In 2018, EcoCamp will enter its 13th year and is one of the ERC’s longest running youth programs. Each summer, the ERC offers two overnight EcoCamps: one for rising 5th-6th grade students and and one for rising 7th-9th grade students. Both of these camps take place at the Galena Lodge yurts, 23 miles north of Ketchum, sandwiched between the Boulder Mountains and Smoky Mountains. We are excited to offer children of this age the only week-long overnight, experiential learning camp in the valley.
2018 EcoCamp Dates:
July 9-13, 2018: Discovering Wild Idaho EcoCamp
- Rising 5th & 6th graders
July 23-27, 2018: Environmental Leadership EcoCamp
- Rising 7th-9th graders
During EcoCamp campers are fully immersed in our natural world and engage with its flora and fauna to further understand how humans fit into and alter this world, giving them the tools to become better stewards of our environment.
In the Discovering Wild Idaho camp, participants engage in activities in the outdoor environment that foster a sense of place. Campers will learn naturalist and teamwork skills while exploring, observing and reveling by the river, on the trails and under the stars with peers and mentors. In the Environmental Leadership camp, students are older and therefore take on more of a leadership role rather than being passive observers. They learn orienteering skills, water and forest ecology, and practice Leave No Trace principles, etc. It is our hope that these campers gain confidence in the outdoors and a deeper understanding of our natural world and bring back their knowledge and passion to our community, sharing it with parents, friends, and younger students.
Campers spend 3 nights in the yurts at Galena Lodge and one-night camping or backpacking in the local mountains. These experiences in nature, disconnected from the pressures of technology, help develop the next generation of environmental leaders. Both EcoCamps are designed to bring – and keep – our children outdoors, learning, exploring, and reveling in the natural world, ultimately encouraging them to become better earth stewards.
In all of our camps, the ERC is helping to spark a life-long passion for science and creating the future caretakers of our planet. We are excited for the year ahead as we continue this great benefit for our community and natural landscape.
EcoCamp Leader in Training
A EcoCamp Leader in Training position is available now. Click here for position description and application information.
Scholarships are available. Applications are available April 1 with the first round of disbursement in mid-May.
In 2018, the ERC’s EcoCamp Scholarship Fund is generously supported by The Papoose Club, The Campfire Foundation, Rocky Mountain Hardware, Kearns, McGinnis & Vandenberg, Inc., and individual ERC members like you. Click here to support the EcoCamp Scholarship Fund.
For more information on these camps, please contact:
Alisa McGowan, Program Director, 208.726.4333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.