Camp has a Green Thumb

The Painted Turtle is one of seven SeriousFun camps in three countries that participated in the Alcoa Foundation Good and Green Fellowship Program this summer. This grant program provides college students who are studying environmental sciences or have interests in sustainability and nature to be part of a specialized summer employment at camp.

Each Alcoa fellow was hired for the summer as camp staff and cabin counselors. In addition to their regular camp duties, the Alcoa Fellows took on a leadership roles as they developed and implemented nature-related programming for the campers. These programs helped ensure the sustainability of camp and its operations while adding an educational component for campers through various types of creative experiences, lessons or displays. Projects included innovative approaches, such as recycling and re-purposing used materials to create projects in our Discovery & Nature Program, friendly competitions among cabins to improve sustainable operations and decrease waste at camp – points were tracked on a “Motherboard” in the Dining Hall, and utilizing natural and organic materials around camp environment, including the use of produce from Uncle Billy’s Orchard and the creation of a worm farm at Paul’s Fishing Hole. At the end of the summer, the Alcoa Fellows culminated their projects to share their findings and proposals for ongoing sustainability with camp leaders.

2011 Hemophilia Summer Session, August 4-9 (64)LPA Fishing June 13-18, 2014 (15)

We would like to give a big standing “O”vation to our 12 Alcoa Fellows for their hard work over the summer and their dedication to green practices at camp.

Special Diagnoses July 1-5, 2014 Fishing -Jennifer  (11)Blake Becker
Megan Casady
Jennifer Chen
Ariel “Bubba” Diehl
James Irving
Kristiann Kassay
Megan Melville
Sienna Moffitt
Christie Owens
Emily Rodgers
Molly Rohan
Claire Wilkins

We are so grateful to the Alcoa Foundation for its support of The Painted Turtle through this environmental initiative. Through this grant, we were able to provide important leadership experiences to promising college students and recent graduates, as well as support the personal growth of our campers and the long-term sustainability efforts of our camp operations.