We spent September 2016 – April 2017 creating the “Camp Friedenswald Resilience and Sustainability Plan 2022.” We are excited to share our journey here. To see an overview of our triple-bottom-line plan, addressing environmental, social, and financial resilience and sustainability goals at Camp, check out this document. If you would like to print a booklet of the overview, check out this document.
Environmental Resilience and Sustainability
Compost food waste and napkins
Work to enhance biodiversity, control invasive plant species, and help protect specific endangered species like the Mitchell’s satyr butterfly and the eastern massasauga rattlesnake through ecological restoration projects
Read blog posts about our prairie fen and about our habitat restoration efforts.
Raise pigs on site and feed them dining hall leftovers
Switched to 100% LED lighting in the spring of 2018!
Recycle plastic, cardboard, paper, glass, metal, e-waste, batteries, Styrofoam, plastic films, and toothbrushes/toothpaste tubes/floss containers
Reduce trash by eliminating the use of disposable cups, stir sticks, etc.
Partner with Corey Lake Orchards and Bubba’s Produce to serve local produce
Reduced trash and unhealthy food consumption by NOT selling candy or drinks at Camp Store during summer camps
Installed occupancy sensors for lighting in many areas
Set thermostats to have maximum and minimum temperature settings in all buildings
Reduced use of motorized transportation on Camp property by using bicycles.
Installed dark sky lighting for outdoor lighting on new and newly renovated buildings, which avoids light pollution at night.
Purchased metal roofs, energy efficient appliances, 100% recycled content indoor and outdoor floor mats, replaceable carpet squares (instead of rolled carpet), and Indiana-made durable furniture for new and newly renovated buildings.
Purchase 100% recycled napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, and tissues.
Social Resilience and Sustainability
A major component of our social goals at Camp is to increase education to both guests and staff on the topic of environmental sustainability. We get really excited about education here, as it can create a ripple effect for positive change in the homes and communities of all our guests.
Here are a few highlights on our efforts to increase education for sustainability:
- In our summer program we included eco-skits during two meals –one focused on reducing food waste and one about our all-camp veggie meal (no meat!)
- We used “Wangari’s Trees of Peace” book all summer. The book tells the true story of Wangari Maathai, a woman who started the Green Belt Movement in Kenya in 1977. Cabins took turns acting out different parts of the story each night at campfire.
- Campers helped with compost and weighed food waste each day – some took the effort to reduce food waste challenge very seriously – even forgoing napkins (which go into the compost at Camp) and licking their plates clean. One parent shared that their camper returned enthused about compost and ready to begin the practice in their home.
- Two schools took on the challenge of weighing their food waste table by table, and used it as a competition to see who had the least amount of food waste. One group of 120 people was able to get their total food waste for a meal down to 1.18 pounds!
Financial Resilience and Sustainability
Every camper can come to Camp regardless of financial ability
We are committed to ensuring that every summer camper who wants to come to Camp Friedenswald can do so, regardless of financial ability. We offer camperships (scholarships) to anyone who has the need for it. If you feel you would benefit from this program, please call our Program Director, Naomi Leary, at 269-476-9744 for more details.
We are committed to providing a living wage for staff at Camp, which includes consideration for minimum food, childcare, health insurance, housing, transportation, and other basic necessities (e.g. clothing, personal care items, etc.) costs. We are happy to say everyone employed at Camp is at or above a living wage as designated for a single person in Cass County, Michigan by MIT’s Living Wage Calculator as calculated in the fall of 2018.
In order to provide camperships, living wages, and excellent experiences for all our guests, financial stability and even growth are necessary for Camp to be resilient and sustainable. See our end of the year report for more on the financial outlook at Camp.