We’ve all heard it spoken of; maybe we’ve all felt it – the sense that our earth’s environmental problems are beyond fixing, the idea that there’s so much needed to heal our planet that it just can’t be done. And yet, the story of the starfish thrower tugs at our hearts, resonating deeply. Could it possibly be true that our small, individual actions can have an impact?
At Leadership Academy, we answer that question with a resounding, “Yes!” We strongly believe that small actions, even those made by small people, can make a big difference. We believe that children already hold within themselves the power to effect change in the world. And we believe that it’s our job to inspire and empower those children to tap into their passion and take an active role in improving things in their community, their city and their world.
Therefore, we are thrilled to announce that our first Leadership Academy Grounds Keepers campaign is underway! One of our company’s core beliefs is that it’s our duty to protect the natural world by leaving it better than we found it, and we build this conviction into each of our camp programs every summer. Throughout those summer months we’ve had great success with teaching and enacting “leave no trace” principles. Inspired by the Granite Gear Grounds Keepers, we are now extending those practices into the entire year with our new Grounds Keepers program. It works like this:
- Participants ages 5-13 commit to visiting a nature park, trail hike, lake, river or waterway at least once a month from February through November.
- They make a 100% promise to leave it better than they found it, picking up and packing out trash whenever possible on their adventures. Special focus goes to those tiny bits of trash that confuse animals and end up in our waterways.
- Participants promise to be storytellers through imagery or video that will be used on social media.
- They work to lead by example and inspire others to join their mission.
This year, our inaugural Grounds Keepers team consists of seven incredible campers who have made these commitments. You can learn more about these awesome young people on our website.