My caseworker gave me a packet full of numbers and i liked your volunteer options.I like to work with kids and art. I like to teach kids about life and about what is right and the wrong.
I grew up going to a really cool summer camp. This camp isn't just any camp, it is a Camp Fire camp. Not only is this camp apart of the organization, it also runs with the values and passions which Camp Fire upholds. I applied to become a National Youth Advisory Cabinet member so that I could further my role in the nonprofit organization of Camp Fire. As a member of the National Youth Advisory Cabinet, I do not represent the camp or local council that I am from. I represent the voice for all Camp Fire youth throughout this country. Along with 15 other wonderful and dedicated youth, we give youth voice in many of the decisions that Camp Fire Headquarters makes, as well as representing youth at national events. Throughout the time I have been involved with Camp Fire, I have become very confident in myself as a leader. I have also found confidence in my voice, because in Camp Fire my voice matters. It is not just my voice, but every other youth's voice in this country that Camp Fire cares about. Camp Fire encourages youth to lift their voices, because they do matter. I know my opinion on Camp Fire matters, which is why I am writing this review. I am not someone who doesn't know anything about this organization, I am someone who has grown up and into Camp Fire's wide open arms. This organization is extremely inclusive, and will accept and treat others with respect and dignity. Camp Fire wants to help youth members find their spark, through this organization I have found mine.
As a National Board Member, I am constantly impressed by the work of the national team on behalf of our many councils and families we serve. The commitment to council staff and board professional development is extensive and holistic. Most notable is our practive of inclusivity, as it is a principal we value.
Our Council has some amazing day and resident camps for Central Coast California kids. Their programs for local youth teach leadership and offer experiences they would not otherwise have. I will continue to support Camp Fire here for the youth in our community.
As a relatively new Board Member, I've been extremely impressed with this organization. All are caring, passionate, smart people that want to make a positive difference, and they are! To say that this organization fills a void is an understatement. Some of the most impressive attributes of Camp Fire are the inclusionary nature of the org, the range of programs offered, and the flexibility to suit the needs of all constituents. Camp Fire includes proven, successful programs, with responsible adult supervision. The simple yet valuable approach of listening to children, and helping to find their spark, is priceless.
Camp Fire is an organization that helps children grow into their best selves. I grew up in this program and can't describe the difference it made in my life. Now I donate to Camp Fire so they can keep making a difference in the lives of children today.
Camp Fire is an organization that truly lives up to its promise. When you participate in Camp Fire, you know you will be comfortable being yourself, you will make friends, and you will get to participate in programs that make a difference. When you volunteer for Camp Fire, you can expect to be changed forever. Witnessing how Camp Fire impacts lives is not something that you will soon forget. When you donate to Camp Fire, you can be assured that your money is directly impacting the youth Camp Fire serves. Your donation goes to funding state of the art programs, tools, and assistance for kids to learn, grow, and just be kids!
Camp Fire goes above and beyond to help children find their sparks. They don't wait for kids to grow up, or force them to grow up before they are ready. They get engaged with them now. They come along side them through collaboration with families, schools, communities and care givers. Kids need allies now more than ever. Camp Fire is here to light the fire within youth, and keep it burning throughout their lives.
Camp Fire is more than an organization. It is a group of people who truly care about children, youth, and teens growing up in this country. They are inclusive - all are welcome at Camp Fire. Youth have a big say in what happens in Camp Fire. The Youth Advisory Cabinet is made up of young people from across the country who come together to plan what Camp Fire does. At a recent focus group, one of them said, "Because of Camp Fire, I am a much, much better person."
The work Camp Fire is doing in the realm of youth development is unmatched! It's research based and all-inclusive. They have recently revitalized their brand and continue to support youth and their families.
The one thing in my life that made me who I am is my membership in Camp Fire. My mom let me join with I was 6 and I have stayed involved for over 50 years. In Camp Fire I learned to be a leader, that I was a strong person with many talents, that I could do anything I tried and to try things that I had never tired. I learned that there were amazing adults who cared about me, our community and giving service. There were many areas where I was not at the top of the class but in CAmp Fire it did not matter. I was accepted for who I was and encouraged to increase my knowledge and skills so I could be successful in life. I also learned that the out of doors was a great place to learn. I learned to survive difficult situations, to be a critical thinker, to cook using limited resources--a skill that has served me well, and so very much more. My children all are members of Camp Fire and today they are well vested in the WoHeLo Spirit of service, caring, and being amazing young people.
Camp Fire is doing a great job with their updated branding and increased outreach. I recommend this organization for anyone looking for a great youth organization. Local councils and the national organization work together to develop excellent opportunities for youth and adults.
Camp Fire's youth development work and outcome measures is ahead of their time! National partnerships that help local affiliates work with youth and leaders is essential in any national organization and Camp Fire does this well.
As a consultant, I helped Camp Fire USA develop a health curriculum for children. My experience working with the organization's national and local staff was wonderful. Everyone clearly cared about ensuring that kids would have a top-notch after-school experience. The national staff members I worked with were consistently hard-working, creative, and responsive. They were also appreciative of my efforts, and I would love to work with them in the future.