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September 2, 2015 | 18th Elul 5775

URJ Camp Harlam

Kunkletown, PA

Big BlueIn recent years Harlam has taken big steps to reduce landfill waste - and in some pretty creative ways! Their Kachol Gadol (Big Blue) recycling bin sits outside the dining hall where campers and staff pass it before and after each meal. The big blue bin has become a focal point on camp, teaching students about waste issues while helping them recycle right. While recycling a variety of materials on camp is still a challenge, Harlam recycled all aluminum cans from the summer 2009 banquet, sending campers home with the environment on their minds. Last year they went a step further. Spearheaded by staff member Vicky Tuchman, Camp Harlam partnered with a local farm that could take their food waste and turn it into compost for their farm. Campers have really gotten into serving on "cow duty!"

Camp HarlamThe other component of their efforts is environmental education. For several years they have run a full "Shomrei adamah" curriculum for their chavurah unit with environmental programming for all age groups, including "Free University" classes on a variety of related issues including Judaism and vegetarianism. They have increased TEVA education through their Jewish life teaching and a variety of outdoor activities. This summer they are looking forward to having another hiking specialist and TEVA specialist on staff to raise awareness and activity at camp.

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