2014 Summer Camp Tour

Share Your Story

Once you’ve explored the ideas and stories in this resource guide, we want to hear from you. What challenges has your council overcome? How have you made your service center or camp more sustainable? What impact have you had on the triple bottom line? Complete this form to share your stories with us and your…

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Zach Carson, Sustainability Scout

During the summer of 2014, sustainability expert Zach Carson visited some 40 Boy Scout camps to explore how they are becoming more sustainable. On his blog, which you can read here, Zach reported on a range of topics, including operations, infrastructure, impact, programming, fundraising, and partnerships.

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The End of Sustainable Camp Tour 2014

I visited all four high adventure bases, three council offices, and more than 30 Scout camps across the country. Stepping into this role, I was not sure how people would respond to me or the task I represented. Many of the people I met on my journey viewed sustainability through a holistic approach and identified it as an…

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Farm-to-Table

Food gives us and our kids the energy needed to sustain throughout the day. I want to encourage camps to serve healthy local, fresh, and organic food whenever possible, and to develop partnerships with local farms to assist in this mission. Not only will the food taste better, but it will be healthier and support local community farmers…

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Recommended Reading

In order to provide the best experience to the more than three million Scouts that go through the BSA program every year, it is important for our adult volunteers and camps to understand the issues relevant to Scouts today, how our society has come into the environmental challenges we face, and creative solutions people all over the world…

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Utilizing Small Scale Solar at Camps

When most people think about solar power, they think about large rooftops covered in panels. But, solar power does not have to be a huge installation project to be effective. There are all sorts of functions that small, off-the-grid solar power systems can provide to remote locations at Scout camps. Camp Frontier at Pioneer Scout Reservation in…

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It’s All about Signage

Reducing landfill waste at camps takes the commitment and cooperation of Scouts and leaders alike. In order to reduce landfill waste, proper recycling receptacles for compost, paper, plastic, and glass are needed. The receptacles, along with education of camp staff and participants to use the proper bins and creative strategies regarding the transportation and end-use once it’s separated, is…

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Radiant Heat

Being back on the East Coast with its wooded hills, summer humidity, lightning bugs, and home-grown vibe always leaves me with a relaxed, at-home feeling. The drive to Blue Ridge Scout Reservation in Pulaski County, Virginia was amazing, particularly because the Blue Ridge highway is one of my favorite drives in the country. Once I arrived, I…

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Transportation, the Fossil Free Way

One thing I loved about visiting so many camps this summer was exploring their vast properties on ATVs, golf carts, and off-roading trucks. Many of the camps I visited use gas-powered golf carts to get around their property. Unfortunately, golf carts can create unwanted noise, emissions, and are a significant cost to fuel. Some camps have taken a…

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COPE Courses and Conference Centers

As I mentioned in previous posts, BSA camps are in the process of expanding their user base. Many BSA camps across the country are beginning to invest in and expand their COPE program, with both high-ropes and low-ropes courses. COPE stands for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience, and helps individuals overcome personal challenges and groups improve leadership and…

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