Camp Fire Heartland | Light the fire within

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Camp Fire Heartland has been an innovative leader in youth development since 1913.

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A purpose in life, less depression and anxiety, better social skills, higher school attendance…all of these benefits (and more!) when kids/teens have opportunity to nurture their Spark with adult support! See all the awesome benefits when you share your email. Enjoy:

Their Finest Hour: Coming Together for Children and Families

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (August 2021) “With schools closed during the pandemic, an alliance of nonprofit leaders showed quiet heroics by taking the risk to set up learning centers without funding in place, or an end in sight.”

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Helping Students Recover and Accelerating Success

National Afterschool Alliance (July 2021) House Afterschool Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives David Cicilline and Don Young will speak to the importance of strong federal support for afterschool and summer learning programs and the impact programs have on local communities. Following remarks… Read More >

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Youth Today (July 2021)

“Last summer, when it became clear that K-12 schools across Kansas City, Missouri, would have to teach virtually due to the pandemic, Erin Balleine sprung into action to create an out-of-school program so children weren’t left in the lurch.”

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Community Learning Hubs

National Afterschool Alliance (February 2021) “As schools began shutting their doors and moving to virtual classrooms last spring, afterschool programs and youth development organizations stepped up to help students and families with access to the internet, learning support, meals, and… Read More >

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Camp Fire Heartland – Winner of the KC Nonprofit Connect Stronger Together Award (May 2021)

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In This Moment

Hall Family Foundation Annual Report “New Ways of Learning in Changing Times”

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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