Camp Joy is doing innovative work – through Nurturing Nature, we provide real-life lessons to campers and visitors on how to dispose of waste, manage land, and design the built environment in ways that are in harmony with nature. Camper education is at the heart of all our programs.
In nature, nothing is wasted. Everything is part of a larger, self-healing system. Like each of us, the natural world is perfectly designed just as it is, and that’s a concept we hope to instill in every camper – each of you is perfect just as you are.
For the children we serve, the Camp Joy experience provides a place where, for at least a little while, kids can be… kids, surrounded by other kids just like them in a community of friendship. Our kids leave with more than memories. They leave with relationships – with other kids, with Camp Joy counselors – that last a lifetime.
The Nurturing Nature Program:
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Why are we Nurturing Nature?
Camp Joy was founded in 1937 on the unassailable values of opportunity for those in need, inclusion at all costs, and the premise that nature soothes the soul. Our Nurturing Nature program is the acknowledgement that the restorative powers of nature combined with an amazing staff is what makes Camp Joy such a transformative experience for kids.
For the 12,000+ kids and adults we serve each year, living net-zero by nurturing nature and transforming our operating practices to conserve our resources will simply become a signature part of the Camp Joy experience – like bunk beds, ropes courses and s’mores.
Our Nurturing Nature program will save and earn money over time, while also allowing more kids to experience Camp Joy. It will expand our education and training options by providing opportunities to see our environmental progress in real time, and it reinforces – to kids, visitors and us – that, at Camp Joy, we live our mission of helping people grow and succeed through life-long experience-based learning,
Why is this so important?
It’s our priority to maintain the land so it’s always available to the youth we serve.
The healing power of nature increases nurturing capacity, improves self-esteem, expands coping abilities, connects us to something timeless and larger than ourselves, and unleashes creativity. We see it every day at Camp Joy.
Just as surely as Camp Joy’s restorative powers live on long after visitors turn off our gravel road, so too will the beauty of Camp Joy’s natural systems restore and build resilience among those we serve.
The time to teach children the importance of their environment is now because of their potential to affect the future. Our youth are inheriting the world we leave them. If we can encourage them to become engaged citizens in protecting the resources we leave them, then they can cultivate an environment where they will thrive.
“Through our Nurturing Nature program, we are reimagining and expanding that relationship to Mother Earth to benefit the land and those who draw strength from it.”
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The excitement of learning and growing at Camp Joy all begins with our first connection with you.
We are excited to get the opportunity to meet you and show you camp! If it is easier, just give Tia a call at 513-478-9282