Children do well when their families do well, and families do better when they live in supportive communities.
Camp Fire has a rich and long history of family strengthening. Our commitment to families is implicit in our values and principles, and we recognize that strong family networks are key for effective, positive youth development.
Family strengthening is not a single program, but it is an intentional approach to youth development. For Camp Fire, this means meeting families where they are, in whatever forms families exist. Councils go beyond serving individual youth to supporting the quality of life of the youth’s families, through services, and resource connections.
From providing family-friendly employee policies to connecting parents to valuable community resources, Camp Fire Councils across the nation are striving to improve the lives of youth, their families, and communities as a whole.
The 5 Pillars of Family Strengthening
- Family Cohesion: Helping families increase their togetherness by providing opportunities for them to spend time together doing meaningful activities.
- Social Networks: Helping families connect with formal and informal networks in the community that meet their needs and provide support, information, and resources.
- Community Service: Helping families strengthen their community by providing them with opportunities to perform service-learning projects together.
- Formal Networks: Helping families gain access to and use of effective, high-quality education, health care, and social services.
- Economic Success: Helping families find and keep jobs and connecting families to economic resources that provide information on building a savings account, establishing credit, and other financial information. Annie E. Casey Foundation
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