Green Camps Certification

Greening your camp doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process.  The Green Camps Certification was created to support Green Camps Members in laying the foundation to establish a framework for what sustainability means and looks like at your camp.

The online community will guide you through the steps as well as give you access to additional resources to complete your certification.  You will also be able to collaborate with other camps and Green Camps Staff to support you through the steps to complete your Green Camps Certification.



A 5 step process that builds a framework for what sustainability means and looks like at your organization.

Step 1 – Create a Green Team

A team leader and team members will facilitate staff and campers through the process of “greening your camp” while creating a culture that embraces these new practices.

Documentation Requirements

  • Roster of Green Team members
  • Statement of Organizational commitment to sustainability
  • Notes from Green Team Meetings


Step 2 – Green Camps Conservation Policy

Developing conservation policies will help set expectations for the role campers and staff can play in supporting a culture of sustainability at your camp.

Documentation Requirements

  • List of Conservation Policies
  • List of policy goals and desired outcomes
  • List of agreed upon roles and responsibilities of Green Team Members
  • Educational material to educate and enforce policies (Examples: Signage, Website page, Parent and Camper Materials, etc.)


Step 3 – Green Audit 

Answer questions about energy, water, waste and office conservation to begin establishing a baseline and learn more about the opportunities for implementing green actions.

Documentation Requirements

  • Completed audit survey submitted through the Green Camps Community


Step 4 – Implement Green Actions

We’ve put together a few ideas for green actions that are supported by the resources we’re developing to simplify the process of modeling sustainability at your camp.

Documentation Requirements

  • Images/Video documentation of Green Action


Step 5 – Share

Share your experience and lessons learned from the sustainable initiative you chose to implement.  By sharing your experience in implementing your green actions, you will be contributing to an ever expanding library of the challenges and successes of a great diversity of green actions being taken at camps around the country.

Documentation Requirements

  • Share videos, images, write-ups and other information to highlight your initiative.