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When:
July 28th to August 3rd, Sun to Sat - Week

Who Can Go:
Campers Entering Grades 4-12 & New Graduates


Farm-to-Table experience: 

Love to eat?....Me too!

But where does our food come from?..... Let's find out!

From the seed to plant to our plates. We are going to get our hands dirty and learn exactly what it takes to grow our own food. Then the exciting part, preparing and eating our meal together as a group.

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Create arts and crafts with recycled materials: 

You can make almost anything using recycled materials. In this hands on workshop we are going to take ordinary items and turn them in extraordinary things! 

We will also learn how some companies are building houses using glass and plastic bottles, soda cans, car tires and much more!


Eco village workshop:

Together we will explore how eco villages and tiny homes are making the world a more harmonious place. Let’s look at 6 different designs that are revolutionizing the world as we know it.

As a special bonus, the group will have the opportunity to build a small model of a futuristic eco home called an “Earthship”.

Learn more about Earthships at: www.earthship.com 

and www.earthshipmodelkit.com

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Overnight field trip to a radically sustainable greenhouse!

We will journey to the magical “Stonehedge Gardens” in Tamaqua Pennsylvania, where a “Earthship” style greenhouse has been built using recycled materials. This is an exciting opportunity to experience in real life, beautiful walls made of recycled glass bottles and aluminum cans!

Plus! Together we will explore how this brand-new building uses amazing water recycling techniques to grow food for the community!  

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About our guide:

Eric Ficinus operates from a place of passion to solve the environmental problems handed down to his generation. He has traveled the world researching radically sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest problems, such as pollution, housing and the energy crisis.

He graduated from the Earthship Biotecture Academy in 2016 where he studied innovative housing solutions. He took what he learned, and released a book called “Earthship Model Kit” which provides the reader with a build-able paper model of the inspirational futuristic houses.



About the Campground:

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Holmes Camp and Conference Center, located a short drive north of New York City, is a 550-acre camp and conference center set among pristine forests, lakes, cliffs, trails and wetlands in the hill country of northern Putnam County/southern Dutchess County in the lower Hudson River Valley.  The location provides a beautiful view of the area and spectacular changes of seasons. No matter when you are here, it is a good time to be at the Holmes.