The Bondar Summer Camp Challenge developed as a pilot and delivered during the Summer 2012. Modeled after the school-based Bondar Challenge successfully conducted in both elementary and secondary schools, the competition was adapted to the informal education setting of children and youth summer camps.
The deep and lasting benefits of the camping experience are a rich bed in which to plant the seeds of a lifelong love of nature, protection of the environment and global citizenship.
The goals are:
- to teach campers how to use cameras as an effective means of capturing images and concepts;
- to help campers use the camera to “see” the environment around them;
- to help campers articulate their feelings about what they see and to express those feelings clearly; and
- to help campers develop a lifelong affinity for both the joy of photography and the love of nature, fusing art and science.
Participating camps in the Summer 2012 pilot were:
- Doe Lake Girl Guide Camp
- Cairn Camps – Glen Mohr
- Robin Hood Camp
- Camp Tawingo
- Camp Wenonah
Winning submissions from the first camp pilots are now posted on 2012 Summer Camp Winners and Honourable Mentions!