- Author: Sam Urie
4-H members, FARM SMART and DREC staff, and CalFresh staff met again today to further discuss next summer's "Sustainable You!" camp to be held at DREC. 4-H members elected officers to take on responsibilities of the camp and further their leadership skills. Participants today delved deeper into the curriculum and tried out an activity called "The Importance of Water". Participants discovered just how little precious freshwater is available for use. The next meeting will be held September 10th.
- Author: Sam Urie
Staff at DREC and Imperial County Cooperative Extension are teaming up to deliver "Sustainable You!", a five-day summer camp designed by Dr. Roslynn Brain of Utah State University. Each day of the camp has a theme: Land, Air, Energy, Water, and Food. DREC staff attended a train-the-trainer workshop put on by Dr. Brain earlier this year at Hansen REC in Ventura County, CA. (For more information about Hansen REC's recent camp, click here)
On July 1st, 4-H members, their parents, and DREC and UCCE staff met to brainstorm ideas, discuss fundraising, and pass on the vision for the camp to the 4-H senior (high school) members who will become the camp counselors and directors through guidance from DREC and UCCE staff.
With contributions from all participants, the camp has a tentative launch date of June 15-19 of 2015 with DREC as the host site. Ideas such as trips to local recycling centers, the Salton Sea, geothermal plants, and many others were discussed as a way of incorporating local Valley resources into the camp. The 4-H youth are excited; one high school senior just finished a course on sustainability and is motivated to pass on his knowledge to the camp's target audience of 4th-6th graders. 4-H, CalFresh, and FARM SMART/DREC staff will reconvene August 5th to continue the process and begin training the 4-H members and dividing responsibilities.
Find out more about sustainability efforts HERE.