thrive theory

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 Sparks

Identify and grow Sparks and Spark Champions

Growth Mindset

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

Goal Management (GPS)

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 participants are more likely to:

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.

kids building
Your Turn! Tell us your Camp Fire story
campers exploring Fall Creek at Camp El Tesoro
Our Promise

Young people want to shape the world.

Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.

In Camp Fire, it begins now.

Light the fire Within
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