In April of 2011 I had the opportunity to present at the Spring Leadership Conference, put on by the Socal/Hawaii Region of the American Camp Association (ACA) in Palm Springs. I knew I wanted to bring some of the lessons I had learned through my years at an environmental education program to the camp community. With this goal in mind I created a resource which would provide camps the tools and guidelines to implement green initiatives into their camps. The experiences of sharing these ideas with camp professionals has begun a long journey to bring sustainable solutions to camps.
I continue to present at conferences and share my passion to implement this initiative. After receiving so much positive interest from the camp community this website seemed like a logical next step to outline the many aspects of what and how GCI hopes to accomplish it’s goals.
I continue to stay active with the ACA as an Associate Visitor, conference chair to OctoberWest 2014 and committee member of the Spring Leadership Conference.
My parents supported the outcome of summer camp and sent both my brother and I to YMCA Camp Hanes in King, NC. I was a camper for 5 years then entered leadership training programs to give me the resources to live out my dream to become a counselor! I spent 11 summers at YMCA Camp Hanes around fun, supportive, and positive role models learning much of what shapes the person I’ve become today.
After graduating college in 2006, I longed for adventure and after a google search I came across Catalina Island Camps (CIC). I was given the opportunity to join the leadership team and manage the challenge course program. I have continued to grow in this role and am currently the Outback Director overseeing the garden, challenge and target sports programs. Working at CIC in conjunction with the positive experiences I’ve had at camp opened up the potential for a career in this field.
After my first summer with Catalina Island Camps I was encouraged to apply for the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) operated by CIC. My time at “CELP University” provided me an unparalleled educational experience covering a large span of topics and skills revolving around the principles of ecology and sustainability. I can’t emphasis enough how vital the past six years as a staff member for this program was in providing me the foundation to implement the Green Camps Initiative.
Please check out the CELP website to learn more about the program concepts which were originally developed by Jean Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society and Dr. Richard Murphy.
“The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who, for 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs.”
With the support of Catalina Island Camps attending ACA events has provided me with opportunities in the following areas to help in my professional development.
- Accreditation and Standards Practices
- Training Sessions