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:



Identifying and growing Sparks and Spark Champions. (Video)


Adopting a growth mindset the belief that you can learn new skills all the time. (Video)


Building goal management skills. (Video)


Creating the opportunity to reflect on activities and outcomes. (Video)

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 programs.