Camp 2 Grow: Environmental Leadership Program

Camp 2 Grow was a leadership and environmental stewardship program developed by the American Camp Association® through funding from the Lilly Endowment Inc. from 2009 through 2011.  Camp 2 Grow was designed to teach middle and high-school aged youth leadership knowledge and skills through day and resident camps.  Camp 2 Grow provided youth with nature-based problem solving experience and taught them a framework for implementing environmental stewardship projects in their camps, homes, or communities.

Research into the impacts of the Camp2Grow program indicated that youth learned skills in independence, empowerment, and problem-solving- important 21st century learning skills to prepare youth for the future. Camp 2 Grow also taught youth how to become environmental stewards and strengthened campers' emotional connections with nature.  See the 2010 Camp2Grow Impact Report for more information.

The Camp2Grow program materials were translated into a new book titled, Leadership and Environmental Stewardship: A Curriculum for Camps and Other Youth Programs (Garst & White, 2012).