Our Framework Ensures That Youth Thrive

Woven into every Camp Fire experience is our proven framework for thriving. We call it Thrive{ology}. It’s a research-based, measurable approach to youth development. Created in partnership with the Thrive Foundation for Youth, our approach enables youth to achieve their full potential through four components:



Identify Sparks and Spark Champions. Sparks are your passions – things that make you excited to learn and improve. And Spark Champions are the people in your life who help you identify and develop your sparks.



Adopting a Growth Mindset. Growth Mindset is the belief that you can learn new skills all the time, and that with hard work and practice you can improve.




Building goal management skills. Goal Management Skills allow you to set goals and monitor your progress towards achieving them.




Camp Fire gives youth the opportunity to reflect on activities and outcomes, to help them examine what is and isn’t working, and improve for the future.



Equipped with these skills, and with the support of trained, caring adults, Camp Fire participants are more likely to:

  • Stay in school
  • Demonstrate social competence
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Be environmentally conscious
  • Have a sense of purpose
  • Achieve their full potential

Camp Fire’s trained, caring adult leaders play a vital role in building developmental relationships that are critical to a thriving mindset. Youth need people in their lives who challenge growth, provide support, share power and expand possibilities. By providing this support and challenge, Camp Fire’s leaders serve a foundational role in building youth’s ability to thrive.

Youth also see Camp Fire staff as their Spark Champions. In a recent survey, 83% of youth said adults in Camp Fire encouraged them to explore the things they are interested in, and 82% of youth said adults in Camp Fire help them solve problems instead of telling them what to do.

Every day, we see youth building positive relationships, learning life skills that include self-reflection and goal management, and practicing these skills in our Summer Camp, Traditional Club, and After School programs.