As we shift our focus from summer camps to the new school year, it’s time to reflect back on all our amazing summer programs. From family programs at the community garden and community hikes to all our adventurous camps around northern Nevada, it was an action packed summer full of fun, friendship, new experience and service!
When planning all of our summer camps, it is important for us as an organization to instill in our youth participants a love for the natural world as well as an ethic of stewardship and service in the outdoors to ensure that the beautiful landscapes that surround them are well cared for.
The 2017 summer camp season was a huge success for NOS. We ran a total of seven summer camps across Northern Nevada, all of which had a stewardship component. Depending on the age group, stewardship projects ranged in intensity from picking up trash to spreading wood chips, and even an extensive campground clean-up which included cleaning out fire pits, clearing invasive plants, and trimming back overgrowth which was blocking signage and walk ways. Through stewardship projects, we hope that campers will develop a sense of ownership for these areas, and thus will be more likely to continue to care for the land in the future.
Like all of our programs, the success of our summer camp programs relies heavily on the funding we receive that year. In 2017, NOS was fortunate to get funding from several sources including the Frontier Community Coalition, the Nevada Mulley’s, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NV Bighorn and NV Chukkar, as well as the Disney Summer of Service Grant. Without these sources of funding, the projects completed during NOS summer camps simply would not have been possible.
We would like to give a VERY BIG THANK YOU to Disney Summer of Service and all our other funders for helping us to fulfill our vision of a society where no child born will be the last to be inspired by the natural world!
-Space Jam and Jive