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Celebrating 100 Years of Camp Fire Minnesota: A Weekend to Remember!play_arrow

In May 2024, Camp Fire Minnesota marked a monumental milestone—our 100th anniversary—with a celebration that truly captured the spirit and history of our beloved camp.

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Alumni Spotlight: T’Keya Chambersplay_arrow

“I didn’t realize how much working with children would inspire me and teach me about the important things in life.”

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Help More Youth Experience Nature!play_arrow

Make nature more accessible! Use your voice to advocate for our bonding bill at the state.

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Alumni Spotlight: Peggy Doerrieplay_arrow

“The song “Each Camp Fire Lights Anew” is true. As an alum, I treasure many wonderful Camp Fire friends and memories.”

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100 Years of Camp Fire Cookoutsplay_arrow

There’s nothing quite like cooking over a crackling campfire!

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Casting a Youth Centered Visionplay_arrow

Learn more about our Strategic Plan for 2024 to 2026!

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Restoring Camp Fire Historyplay_arrow

A beloved landmark gets new life to help welcome more young people into nature.

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Alumni Spotlight: Emmerson Blotzplay_arrow

“My goal in my work is to always help spark wonder and ignite people’s passions the way Camp Fire did for me.”

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Discovering Nature: Youth Storytelling Contestplay_arrow

Art, poetry, and essays from Camp Fire youth!

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2022 Annual Reportplay_arrow

2022 was full of building community connections, lifting up young voices, and innovating our programs and property. Enjoy highlights and numbers from the year!

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Celebrating the Joy of Nature Educationplay_arrow

As we celebrate another successful school year of welcoming young people into nature, hear from youth and partners on their experiences.

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Take Action for More Young People to Experience Nature!play_arrow

Support several critical projects that will have a significant positive impact on youth.

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Inclusion at Camp Fire: MESHI Coordinators & Sensory Kitsplay_arrow

In celebration of Neurodiversity Week, learn how Camp Fire creates space to welcome all. 

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Meet Camp Fire’s Newest Board & Foundation Membersplay_arrow

Meet ten new members who joined in 2022!

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2021 Annual Reportplay_arrow

A year in review: highlights, stories, and numbers from 2021

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10 Highlights from our Nature Immersion Program Pilotplay_arrow

Looking back at our first Nature Immersion Program year.

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Inclusion at Camp Fire: Q&A with Kori and Marieplay_arrow

Learn more about Camp Fire Minnesota’s new Board of Directors Chair and our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Meet Camp Fire’s newest board membersplay_arrow

Please welcome Martha, Lalo, Tammy, Scott, and Angie!

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Field trips encourage students to find their sparkplay_arrow

From soil testing to plant identification, our environmental education field trips bring young people and nature together.

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Lesson spotlight: Animal Adaptationsplay_arrow

Through Animal Adaptations & Populations, youth become wildlife detectives.

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Lesson spotlight: Intro to Geologyplay_arrow

Taking soil samples is one way our environmental education programs encourage youth to discover more about geology.

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Meet Laloplay_arrow

“Tanadoona allowed me to be myself.”

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Developing strong leaders year-roundplay_arrow

Youth are encouraged to explore their leadership styles spring, summer, winter, & fall at Tanadoona!

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Q&A with Koriplay_arrow

Get to know Kori Redepenning, Camp Fire Minnesota’s new President & CEO!

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Culinary Creations: cooking up fun at campplay_arrow

With the addition of a brand new teaching kitchen, youth can see some of their food’s journey from beginning to end.

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New aquaponics system supports STEM learningplay_arrow

Building positive cycles and helping youth flourish, a few fish and seeds at a time.

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Top four (of endless) reasons to work at summer campplay_arrow

Spend your summer having a blast and making a difference!

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Meet Camp Fire Minnesota’s new President & CEO!play_arrow

Please welcome Kori Redepenning, Camp Fire Minnesota’s new President & CEO!

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Earth Week Round-Upplay_arrow

We rounded up a few of our favorite My Nature Connection lessons to help you make every day Earth Day!

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5 Benefits of Summer Campplay_arrow

Youth find their spark through the magic of summer camp.

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Say you will to a Camp Fire weddingplay_arrow

Tanadoona offers the scenic beauty of a North Woods wedding, without having to travel miles from home.

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Sparking change through new partnershipsplay_arrow

Camp Fire’s new partnership with Ramsey County 4-H and The Sanneh Foundation ensures bright futures for youth.

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Bringing nature to classrooms—virtuallyplay_arrow

Partnering with schools to bring environmental education to students—in-person and virtually!

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Say hello to our new 2021 board membersplay_arrow

The Camp Fire Board of Directors has five new faces going into 2021. 

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Camp Fire Minnesota begins search for new President & CEOplay_arrow

With much gratitude for Marnie Wells’ nearly 16 years of leadership, 2021 brings bright futures for Camp Fire youth with a new perspective. 

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Welcoming Winter with Camp Fire Supportersplay_arrow

Gathering ’round the (virtual) campfire with our supporters.

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5 Things We Can Learn from Our Teen Outdoor Leadersplay_arrow

Important life lessons from Camp Fire’s youth.

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Making Nature Connections in New Waysplay_arrow

Programs at Tanadoona continue in Covid-safe ways to help youth connect with nature and each other.

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Supporter Feature: Land O’Lakes, Inc.play_arrow

Camp Fire’s relationship with Land O’Lakes, Inc. runs deep.

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Meet the Naturalistsplay_arrow

Caroline, Chris, Kelly, and Sam share their nature notes and tips.

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2019 Annual Reportplay_arrow

Highlights, stories, and more from 2019.

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Black Lives Matter – Now and Alwaysplay_arrow

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Water Filtrationplay_arrow

Learn about water pollution and filtration in this lesson from one of our Naturalists.

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Writing PoeTreeplay_arrow

Foster a connection to trees and flex your creative muscle in this lesson from one of our Naturalists.

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Books about Natureplay_arrow

Nature-based books – recommended by Camp Fire staff – to keep you entertained while staying indoors.

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Mindfulness Exerciseplay_arrow

In addition to relieving stress and anxiety, mindfulness can help promote focus, empathy, and curiosity – something we could all benefit from during these uncertain times.

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A Building that Reflects our Valuesplay_arrow

As we start planning our year and looking towards the summer, we’d like to provide an update on construction progress.

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2019: A Year In Reviewplay_arrow

Our favorite moments from 2019.

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Meet Andreaplay_arrow

“Camp Fire is a safe and open place for kids to be kids and to experience nature,” says Andrea Koller, who volunteers for Camp Fire Minnesota.

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Meet Taliaplay_arrow

She grew as a leader through Camp Fire.

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How to make Biodegradable soapplay_arrow

In part 2 of our 3-part series on water quality, we’re inviting you to get involved by making biodegradable soap!

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10 Reasons to Get Excited about our New Community & Dining Centerplay_arrow

We’re so excited to start construction on the new Community & Dining Center and think you will be too.

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Water Quality: Riverside & Excelsiorplay_arrow

The first in our 3-part blog series on water quality.

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Capital Conversationplay_arrow

Marnie Wells and Shawn Wischmeier talk about the Capital Campaign.

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Owl Adaptationsplay_arrow

We asked Katy Konrad, our former Outdoor Programs Manager, to share one of our winter lesson plans!

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Books about Natureplay_arrow

Recommended by Camp Fire Minnesota staff.

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Meet Mike Nelsonplay_arrow

He supports Camp Fire through marshmallows.

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Meet the Architectsplay_arrow

We sat down with the architects behind Tanadoona’s new Community & Dining Center to talk about the building, their inspiration, and the design process.

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Meet the Counselors-in-Trainingplay_arrow

Part counselor, part camper, our Counselors-in-Training are valuable leaders in the Tanadoona community.

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An Outdoor Classroomplay_arrow

Take an inside look at our Field Trip program!

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Meet Nature Katyplay_arrow

Meet Katy, Camp Fire Minnesota’s Resident Naturalist.

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They Met at Campplay_arrow

Camp is a place where someone found their best friend or connected with someone they might never have met otherwise. Just ask Dave and Sandy Kvamme.

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A Family Matterplay_arrow

Meet Dezzie, Trianna, and Luchianna. Each share a unique connection to Camp Fire.

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