Every March the country comes to life to celebrate women and their history, achievements, and contributions to culture throughout time around the world. We at Camp Fire seek to help bring Women’s History Month to life by teaching kids about fantastic women from history and today. By learning about these role models and connecting with their experiences, youths can be inspired to break down barriers and face life’s challenges empowered with the courage and grit of the women who came before them and continue to influence the world around them.
To celebrate and commemorate Women’s History, we want to provide the opportunity for clubs, leaders, and members to engage and connect around the topic – and there is so much for you to do! Whether it’s having a simple conversation, an exciting outing, a personalized craft, we want to provide the opportunity for all Camp Fire members to come together, complete activities, and earn our feature emblem of the month below!
Camp Fire Spark of the Month
In honor of Women’s History month, our council logo has been skinned to reflect the value and meanings of the symbolic colors that we see around us from other groups, organizations, and movements. This reflects our own desire to support women, celebrate their accomplishments, and look forward to the growth and opportunities that the future will bring.
What do the colors mean?
The primary color associated with Women’s History Month may often times be pink, but traditionally has been represented by the colors purple, green, and white (and/or gold). But what does that mean? Each of the colors represents a different concept that is intrinsic to Women’s History, and primarily are tied to the Women’s Suffragette movement from 1840-1920, where women across the country worked together to collectively demand and be given the right to vote in the United States.
Purple represents the collective quest for freedom for women and gender equality for all, with loyalty to the cause and fellow women who may not have the same opportunities and equality.
Green represents new beginnings and growth – as women continue to work towards equality, we celebrate all of their groundbreaking accomplishments, glass ceilings shattered, and the opportunities that newly exist because of the women who came before us.
WHITE (GOLD): Equality
White represents the purity of truth, equality, and freedom that women in the past, present, and future work towards every day, without compromise.
Activity Suggestion: Take a moment to share this spark with your group. What does it mean to you? Do any of the colors mean more than the others? If you could design the spark of the month, what color would it be – and why?
Feature Emblem of the Month
This month’s feature emblem is “Women Make History”, and can be earned by registered Camp Fire Members by completing three activities centered around Women’s History and the influence and contributions of women either from the lists and suggestions below, or custom/personalized activities crafted by club leaders or members.
Submit your activity list with your monthly reflection on the theme to JosieK@campfireseattle.org – and don’t forget to share photos of your experience for other groups to be inspired and empowered by!
Recommended Camp Fire Activities
General – All Ages
Tell Your Story!
- Activity 1: Explore your family tree and discover the women that came before you – choose one and tell their story to the rest of your group.
- Activity 2: Write your own autobiography! As a woman of the future, your story matters! Write it down and share it with others.
Send a Letter
- Activity 1: Send a thank you note to a woman who has influenced you, your life, and your community.
- Activity 2: Send a letter to your future self – what do you want to make sure your future self knows? What do you want to say to them?
Reflect & Discuss
- Think of women you know who have changed the world or that you look up to or respect– who are they? What did/do they do? How do you want to be like them?
Celebrate International Women’s Day
- Host a get together, viewing party, craft day, or join a local march in your area!
Visit a Virtual Exhibition
Get started with this free download of open-source materials including coloring pages, posters, and worksheets for you to print and use. Download here!
Little Stars (Grades Pre-K)
Access the Curriculum Guide for Little Stars on the Member Resource Portal
Trail to Creativity – Puppet Friends – Create and Pretend
- Make puppets representing female accomplishments throughout history and show them in action.
- Examples: Pilot (Amelia Earhart), Scientist (Marie Curie), Astronaut (Valentina Tereshkova, Sally Ride), Doctor (Elizabeth Blackwell), Judge (Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader-Ginsburg), Zoologist (Jane Goodall), and more!
Trail to Creativity – Creative Collages – Arts & Crafts
- Get creative while looking at pictures of women throughout history.
- Create a poster together of important women throughout history and/or in your life now – create a collage together of their photos and accomplishments.
Trail to the Future – Just Plane Fun – Transportation
- Learn about planes and flight!
- Learn about different planes over time, make a small model airplane, and talk about the first female pilots like Blanche Stuart Scott, Amelia Earhart, and Harriet Quimby.
Starflight (Grades K-2)
Access the Curriculum Guide for Starflight on the Member Resource Portal
Trail to Knowing Me – My Best Self – All About Me Poster: Unique Self Portrait
- Create your very own self-portrait with an abstract twist after looking at influential female artists.
- Renowned Women Artists: Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, Hilma af Klint, Augusta Savage, Shirin Neshat, and more!
Trail to Creativity – Just Imagine – Let’s Make Some Music
- Create a tambourine and learn about making beats and music!
- Listen to music written, produced, and/or performed by women throughout history
- Famous Female Musicians: Dolly Parton, Carole King, Lakshmi Shankar, Patty Smith, Diana Ross, Madonna, Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin, Angela Morley, and many many more!
Trail to the Environment – Wilderness – 4 Habitat
- Learn about animal habitats and what types of animals live there in a fun and interactive way.
- Discuss Jane Goodall and her research and influence on zoology and the world.
Adventure (Grades 3-5)
Access the Curriculum Guide for Adventure on the Member Resource Portal
Trail to Creativity – Art with the Masters: Frida Kahlo
- Learn about Frida Kahlo’s life and look at some of her self-portraits, then create your own self portrait based on her style!
Fun Fact! Frida Kahlo was the first to make selfies and is sometimes referred to as “the mother of selfies”
Trail to the Environment – Environmental Stewards: I Can Do Something
- Read a story or watch a video about individuals who made a difference in their natural community and make a plan to make a difference in yours
- Choose a book or video created/written by or about an influential women
- Book Suggestions: Humphrey the Last Whale by Wendy Tokuda, I am Jane Goodall by Brad Meltzer
- Video Suggestion: School Strike for Climate – Save the World by Changing the Rules by Greta Thunberg
Trail to the Future – Gettin’ Gritty: Insane Inventions
- Brainstorm issues you would like to solve and come up with an invention that would help with it
- Famous Female Inventors: Maria Telkes (Solar Panels), Valerie Thomas (3D movies), Nancy Johnson (Ice cream maker), Lynn Conway (microchips), Maria Beasley (the inflatable life raft), Elizabeth “Lizzie” Magie (Monopoly), and more!
Discovery, Horizon, & Torchbearer (Grades 6-12)
Access the Curriculum Guide for Discovery, Horizon, & Torchbearer on the Member Resource Portal
Our teenage members are empowered to identify and create their own activities. The Discovery, Horizon, and Torchbearer curriculum books are filled with ideas and suggestions on how to bring important concepts to life, and Teen Leaders can be inspired to create their own group activities as well.
Share your recommendations with one another, partner with other groups, and explore women’s history (and future!) together!
A great place to start a conversation or activity can be around some of our favorite movies and songs, books we read, or fun videos we can watch together. Here is a list of recommended videos, websites, movies and TV, music, and books that you can engage around with your family, friends, and clubs for Women’s History Month!
“Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé
“Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys
“Just Like Fire” by P!nk
“Let ‘Em Say” by Lizzo and Caroline Smith
“I Am Woman” by Jordin Sparks
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles
“My Own Drum” (remix), performed by Ynairaly Simo, featuring Missy Elliott
“Rebel Girl,” performed by The Linda Lindas
Movies & TV
Hidden Figures (Age 10+)
The Miracle Worker (Age 10+)
Ruby Bridges (Age 10+)
A League of Their Own (Age 10+)
Legally Blonde (Age 13+)
Enola Holmes (Age 12+)
Little Women (Age 11+)
I Am Greta (Age 10+)
Brave (Age 8+)
Encanto (Age 6+)
Wonder Woman (Age 12+)
Captain Marvel (Age 10+)
Mulan (Age 5+)
Moana (Age 5+)
(TV) Diary of a Future President (Age 10+)
Quotes for Women’s History Month
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” – Malala Yousafzai
“I would like to be remembered as someone who was not afraid to do what she wanted to do, and as someone who took risks along the way in order to achieve her goals.” – Sally Ride
“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” – Serena Williams
Explore more: 100 Quotes from 100 Extraordinary Women
Read and write some of these quotes with your group. Which quote is their favorite, and why? Do they have other quotes that they enjoy?
Quote Yourself! Write down something that you say that is inspiring or motivates you, and turn it into a poster! Can’t think of a quote? Think of the women in your life that you admire and respect, quote them instead! (It doesn’t have to be a “real” woman – it can be a woman from a book, movie, or TV show too!)