National Art Experience

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The purposes of the Camp Fire National Art Experience are to enable youth to explore art as a career or hobby and to encourage their creativity. Young people in any Camp Fire programs — such as summer camp, enrichment classes, classic club, or teen service and leadership — may participate in the National Art Experience. Participants have the option to choose from several activities, which may be completed individually or as a group.

Camp Fire has been conducting the National Art Experience (formerly National Art Competition) since 1973. This experience recognizes and encourages creativity, excellence, and innovation in the arts. An art experience provides a special opportunity for youth to be creative and receive recognition for their efforts. This project was designed with rules. Judging guidelines are similar to those of art experiences held annually by the American Crafts Council and related professional art programs.

The Camp Fire National Art Experience provides encouragement for individuals to pursue art as a career as well as providing an avenue for youth to explore new interests, ideas, self-expression, and their sparks. Artists should be encouraged to express their own ideas and to persist with their work until it is exactly the way they want to present those ideas.

The objectives of this experience are to help youth:

  • Increase personal creativity.
  • Increase competency in, and learn the appropriate application of, the art medium.
  • Gain greater self-awareness (for example, a sense of identity and self-esteem).
  • Become more aware of and reflect on their sparks.
  • Become more aware of different cultures.
  • Make choices and plan sequentially.
  • Experience a range of art forms.
  • Develop skills and find outlets for personal expression.
  • Consider related careers and lifetime interests.