Our Approach to Youth Development

Camp Fire Youth Are Thriving!

The positive youth development concept of “thriving” permeates every Camp Fire Central Coast of California program. The Thrive Foundation for Youth defines thriving as “a forward, purposeful motion towards achieving one’s full potential.” “Thriving” makes sure young people have the experiences they need in a safe environment to develop to their fullest and become positive contributors to their world.

Camp Fire Central Coast of California’s trained staff and volunteers serve as one of the three necessary “Spark Champions.” We help youth identify the interests and passions that light a fire in their lives and express the essence of who they are and what they offer to the world. We help our youth identify their sparks, instill within them the belief they can continue to grow and improve in skills and intelligence, encourage them to reflect on their strengths and challenges, and aid them in pursuing their goals.