Camp Fire Inland Northwest | Light the fire within!


Woven into every Camp Fire experience is our framework for thriving;
we call it Thrive{ology}. 

Camp Fire creates powerful youth experiences that change lives for the better, and these experiences are outlined in our program framework. Thrive{ology} is the main method we use to achieve these experiences for Camp Fire youth. This approach enables youth to achieve their full potential through four components:


Sparks are the things that make you come alive! What excites you, gives you energy, motivation, and purpose? It can be an activity (basketball) or a cause (social justice).

Learn to push past obstacles, take risks, believe you can learn a new skill at any time, and don't give up. Kids and adults with a growth mindset are more successful in life.

Decide what you want to strive for and determine how to get there. Learn to adjust your plan if needed or what kind of support and accountability you want.

Find your "aha moments," whether it's learning from a mistake, realizing why you were successful, what you like or dislike, what you want, and what makes you feel proud.

Equipped with these skills, and the support of trained, caring adults, Camp Fire youth 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.