What is Thriving?
Thriving is defined as a forward, purposeful motion towards achieving one’s full potential. Thriving is an orientation toward life marked by balance, meaning, and learning from experience, in which one knows and finds resources that foster one’s talents, interests, and aspirations, and through which one contributes to the common good. Although exploring interests and potential have been foundational to the Camp Fire experience “Thriving” is a relatively new construct within the field of Positive Youth Development. This field, also referred to as “PYD”, represents a strengths-based view to development that focuses on potential and engagement rather than mitigating negative behaviors. Until recently, there was a dearth of research about thriving, and consequently, the concepts have often been unrecognized, misunderstood or disconnected from on-the-ground practice.
The Thriving Framework
Every Camp Fire program employs our framework for thriving, a research-based, measurable approach to youth development. Our approach, created in partnership with the Thrive Foundation for Youth, enables youth to achieve their full potential by:
Identifying their Sparks.
Adopting a Growth Mindset (the belief that you can learn new skills all the time).
Building Goal Management Skills (GPS).
Creating the opportunity to Reflect on activities and outcomes.
Camp Fire was honored to be the first national youth development organization in the United States to implement and scale up the methodology for thriving developed by the Thrive Foundation for Youth. The Foundation is a true leader in researching and advocating methods that tap into young people’s aspirations and help them achieve their full potential.
Camp Fire Central Coast’s desire is that every child have the opportunity to THRIVE!