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"Camp means a lot to these girls. If we take a stand on environmental issues, we hope that they will too. Change is hard for people. Especially when you are working to change habits." But Cadman has seen positive change over the last couple of years. He believes the edu- cation and outreach will make a big difference in both the long and short term. With a core value of simplicity, 2013 marks the 74th year of Farm and Wilderness' operations. For the past four years, the camp has measured its impact on the environment through a greenhouse gas assessment. With six camps and campuses, Executive Director Pieter Bohen shared that the information collected as part of the assessment was quite sobering. "When I first took the job seven years ago, I thought, how wonderful, the camps are almost the same as when I was a camper." This observation soon became a challenge. Farm and Wilderness is about to embark on a capital campaign, and some of these funds will be directed towards energy-saving upgrades. The camp plans to have year-round greenhouses to produce food in a fash- ion that is about as local as it gets. Their organic farm already produces 80 percent of their milk and last year nearly nine tons of organic veg- etables were grown on site. Although this work is not without challenges, camps that support green initiatives are thriving. Enrollment numbers have increased, as more families seek out camps that offer environmental and nature-based programs. And what a wonderful form of reciprocity it is. As renowned environmentalist David Orr aptly states, "When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves." 118 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 top left: The recycle station at Camp Huckins; top right: Camp Compost at Camp Huckins; bottom right: Campers proudly display vegetables grown in the gardens at Camp Huckins P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F C A M P H U C K I N S RESOURCES: n FARM AND WILDERNESS www.farmandwilderness.org n AMERICAN CAMP ASSOCIATION www.acacamps.org n EDEN VILLAGE www.edenvillagecamp.org n CAMP HUCKINS www.camphuckins.com 112-118_WWMa14_green summer camps_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 2/2/14 12:13 PM Page 118

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