Camps as Evacuation or Temporary Housing Centers

Camps may be called upon by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — or another government agency or community organization — to serve as evacuation centers. The Department of Homeland Security may also contact camps about serving as housing for children and/or adults who are temporarily under their care.  In any of these cases, camps need to consider all of the implications of agreeing to be a host site.  In recent years, a number of camps have partnered with FEMA and others to take on these responsibilities.  They learned some important lessons when they were asked to help.

Site/Facility Management

Develop and maintain infrastructures of the program site to support sustainable and safe operations that follow sound environmental management practices.

Competency Aspiration

Develop and maintain structures, spaces, and properties in safe, well-maintained, and inviting conditions that promote the well-being of participants and the camp setting as well as encourage organizational sustainability.

The Farm-to-Campfire Experience

Guest post by Diana K. Rice, RD

As a registered dietitian and staff member of The Kids Cook Monday, I’ve seen firsthand how efforts to involve children in food production and preparation can influence them to make healthy choices. Much of my work involves school-based efforts to teach these skills, but with all of the other academic learning objectives students must meet, I know that it can be difficult to find time during the school day to give kids truly enriching food-related experiences.

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