The Spark

{Thrive}ology Archive

Ways You Can #InvestInKids

Camp Fire has teamed up with 12 of the nation’s leading youth programs to launch a joint national campaign: Be a Champion, #InvestInKids. Our goal? Increase support for youth programs across the country.   We’re asking you to take action.… Read More >

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New decade, new #CampFireJourney

In 2019, Camp Fire held a series of focus groups with a diverse range of councils to dive into what experiences they were providing and what impact their programs were making. With the help of Algorhythm, an expert in youth… Read More >

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Camp Fire is Dedicated to Creating Safe Spaces for All Youth

Youth Development Expert Nikki Roe Cropp – Program Consultant, Camp Fire National HQ Nikki is an expert in professional development training in youth development and the nonprofit sector. One of the many professional enrichment courses she facilitates is Camp Fire’s… Read More >

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Volunteering Helps Kids Thrive

Adult volunteers fuel our programs and help our young people thrive. But did you know volunteering is also a great way for young people to unlock their superpowers? (Scroll down to find out about a youth volunteering opportunity going on… Read More >

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Use the power of words on Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®!

It’s a hard world out there. Kids and teenagers are bombarded by negative messages from social media, pop culture and even their peers all day long. They are told in ways both overt and implied: You’re not important. You’re not… Read More >

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Mental health is a key part of thriving

This February, we’re going to be focusing on youth mental health awareness. At Camp Fire, we help kids learn the tools they need to thrive: how to identify their sparks, develop a growth mindset, manage their goals and take time… Read More >

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Be A Spark Champion

It’s not enough to just know your spark. You have to grow it! And that’s where sparks champions come in. Spark Champions are adults who help young people develop the interests, skills, commitments or qualities that give lives purpose and… Read More >

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Camp Fire & the Positive Youth Development Movement

If you’ve been around Camp Fire at all, you’ve probably heard the term Positive Youth Development (PYD). Good ol’ context clues can tell you that this movement is about helping young people grow up happy, healthy and engaged, but here’s… Read More >

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The Power of Reflection

Written by Shirley Tang, a senior in high school in Houston, Tx., and member of Camp Fire’s National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC) I look left and right at my papers piling up on my desk. I look down at my… Read More >

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Sparks Infographic

Grab your free Sparks Infographic!

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: