Thriving with Camp Fire

Our methodology ensures that youth thrive.

The Step-it-up-2-Thrive Theory of Change

In collaboration with The Thrive Foundation for Youth, Camp Fire has infused a research-based methodology throughout all our programs to help youth and teens:


Identify and grow Sparks and Spark Champions


Understand brain development and move to a growth mindset;
the belief that you can learn new skills all the time 


Build goal management skills that last a lifetime


Reflecting on activities, experiences and outcomes
















Armed with these skills, and with the guidance of trained, caring adults,
we know that Camp Fire parti
cipants are more likely to:

  • Achieve higher grades
  • Stay in school
  • Demonstrate social competence
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Volunteer to help other people
  • Be environmentally conscious
  • Have a sense of purpose
  • Achieve their full potential



The Thrive Difference

Unlike other organizations, Camp Fire programs are truly measurable. We have employed the Thrive Theory of Change methodology to achieve the outcome of enabling youth to achieve their full potential... and be able to prove it.

Every day, we see youth building positive, sustained relationships, learning life skills that include self-reflection and goal management, and practicing these skills in our school-year, camp and teen programs. We also see youth develop indicators of thriving which include positive youth outcomessuch as increased social skills (inclusiveness and empathy), life skills, conflict resolution, purpose, and confidence.