Empowering camps, inspiring campers.

There are about 30,000 camps across the country, engaging more than 14 million youth and adults every year. At Green Camps, we’ve experienced the transformative power of camp. Imagine the impact if the camping community joined together in reducing their environmental impact and inspiring the next generation of eco-leaders?

Through the Strategic Planning Process, we refined our core ideology, which is expressed in our mission, vision, and values.

Together, these help us stay true and act with purpose.

We empower camps to reduce their environmental impact and inspire the next generation of eco-leaders.

In our future, every camp is a steward of our natural environment. The camping community has gone above and beyond minimizing their environmental impact to proactively manage their lands for environmental resilience. Campers of all ages are coming away from their camping experiences feeling inspired and empowered. They’re living green every day, and sharing their excitement and learning with family and friends.

STEWARDSHIP – While empowering camps to reduce their environmental impact, we're also doing the same in our organization and as individuals. EMPOWERMENT – We go beyond quick-fixes to empower camps and campers to navigate their own ways toward sustainability. COLLABORATION – We can do more together, so we collaborate whenever possible, complement rather than duplicate, and leverage collective genius. FUN – We take an educational entertainment approach to programing. IMPACT – We plan the impact we want to have, figure out how best to achieve it, collect information, evaluate work, communicate findings, and apply learning.

What we do

Our approach is practical, educational, and fun. We work with all kinds of camps, from summer sleep-away camps to year-round day camps, RV parks, campgrounds, and sites, and even nature and retreat centers.


Improving a camp's ability to withstand shocks like floods and droughts and nurture a healthy natural environment


Ensuring buildings and facilities are energy and water efficient, and using other natural resources sustainably


Helping camps operate with sustainability in mind through policy, procurement, and everyday practice


Inspiring the next generation of eco-leaders through fun and engaging educational youth programs

Join us in our mission!

“Ready to take action? Local action counts and now, more than ever, is the time. Camp is the perfect place to foster love of the natural world and to develop the skills needed to take care of it. There are many ways to support Green Camps as we empower camps and inspire campers to go green: become a member, donate today, or partner with us. Onwards!”

— Danny Sudman, Executive Director and Founder