Heartland Camps - Parkville, Missouri and Olathe, Kansas
I met Michael Mcgraw at the Campminder conference in Denver, CO last winter when he attended one of my education sessions called "playing with sustainability". I was able to connect with Michael and set up a green camps visit to Heartland Camps.
Starting the journey towards defining your camp as "sustainable" can be a challenging feat, but once we become clear on how to adjust our perspective to see the world through a lens of sustainability the solutions will begin flow. Heartland Camps mission states that, "Among our high energy activities is the foundation and passion to live out our vision of being a place where relationships are built and lives are impacted in a Christ-centered environment." Michael and I discussed how the ideas of creationism as seen through Heartland Camp provide a clear connection to the role of sustainability. By connecting sustainability to the mission of your organization it is easier to adopt and manage sustainable systems. I look forward to continue learning more about sustainability in religion to provide religious affiliated camps with an approach that matches their ideology.
Michael and I also discussed the development of an Environmental Education program for Heartland Camps. Many camp facilities operate during the fall and spring to serve school, church and other community groups with outdoor education. While Heartland Camps has brought in pieces of outdoor education curriculum the problem is that there isn't a clear sense of purpose. The "So What!" The activities and efforts of Green Camps Initiative will help any camp build a foundation for sustainability that reflects their needs. By designing sustainable systems as a reflection of the desires and resources of a camp, an educational focus can be acquired.
How will the use of a sustainable lens allow your camp to develop your camp program and facility to facilitate educational learning opportunities is the area of sustainability?
Donate to the Sustainable Camps Road Trip.
Your donations will help cover basic expenses for the trip including meals, camping reservations and trees that will be planted to offset the carbon emissions resulting from the 4,250 miles driven during the tour.