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{Thrive}ology Archive

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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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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It Matters What You Measure (Pt. 1): How Camp Fire Investigates Impact

Numbers last updated Jan, 11, 2018. You know we take being a leader in the positive youth development community seriously. That means regularly trying out new methods, new ideas, and new ways of encouraging kids to be their best selves… 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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10 Reasons We’re #CampFireStrong

1. We’re innovative leaders in youth development—that’s our SPARK. We love helping kids be the best they can be, right now. So we make sure we’re on the cutting edge of positive youth development research. When we learn new and… Read More >

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How to Have a Hard Conversation

Conflict isn’t fun. Hard conversations can feel like a gut-punch, so most of us do everything we can to avoid them. But in the end, avoidance isn’t good for us, or our relationships. The good news? There are healthy ways… Read More >

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11 Tips for Better Conflict Resolution

Conflict is always challenging, but there are simple practices we can adopt to ease the struggle. For National Bullying Prevention Month, we’re talking about why conflict resolution matters, and how we’re teaching kids this endangered life skill to transform them into powerful… Read More >

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Camp Fire Transforms Youth Into Powerful Peacemakers

Can you feel it? In the past several years, our culture seems to have hit new highs…or lows…when it comes to division, hostility, and opposition. While we see constant conflict take its toll globally, we also know how interpersonal problems… Read More >

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