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{Thrive}ology Archive

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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3 Easy Questions for Self-Reflection

This month, we’ve talked about how reflection fits into Camp Fire’s Thrive{ology} framework and how we can help young people reflect on living a thriving life. But reflection isn’t just for kids! Let’s steal some reflection wisdom from the Camp Fire… Read More >

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Reflection on Thriving: Questions You Can Ask Kids & Teens

Last week we started to dig into reflection, the Camp Fire way. We teach young people how to examine, interpret and learn from their experiences, because we want them to thrive. Not to get too meta on you, but we… 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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