Climate Camp 2019
We’ve just completed another Climate Camp season, and it was a doozy! I’m happy to report we tried out some new features that were quite successful. Our mission is to continue to revise our programming to meet the needs of our campers, who range in age from 6 on up to 18.
We are fortunate to work with extraordinary partners, who help make our Climate Camp experience rich and deep and fun. When you address the climate crisis with kids, it’s important to include art and advocacy along with the science, so we can match the urgency of climate change with actions that feel significant enough to avoid the hopelessness so often experienced otherwise.
Our camps are based at The Peace Learning Center in Eagle Creek Park, so we in the middle of nature. We hire professional teachers who help ground our work in established curriculum. We rely on partners like The Nature Conservancy, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Indy Urban Acres, Dr. Brian Plankis, White Pine Wilderness Academy and many others.
Our Climate Camp meals are always vegan, and while we sometimes fix our own lunches (thanks to produce grown at Indy Urban Acres), we rely on two businesses to bring our campers delicious vegan meals: Vegesaurus and Mrs. Murry’s Naturals.
This year, we had theme-oriented camp weeks. Week One was animals; Week Two was food justice. We focused on those general issues, while leaving wiggle room for campers’ other passions to emerge.
Now on to the report!
There is so much more to share, but I’ll close there, other than to say THANK YOU to the funders who made this camp possible: Summer Youth Program Fund, Indianapolis Foundation and National Farmers Union.