Praxis International Institute Summer Environmental Camp

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Brent Kreuger
Email address of primary contact person: 
brent@globalinfobrokers.ca
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From July 25th till August 20th of 2010, Praxis International Institute (PII) hosted two separate back-to-back summer camps for youth at its Craik Ecovillage campus. The first camp saw 10 delegations of 15 year olds and their leaders from 10 different countries. The theme of the camp was “Living a Green Life.” The second camp saw approximately 40 youth from all across Canada.

Building on the knowledge that it will be our young people that will lead the way in any paradigm shift, and also that experts tell us it takes 21 days to start (or break) a habit, the camps were important because during this time period students not only learned about how to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle, but actually got a chance to experience it first-hand. By not only discussing and learning about issues but actually practicing such solutions as water conservation, (we use rainwater recovery so monitoring and being “aware” of daily water levels and usage was critical), using composting and humanure toilets, eliminating most junk food and choosing to eat healthy, regularly composting other household organic waste and recycling, recycling recycling to name a few, participants saw tangibly the results of their efforts.

Based upon lessons learned and successes experienced during these first camps, Praxis International Institute has decided to offer “Living Green” camps on a regular basis, and to extend and enlarge the topics and activities included in these camps. So far, Praxis as hosted or booked at least three more similar camps. In April of 2011 Praxis hosted a delegation of 18 Japanese students ranging in age from grade 7 to grade 12, and starting in July 2011 Praxis will host two more camps with at least one of the camps being students from China.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

From July 25th till August 20th of 2010, Praxis International Institute (PII) hosted two separate back-to-back summer camps for youth at its Craik Ecovillage campus.

In April of 2011 Praxis hosted a delegation of 18 Japanese students ranging in age from grade 7 to grade 12, and starting in July 2011 Praxis will host two more camps with at least one of the camps being students from China.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Sustainable living in action
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

the camps were important because during this time period students not only learned about how to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle, but actually got a chance to experience it first-hand. By not only discussing and learning about issues but actually practicing such solutions as water conservation, (we use rainwater recovery so monitoring and being “aware” of daily water levels and usage was critical), using composting and humanure toilets, eliminating most junk food and choosing to eat healthy, regularly composting other household organic waste and recycling, recycling recycling to name a few, participants saw tangibly the results of their efforts.

The camp was broken into three sections; (A) Problem identification, (B) Problem solutions and (C) Solution Implementation. We found that by choosing to implement their own solution as opposed to one dictated to them, these 15 year participants were much more ready to adopt that behaviour, and appeared willing to maintain that behaviour permanently (we hope).

What level of education does this project address?: 
High school
How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from 2011 Recognition Event