Environmental Resource Center EcoCamps

Kids enjoy the great outdoors at the Environmental Resource Center EcoCamps.

Ketchum’s Environmental Resource Center provides an opportunity for campers to spend a week fully immersed in Idaho’s natural world.

“The EcoCamps are designed to give kids the confidence, skills and tools necessary to become better stewards of the environment while developing a passion and appreciation for wild places,” ERC Program Director Alisa McGowan said.

Activities include hiking, swimming, camping, games and crafts.

From July 15-19, the ERC will host Discovering Wild Idaho EcoCamp for rising fifth- and sixth-graders. They will discover the wonders of Idaho’s Boulder Mountains during this week-long overnight camp full of creative explorations and adventures. An offsite camping trip is included.

From July 22-26, the ERC will host Environmental Leadership EcoCamp for rising seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders. They will gain backcountry and leadership skills while learning about Idaho’s ecology. This week-long overnight camp includes an overnight backpacking trip and service-learning component.

Located at the Galena Lodge yurts north of Ketchum, the camps cost $550 for ERC members and $650 for nonmembers. Generous scholarships are available.

Additionally, the ERC’s Leader in Training Program provides rising 10th- through 12th-grade students the opportunity to build leadership skills under the supervision of adult mentors. The Leader in Training participants will help facilitate camp games and activities and provide a safe, supportive and fun atmosphere for campers.

For more information or to register, visit ercsv.org or contact Alisa McGowan at 208-726-4333 or alisa@ercsv.org.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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