A Gift of Giving is our Service Learning program that teaches youth about community service through hands-on experiences. These program sessions are structured to lead youth through conceptualizing and implementing a community service project from start to finish. The steps practiced in A Gift of Giving include assessment, planning and organizing, conducting the project and evaluating and celebrating the successes. Youth learn to work together towards a common goal and make a difference in their community.
For kindergarten through middle-school children, the program is flexible, and sessions vary in length depending on the ages of the children and the types of projects children choose. Projects are designed to connect academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility with meaningful community service experiences. The key to the success of the program is that projects are youth led.
In partnership with Big Thought’s Thriving Minds Afterschool Programs, Camp Fire implemented our Gift of Giving program for sixth, seventh and eighth graders at Marsh Middle School. Under the watchful guidance of a trained Camp Fire mentor the students began assessing the needs of the school and student body. They determined what project would be the most beneficial for their school – a permanent student council. The students worked to identify the need, developed a plan and address the problem.