During the course of the year, the Children in the Wilderness ground team operates Eco-Clubs (Environmental Clubs) in the various communities with which we work. The Eco-Clubs, which take place at the rural schools, follow a structured curriculum and, depending on the region, take place weekly, monthly or every three months. Eco-Clubs give all learners who are interested in the environment a chance to meet, learn, discuss and expand their knowledge of environmental issues. We are also able to reach more children in the communities and on a more regular basis. Children participating on the Children in the Wilderness camps are selected from Eco-Clubs.
The interactive, fun sessions are designed to also be informative. Most often it is the Wilderness camp staff, all members of the local community, that volunteer to run the Eco-Club sessions. This not only exposes the children to different mentors, but increases the respect of the staff members with their community.
Environmental projects and tasks are earmarked and organized in cooperation with the community members and teachers. The children are encouraged to participate in the planning process and come up with their own ideas in order for them to take ownership of their clubs and the projects. The Eco-Clubs are increasingly providing positive community development while reaching a wider community.