When Camp George acquired new land during the 2009 off-season, they decided to start an innovative program to grow food at camp, teach campers and staff environmental values and provide a free getaway for campers and staff to enjoy. Last winter, camp staff worked with local gardening experts to plant Gan Matan, the garden of giving. The site is now complete with camping tents and a campfire for cooking meals with their organic food grown on-site. Campers were integral in developing the land through tending the garden, creating mosaics and paintings to decorate the site, participating in day programs and overnights on the new land and even creating a "green map" of camp.
Last summer they grew beets, cucumbers, sunflowers and more while teaching campers about giving back to the earth. Giant zucchinis, crispy cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, peppers and fresh herbs have all become staples of delicious camp lunches. (Check out this video taken at the garden!) Camp George is looking forward to expanding their environmental efforts this year by appointing a "greening point person" to their Strategic Planning Committee. This person will bring sustainability concerns into every aspect of future planning for the camp.