In 2014, Blue Star Camps and Camp Judaea, both Green Camps members, launched Conservation Generation, a faith-based water-saving program to encourage their camp communities to use water wisely. Working with GabiH2O, a water conservation company, and Joanne Zygmunt, of Green Camps, the camps integrated Jewish values and tradition with water-saving fun and education.
Camps set out to achieve the following:
Both camps implemented several water-themed activities, games, and competitions, and used a variety of supplemental tools like fun shower timers, motivating behavior change posters, singing toothbrushes, and paintable rain barrels. Campers explored water-saving through the visual arts, creating their own public service announcements (see example below) and art installations. Blue Star Camps also fitted efficient shower heads, faucet aerators, light bulbs, and other upgrades.
Overall, camps saved at least 340,000 gallons of water. Other measured outcomes included the following:
Camps also learned that their staff (96%) and camper parents (97%) overwhelmingly agreed that camp was an appropriate place to teach water conservation.
What did the camps learn?