In the beginning of February we ran a camp for 50 Grade 8 students from St. George’s Grammer School in Cape Town in collaboration with Greenpop, Living Labs and the Greyton Eco Lodge.
It was the third year of running this camp for the school and was a lot of fun for everyone!
The program was focused on active citizenship, environmental leadership and teambuilding and included a range of engaging activities.
The camp kicked off with some interactive games and group sessions of co-creating our own community norms and rules before we ran a waste, water and food orientation to the camp. In the afternoon we went on an epic hike into the pristine fynbos of the Greyton Mountains and we closed off the day with a movie screening of The Lorax.
We got grooving the next morning with a dance party on the lawn before heading out to the Greyton Eco Camp for a full day of tree planting and river surveying.
We planted a total of 30 indigenous trees and worked with a Cape Town based education group called Living Labs who run citizen science programs focussed on river health surveys with youth from all over.
The students actively surveyed the river by collecting samples of the organisms present to determine the health status of the river. Unfortunately, the river was found to be not as healthy as we’d hoped as several key indicator species were missing. This is most likely due to the fact that the section of river that we were surveying was downstream of the town itself.
In the late afternoon students had some free time to do yoga or take a walk through town and that evening we ran a quiz night based on all the information gathered over the last few days.
The last morning was focussed on wrapping up our experience with group discussions around what we had learnt and a feedback session. It was a super fun few days and we hope the students walked away feeling inspired to get active for their environment.
A massive thank you to Greenpop, Living Labs and St. George’s Grammer School for making this awesome opportunity possible.
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