"Generosity is like an electrical current through which love flows."
[Reflection by Rebecca McClintock, Camp Fire Office Manager]
Each of us have experienced it: that feeling of our personal influence and potential surging out from within us and into something we're passionate about. In Camp Fire, we call this a "Spark" - the perfect word to describe it - and Generosity is the perfect conductor to share our Sparks and make a real difference in our world.
In Camp Fire, youth are actively involved and given a Voice. Children and teens have a chance to participate in service projects throughout each year. When young people see that they have the power to make a positive impact upon the world, this forever changes the way they see themselves and others, and it ignites a purpose, a passion, and a lifestyle of generosity within them. Here are some of the ways Camp Fire youth Club Members and Teen Leadership participants share their Sparks and live generously...
- Serving a hot Thanksgiving Meal at the Pismo Veteran's Hall (click here for 2019 video link)
- Clean Up Days at beaches, parks, and other community areas
- Working with local Parks & Rec Departments to help with event booths, parades, etc.
- Collecting toys for Ronald McDonald House Charities
- Collecting stuffed animals and volunteering at Woods Humane Society's Wiggle Waggle Walk-A-Thon
- Creating party favors for Meals on Wheels
- Visiting local Care Centers and spending time with residents
- Making blankets for Project Sweet Dreams
- Mariah's Blessing: creating and giving bags of practical personal items for homeless young adults
- Baking cookies for Hospice Light Up a Life campaign
- Creating and sending Valentines for disabled and injured Veterans
- Community booths including AG Halloween Carnival, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life
- National Projects including Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Project Ignition, National Leadership Conference
- Awareness Campaigns including teen driving safety, animial cruelty prevention, etc.
Every Camp Fire program employs the Thrive Theory of Change methodology, helping youth find their Sparks, lift their Voice, and discover who they are. Our trained, caring adult leaders then nurture that discovery giving youth the tools they need to become leaders in their community, school, or their peer group today. Delivered before, during and after school, or in volunteer-led club settings, Camp Fire programs include: conflict resolution, healthy lifestyle, community action, leadership training, outdoor learning, and more. Camp Fire Out-of-School-Time programs provide youth with so much more than simply a place to go after school while parents work. When Camp Fire partners with your school, students have the opportunity to work with trained, caring adults who can help them with their goals, teach them about health and wellness, keep them active, engage them in community service projects, or provide mentoring regarding challenges youth face today. Our programs are uniquely focused to help youth thrive.