Environmental Stewardship

The following energy-saving steps were adopted and are being implemented at all camps affiliated with CampGroup and can be easily undertaken by any camp:

Environmental Stewardship,

Energy-Saving Ideas for Camps To Survive And Thrive, Camping Magazine, Nov/Dec 2007, by Daniel Zenkel.

Camps must embrace change, indeed seek it out. Every year camps must look for ways to change and improve. The following energy-saving steps were adopted and are being implemented at all camps affiliated with CampGroup and can be easily undertaken by any camp:

Air conditioners: Eliminate air conditioners from noninsulated areas and use fans instead. Turn off air conditioners in insulated areas when they are unoccupied. Motion sensors that sense when everyone has left a room and turn off the air conditioner are available. If sensors cannot be installed, make a list of air conditioners and assign someone to monitor their use at least twice per day.

Lights: Install fluorescent mini spiral light bulbs that last over ten times longer than conventional bulbs. Turn off lights in camper, staff, and activity buildings—deduct inspection points if lights are left on. As with air conditioners, sensors can be installed to automatically turn off lights; however, cost savings in this context are not as substantial and so the expenditure may not make economic sense.

Electric power: Set up a mid-season appointment for your electricity supplier to visit your camp and test the efficiency of transformers, the sizing of the cables that feed the meters, and the condition of the meters. The power companies are very willing to provide this free service.

Laundry: If your laundry machines have an energy cycle, use it.

Showers: Install low-flow shower heads. Unlike older models, these provide a powerful stream of water and use only 2.25 gallons per minute (GPM), which is 65 percent less than conventional shower heads.

Pools: Check to make sure that the pool thermostat is functioning properly. Maintain a maximum pool temperature of 83 degrees Fahrenheit. Purchase solar blankets for your pool. These cost less than $250 and will save 65 percent – 70 percent in heating costs.

Company vehicles: Always purchase low octane gas.

On-site gas tanks: Control the gas tank keys and require those using the tank to complete a form noting name, date, purpose, and quantity of fuel.

Shopper driver: Instruct shopper drivers to map out their drive before leaving camp and to call prior to returning to check for any additional needs. Require shopper drivers to refuel at the camp gas tank.

• Golf carts: Designate a specific individual or purpose for each golf cart and post a sign on the cart, e.g., head of house keeping, head nurse. This makes the named person or group accountable and demonstrates that the cart is for a specific use.

Power Boats: Address the following points with your waterfront staff and make sure your waterfront director follows through during orientation and throughout the summer.

1. Design quadrants and driving patterns for waterski boats.

2. Limit staff waterskiing to waterski staff and limit their time on the water.

3. Train boat drivers to go easy on the throttle. Have them pay attention to the RPMs, not the speedometer, for more efficient driving. Instruct your drivers not to “full throttle” the boats during boat rides and when leaving/returning back to the docks. Shut off the engine when skiers are exchanging places. This saves energy and ensures safety.