WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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emotional health of children and adults." This book not only sparked a national debate, but also spawned an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. In The Nature Principle, Louv sug- gests, "we are entering the most creative period in history… in fact, the twenty-first century will be the era of human restoration in the natural world." Just as humans seek out nature for healing, there is an ever-increasing green movement to lessen the impact that humans have on the environment. "Going green" is a popular term used to describe the process of changing one's lifestyle for the safety and benefit of the environment. People or organizations that "go green" make decisions about their day-to-day interactions, while considering the impact of those decisions and how they might contribute to loss of habitat, pollution, climate change, and other environmental concerns. Executive Director of the American Camp Association, New England, Bette Bussel highlights this trend as it relates to the camp industry: "Summer camps have always been on the forefront of being green. They have been leaders in land preservation, minimizing water usage, and energy conservation over the last century and a half. Camps today are not only teaching environmental stewardship, but they are taking 'greening' to a whole new level. With powerful role models and solid curricula, campers get to live more closely with the Earth than they do at any other time of the year." More and more camps see the summer experience as an opportunity to create a living laboratory for their campers. "Whether campers are harvesting organic greens from the camp garden, minimizing food waste, eating from dishes that have been cleaned by a solar-powered dishwasher, clearing trails or waterways, getting around using muscle power instead of gas power, or finding unique and authentic ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, they are learning ways of being green that will bene- fit their families, schools, communities, and the world. We say that camp gives kids a world of good. Camps give the world a world of good, too. Greening at camp is one very significant way," says Bussel. Although relatively new to the camp world, Eden Village, located in Putnam Valley, New York is wasting no time and very few resources in their greening efforts. Founded in 2010, the camp has already installed solar panels on the Director's house, utilized a rain barrel system to water the organic gardens, and purchased a back-up generator that runs on vegetable-based oil. When asked about their various initiatives, Gregory Lawrence, the camp's Site Manager responded, "We want to 114 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 Where Simplicity Matters Most Looking for a camp experience closer to home? Visit the following websites for infor- mation about day camps in the local area: n APPLEWILD SUMMER CAMP Fitchburg www.applewild.org/SummerPrograms n CHARLES RIVER CREATIVE ARTS CAMP Dover www.crcap.org n CONCORD ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP Concord www.concordacademy.org/camp n DEXTER SOUTHFIELD SUMMER CAMPS Brookline www.dextersouthfield.org/summer n EVERWOOD DAY CAMP Sharon www.EverwoodDayCamp.com n MEADOWBROOK DAY CAMP Weston www.daycamp.meadowbrook-ma.org n NOBLES DAY CAMP Dedham www.noblesdaycamp.org n SUMMER FENN DAY CAMP Concord www.fenn.org/summerfenn left: Camp Eden Village's back-up generator runs on vegetable-based oil; right: Campers interact with goats as part of Camp Huckins' environmental education program P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F C A M P E D E N ( L E F T ) A N D C A M P H U C K I N S ( R I G H T ) 112-118_WWMa14_green summer camps_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 2/2/14 12:12 PM Page 114

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