Happy Earth Day Everyone! Even tough today marks the official "Earth Day" celebration, for summer camps and summer camp operators, every day is Earth Day.
One of the standard definitions of a summer camp is the program and activities take place outdoors. Therefore, camp directors are keenly aware and strive to impart upon kids the potential impact their programs, activities, and actions can have on the environment. And that's why, as you contemplate camp opportunities for your kids this year, we hope you'll choose a camp that practices "Leave no Trace" principles and ethics and imparts these to its campers.
According to Wikipedia, Leave No Trace "is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski or climb."
For kids at camp, this means properly disposing of trash and waste, recycling bottles and cans, minimizing the impact of campfires, respecting wildlife, and leaving nature in its place.
Check out this wonderful video about the Leave No Trace program produced by the National Park Service, and again, Happy Earth Day!