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Social Emotional Learning Archive

Developmental Relationships in Action

Two Youth Advisory Cabinet members share how strong, supportive relationships have made a big difference in their lives.  “The associate executive director at Camp Fire New Jersey is so amazing and has become a significant person in my life since… Read More >

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Developmental Relationships: What Camp Fire Columbia is learning

Camp Fire has been partnering with the Search Institute to help encourage key developmental relationships, especially in the context of marginalized communities. Camp Fire Columbia is in its third year of investigating innovative ways to strengthen connections through the Relationships… Read More >

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Camp Fire and Developmental Relationships: How strong connections help kids thrive

We all know intuitively that positive relationships are at the very center of a thriving life – both for kids and adults. And, thanks to hard-working social scientists, the data says so, too. In fact, the common denominator among thriving… Read More >

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Your Child’s Work Future & the Urgency of Social-Emotional Learning

You know Camp Fire’s mission is to help kids and teens find their sparks right now. But we also know that giving youth the tools to thrive today means they’ll keep on thriving tomorrow. So, we want to take a… Read More >

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How Social-Emotional Learning Helps Your Kids Thrive

On a gut-level, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) makes total sense. We know young people need whole-life tools to thrive. But what does the research say? In short, Social-Emotional Learning works. Here’s a run-down of some leading studies tracking social-emotional learning outcomes… Read More >

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What in the World is Social-Emotional Learning?

We’ve spent some time on the blog this year helping connect the dots between Camp Fire’s long legacy of leadership and the movements happening in the wider youth development world. You may remember our post about how Positive Youth Development… 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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It Matters What You Measure (Pt. 2): Tracking How Youth Grow & Thrive

In our most recent blog post we talked about what and how we measure Camp Fire progress. Now we’re getting to the really good stuff: Proof Camp Fire is helping kids and teens thrive. In 2017, we served more than 175,000… 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: