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You Have to Center Joy: Understanding Thriving With Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond

We’ve been very lucky to partner with Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond, a leader in thriving research, as we re-envisioned Camp Fire’s definition of thriving. Dr. Darling-Hammond puts “overlooked and underserved” young people at the center of her work, an approach that… Read More >

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3 Reasons We Need Afterschool Programs NOW

Out-of-school-time programs really matter in the day-to-day lives of families and young people. They are also a core strategy in Camp Fire’s mission to connect young people to the outdoors, to others and to themselves. We’ve written about our commitment… Read More >

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Camp Fire Celebrates Young People of All Genders

In 2019, Camp Fire expanded our inclusion statement to get a lot more specific about all the ways young people might define themselves—and how we welcome, affirm and support everyone. One of the categories of diversity that we actively celebrates… Read More >

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Answering the Call to Connection

Young people are craving deep, real connections with people who see them as they are. This was the driver for Camp Fire National’s new mission statement, and also why we were so excited to discover this remarkable new report, “A Call… Read More >

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Building Equity with Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Like we’ve talked about on the blog before, Camp Fire is actively and intentionally becoming an equity-focused organization. All of our five 18-month goals are directly related to equity. Why? Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because we’ve seen… Read More >

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Around the Camp Fire – Nov. 2020 – Gratitude

This month, we launched a new community conversation series: Around the Camp Fire. These conversations delve into topics around how to support, encourage, and lift up young people in our community to grow their potential and thrive now. Free and… Read More >

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Your Kids & Conflict Resolution: Why It Matters

CAMP FIRE ORCA IN TACOMA, WASHINGTON October is National Bullying Prevention Month. While there are many good ways we can address bullying with the kids and teens in our lives, this month we’re going to focus on just one strategy… Read More >

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The impact of COVID-19 on today’s young people

As we head into the new school year, we recognize that COVID-19 has now been with us for half a year and doesn’t look like it is going anywhere anytime soon. By now, it has disrupted and impacted all of… 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 development program evaluation, we explored… Read More >

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