August 2018 – Camp Kawartha

August 2018 – Camp Kawartha

We are very pleased to have Camp Kawartha as our feature community group for August 2018.  Please read below, and find out about all the good things going on.

Camp Kawartha’s Vision:

IMAGINE A FUTURE where we raise engaged stewards – citizens who care for each other and the earth we share…

Simeon Ogonda, a Kenyan Youth worker once mused:  instead of asking what kind of world we are leaving for our kids, we should ask what kind of kids we are leaving for our world.  Environmental Education is a community-wide responsibility.  As the saying goes, “it takes a village.” 

At Camp Kawartha, we are taking a leadership role in fostering stewardship in children and adults of all ages.  The word “stewardship” means “the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving.”  To us, there are few things as important as protecting and enhancing the living systems that sustain and nurture us all.  Not just for us, but for future generations.  And now it is time for us to take the next step.

With your help, we are about to embark on a remarkable journey. Our goal is to become recognized as an national leader in environmental education, and be a place where we can promote nature connection and teach children and adults the skills to enjoy the outdoors for the rest of their lives; a place where we engage in simple acts of green; where we teach educators, parents and community leaders about best practices in environmental education; and a place where we can showcase innovative sustainable design. It is time to replace our older buildings (many are coming to the end of their useful life). They are energy inefficient and were not built for four seasons. This is an opportunity for us to demonstrate the very best in sustainable building practices.

By teaching action skills, leadership skills and nature awareness, we hope to seed the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders.

It comes down to this….  If we want to empower our children, we need to inspire them.  That can only be accomplished by bearing witness to innovative sustainable living in action.  Every renovation and addition that will come to fruition through our “Branching Out for a Sustainable Future” Campaign will be a teaching tool to show what is possible in sustainable design.  

Camp Kawartha is seeking to build one of the first fully certified “Living Buildings” in Canada as a response to the “Living Building Challenge,” the most rigorous, proven performance green standard for buildings. People from around the world use this regenerative design framework to create spaces that, like a flower, give more than they take.  Each petal represents a sustainability element that can serve as a teaching tool.  Petals include net positive energy, limits to growth, net positive water, creating a biophilic environment, universal access to nature and net positive waste among many others. 

To find out more, or if you want to help – visit www.campkawartha.ca

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