October is National Bullying Prevention Month
An Emphasis on #ConflictResolution
October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Schools, organizations, and Camp Fire councils across the county will come together to educate communities on the impact of bullying and raise awareness for bullying prevention. Whether it’s wearing blue shirts on October 2, 2017 for “Blue Shirt Day” as promoted by or wearing orange on October 25, 2017 for “Unity Day” as promoted by, there are many fun and interesting activities and events taking place throughout the nation. 

Camp Fire Gulf Wind, Inc. will support anti-bullying efforts by using our I'm Peer Proof program one hour a week with our Camp Fire kids starting this October. Role-playing, honest discussion and communication tools will all help us learn to how to prevent, or deal with, bullying. 

#ConflictResolution will be the theme for our social media posts all month. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out what YOU can do to help kids find their spark, lift their voice and discover who they are! 

Lights On Afterschool is October 26

Help us celebrate the great things we do after school! 
Camp Fire joins more than 8,000 communities and 1 million Americans in celebrating afterschool programs for this year's Lights On Afterschool on October 26, 2017! This nationwide event, organized by the Afterschool Alliance, is sponsored in part by Camp Fire’s national organization. Lights On Afterschool calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open. Camp Fire Gulf Wind, Inc. is proud to be a Lights On Afterschool partner. 

Too many American children—19.4 million—are missing out on afterschool opportunities. We will participate in Lights On Afterschool and help call attention to this important issue.

Camp Fire Gulf Wind will celebrate at each facility. For example, at Century, the theme for Camp Fire Century’s Lights on Afterschool is Blacklights on Afterschool; Glowing with Excitement!!! With glowing jello, cupcakes, and crafts like Neon Pumpkin Painting and decorating glow in the dark T-Shirts, Glow Tape Dance and Glow Ring Toss games, it is sure to be fun! 

Day Care Pensacola, Century & Milton, FL

Another Great Year!

FY 2016-2017 Review
Dear Colleagues, Friends, Youth and Families,

As I write this to reflect on the past fiscal year July 2016-June 2017, it is with satisfaction in work well done. More important, I am proud of our Organization for stepping up to challenges and meeting them.

July 2016-June 2017 was a year of achievements and continued focus on achieving results critical for our success. A few of our highlights included:
  • Camp Fire Gulf Wind, Inc. was awarded two grants. The Thrive{ology} foundation through New York Life provided training and the Inter Action program to employ our proven methodology for helping youth to thrive.
  • In an age of too few system resources, we increased efficiencies through streamlined processes. This resulted in measurable increases in productivity.
  • Three Summer Camps provided fun and new skills for kids in two Northwest Florida counties. Through Camp Fire's Trail to Environment and Wise Old Willie programs, Camp Fire Camps continued to show growth each year.
  • The VPK program for 4-year-olds continued to grow. The program is designed for children to have fun learning and prepare their future. Camp Fire is committed to our Promise to help youth lift their voices and shape the world, to light the fire within and help them develop to their fullest potential.
Yes, July 2016-June 2017 was a great year! And as we launched into June 2017-July 2018, our commitment to increase our positive influence and serve more youth and families has never been stronger. Of course, we are still on a journey. Much work remains.

Though Camp Fire values have not fundamentally changed since our Organization was founded in 1910, our society, our youth, and our families have. Marching forward as one unified Organization, Camp Fire is ready to keep the fire within.
Thank you for your continued support

La-Vonne Haven
Executive Dir/CEO
Camp Fire Gulf Wind, Inc.

Day Care Pensacola, Century & Milton, FL

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®

Camp Fire Gulf Wind, Inc. will hold its 20th annual Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® on Thursday, March 15, 2018.  We invite local businesses, organizations, colleges, high school faculty and students, churches and individuals to write thoughtful and inspiring letters to children in the local schools. Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III was the 2015 spokesperson and encouraged everyone to write letters to kids. More than 1,200 letters were delivered to two local schools and three Camp Fire Centers. The letters brought smiles to a lot of young faces.  We thank those who wrote encouraging messages to students in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.  

You don’t want to miss out letter-writing extravaganza next February. You will be able to write a letter (or letters!) to an absolutely incredible kid right there! We will be sure it is delivered!  We will have local celebrities and organizations out to share in the fun, so save the date! 

Summer Camp Pensacola, Century & Milton, FL
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