There are many different opportunities for campers at Clearwater Forest, and we are constantly expanding our horizons to offer new niche summer camps. Last year, Clearwater partnered with the Science Museum of Minnesota to develop programming for Eco Camp, a week filled with exploration of all corners of Clearwater’s woods and waters. Campers learned about local ecology, participated in hands-on activities to better the lake environment and still got to have fun doing the classic activities that make summer camp so much fun. We’re bringing Eco Camp back for a second year and here are all the reasons your camper should sign up!
1. Learn About the Lake Environment
With hands-on activities like building widdle-waddles to protect the shoreline of Clearwater Lake, campers will learn first-hand about the delicate ecosystem surrounding the lake and all its inhabitants.
2. Upcycling is the new Recycling
We’ve been taught most of our lives to recycle, recycle, recycle, but upcycling is the newest trend of turning something old into something new so you can actually get more use out of it. Eco Campers will learn to upcycle by turning everyday items into works of art during arts & crafts time.
3. Enjoying the Wildlife
With over 1,300 acres of forest and miles of shoreline, Clearwater has no shortage of wildlife in its midst. From bird watching to gardening to hunting for crayfish in the lake, campers will commune with nature they are surrounded by and learn more about the wild and plant life at Clearwater.
4. Renewable Energy is the Future
Part of any eco-friendly practice is using renewable energy sources. Eco campers will learn about different kinds of renewable energy sources and how they can make simple changes to save lots of energy. Building a solar oven will be a highlight of this new venture.
5. Classic Camp Activities
Don’t think that by participating in Eco Camp, we would deprive campers of the opportunity to participate in all the fun classic camp activities that make Clearwater Forest so memorable! Campers will still join in worship, camper’s choice activities, cabin time and all-camp games when they are not busy exploring the ecosystem!