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Self Reliance Program

All children today need to learn how to feel good about themselves. They need to know how to be responsible for their own actions and how to handle threats to their safety and security. They need self-confidence. They NEED to be self-reliant kids.

Building the Self-Reliance skills that young people need in today’s world is one of the primary goals of all Camp Fire programs. Helping children learn to take care of themselves in specific situations is the goal of each of Camp Fire’s Self-Reliance programs. Self-Reliance courses targeted to specific skills are the newest and fastest growing Camp Fire programs. These courses are designed to require a short-term commitment – usually from six to eight weeks.

Self-Reliance courses are unique in many ways. Like all Camp Fire programs, Self-reliance courses attempt to negate traditional stereotypes and help both boys and girls develop a balance of skills. The curriculum is thoroughly developed and comprehensive in scope; learning is not left to chance. All instructors are trained and present the materials in a fun, active manner which helps to keep interest levels high and enables youth to practice their new found skills in a non-threatening environment.

Please call the Self Reliance Coordinator at 425 258 KIDS for pricing and for more information on any Self Reliance Course.

The following is a brief description of the Self-Reliance courses:

Count on Me Kids helps children develop strong, positive self-images by emphasizing healthy lifestyles and encouraging children to do their best. Topics include: how to keep your body strong and healthy, protecting yourself from harm by being safe and careful, how to be a good friend and care for others, saying “no” to negative peer pressures and the many ways I am unique and special.

I CAN DO IT, Grades 2,3
This class teaches youngsters many different “how to” skills such as: making healthy snacks, answering telephone call from strangers, handling emergencies, escaping from fires, and mush more. Basically, the course provides knowledge about situations which can arise while being home alone, on the way to school or being out in public on your own.

I’M PEER PROOF: Friendship and Refusal skills, Grades 3, 4, 5
Games and role-playing make this a fun way to learn important lessons about making good friends as well as being one. Topics include: starting conversations and keeping them going, giving and receiving compliments, using good manners, dealing with bullies and teasers, and saying “no” and still feeling OK. The students are shown the difference between Aggressive, Assertive and Non-Assertive behaviors.

STRESS BUSTERS, Grades 5,6,7
School grades, sports, peer pressure, family problems…. teens these days deal with a lot of stress. This course is designed to help teens learn to identify with the stress in their life, feel less alone, more positive about themselves and better able to deal with disappointment.

Learn the how to’s of babysitting – everything from the proper way to hold a child to what to do in an emergency. Topics include: infant and toddler care, play ideas, behavior management, age characteristics, emergency procedures, fining sitting jobs and working with the parents.

DIFFERENT AND THE SAME, Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Using videos, role playing, and discussions, children will learn to address the complex issues of human relationships and to identify bias so that it can be prevented. The children will learn how to identify bias and prejudice, to share their feelings, and deal with these issues in a positive and productive manner.

A service learning program designed to encourage children to become involved in their community. Students assess community needs, plan and carry out a service project, and reflect on their experiences.

Courses may be modified to higher or lower grades depending upon the needs of the students. Class duration may also be varied to meet the schedules of the hosting group.

Please call the Self Reliance Coordinator at 425 258 KIDS or email for pricing and for more information on any Self Reliance Course.

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.

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