Sustainable Camp At Home an eco success!

Well done to everyone who took part in our Sustainable Camp At Home the weekend of 5-7 June! 

It was great to see children, young people and families throughout the country taking part, including RTE’s Operation Transformation presenter, Killian Byrne, and his family!  

Hundreds of people sent us their photos and let us know how much they had enjoyed, not only camping outdoors (or in), but also doing a range of sustainable activities and challenges from our Sustainable Camp At Home resource packThese included upcycling clothes, making tote bags out of old T-shirts, auditing water and energy usage, coming up with ways to cut down on the use of single-use plastic and doing litter picks and nature scavenger hunts in the locality. 

Many people made campfires on which they made s’mores (toasted marshmallows eaten between two chocolate digestive biscuits). Others chose the simpler method of toasting marshmallows over candles or nightlights. 

Emma (11) of Kilkenny Girl Guides told us she had loads of fun camping. She said, “We put up the tent on Saturday and had so much fun putting it up. We also made a tee pee, which turned out better than I had imaginedWe had so much fun making slushies, especially when we got to put in the sugar and it dissolved in the water. They tasted delicious! 

I loved doing the creepy-crawlie scavenger hunt and trying to find everything in the garden. We had lights hung in the garden and we toasted our marshmallows over candles and melted them in hot chocolate. We also made yummy smores. Afterwardswe watched a movie in the tent before bed. 

She continued, “We camped out again on Sunday night and left the tent up for a few days because we had so much fun. Our dog, Leroy, loved camping with us too and was disappointed when we slept inside again! I loved everything and had an amazing time. 

Like other young people around the country, Emma and her sister found the Sustainable Camp At Home activity pack a valuable resource for ideas of activities to do during the weekend. They would highly recommend a Camp At Home to others looking to break the boredom of the long spell off school and other activities!  

We would encourage anyone doing a Camp At Home to share photos on social media with the hashtags #IGGCampAtHome and #SustainableCamping.