanted to take one day a year to really do it BIG. That’s why we started Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® in 1997. Every year on the third… Read More >

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How Camp Fire Has Changed the Trajectory of My Life

Written by Haley Jacobs, Graduating Social Work Intern with Camp Fire Heartland in Kansas City, Mo. I will be honest, before starting at Camp Fire, I never thought I would be working with children. I had watched my mother and… Read More >

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Do you want a thriving life? Reflect

Reflection isn’t a one-and-done kind of thing. You don’t take a “how-to-reflect lesson” and call it good. Reflection is a skill that grows over time with regular practice until it becomes an unbreakable habit. This critical life skill can be… Read More >

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Shifting Goal Gears: Stay Flexible, Stay On-Track

It’s nearing the end of January! How are your 2018 resolutions tracking? Some research shows just 58 percent of resolutions survive the first month, and only 9 percent of people over all report achieving a New Year’s resolution. Some of that… Read More >

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Six Foolproof Strategies for Going After Goals

Even though “reality” TV shows might tell us otherwise, wanting it isn’t actually enough to win you the 2018 resolutions prize. Nope. If we want to attain our goals, we need a plan. Make that multiple plans. That’s where the… Read More >

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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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It Matters What You Measure (Pt. 3): The Stories Behind the Stats

You know by now that December has been all about impact. We’ve talked about how we measure our progress and the data that tells us our Thrive{ology} programs are working. Today, we want to get to the true heart of impact:… 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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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: