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Quotes from Righetti High School 9th Grade Opportunity Class [The Opportunity class is made up of identified 9th grade students at risk of not graduating from high school. The purpose of this class is to better prepare them with skills and coping methods for the challenges of high school.] These quotes are from student participants in Mr. Tognazzini’s class and were written on March 19th, 2018, ten weeks into the Thrive{ology} lessons and after two local hikes. "We are loving the direction this Thrive{ology} program is headed and are so excited about the upcoming weeks. These kids are more excited to come to school than I have ever seen. Our...
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
ABOUT ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE KID DAY®  How often do we stop to tell the kids and teens in our lives how incredible they are? What impressive qualities we observe in them? Do we applaud who they are as a person and not just the good things they do? This is why Camp Fire founded Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® in 1997—to activate adults across the U.S. to write, email, text, send a video, or tell (in any form) the youth in their lives what makes them special. Encourage, inspire, and uplift our nation’s youth—that is the goal of this holiday. Camp Fire’s 54 councils engage their communities online and offline (through special events and programs...
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Camp Fire invites you to join us as we launch a new program, providing outdoor learning experiences to middle and high school students. OWLS = Outdoor Wilderness Leadership & Survival. This dynamic program will be facilitated through connection with local school districts who have reached out to us with a need for connecting young people with nature - something that studies show is beneficial for youth: their body and mind.
Monday, November 20, 2017
We know the youth of today want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the experience everyone needs to discover who they are - find their spark - lift their voice, and become a leader in this generation. Camp Fire Clubs are making the world a better place, one person at a time.  Click HERE to learn how to get connected!  
Monday, August 21, 2017
                                         Sharing the Spirit of Natoma   In 1976 a 10-year master plan was written by two Cal Poly students to complete their senior project and Architecture degree. Their college advisor was Natoma’s beloved Ken Schwartz and special thanks were given to Dorothy Anderson and Bill and Carol Hutchinson in completing the study.   On page 1 of the study, under the caption of “Camp Fire Philosophy of Camping,” the authors capture the essence of all our work at Camp Natoma today;   “A Camp Fire camp is a microcosm in which all the elements of life are intensified by the total environment. It is a place where...
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Recently, I was interviewed on a radio station in Paso Robles. I enthusiastically shared all the virtues of Camp Fire; our magnificent clubs, our growing after school programs and our terrific camps. One listener, “Betty Robles”, called the radio station immediately after we got off the air and insisted she talk with me. I was escorted to a private office where I had the liveliest of conversations. Betty was one of the first campers to attend Camp Natoma in 1941. Oh, how I wish you could have heard our chatter. She reminisced about the early years at camp; eating meals under the dining hall tent, swimming in the creek, hiking, archery and...
Saturday, April 1, 2017

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