Nature (teva) is integral to the Camp Solomon Schechter experience. For five decades, campers and visitors have been inspired by the beauty of the camp’s wetlands, flora and fauna. From 60 to 120: The Campaign to Build Jewish Continuity will continue to honor the traditions and history of Schechter’s commitment to preserving and celebrating the environment.
Preserving and enhancing the unique wetlands of Schechter are a key goal of the campaign. Lake Stampfer is one of the most pristine kettle lakes in the region. To the east of the lake lies a kettle bog, a fragile ecosystem that is home to many unique plants and animals. Our development plans include protections for this bog and the other wetlands at camp, as well as creating new learning opportunities to enhance existing environmental education programs.
We are also committed to a future Camp Solomon Schechter that is more efficient and consumes fewer resources while still maintaining the unique spirit of the camp. Features like daylighting, natural ventilation, ultra-low flow plumbing fixtures and enhanced thermal resistance will allow for more comfortable conditions without consuming additional resources. Storm water management systems will be added to ensure that the precipitation that falls on roads, sidewalks and paths is as clean as possible before flowing to the lake, wetlands or river.
Finally, with improvements to camp infrastructure will come further enhancement of the environmental sustainability and efficiency in and around camp’s grounds. Energy and resource monitoring will be built into the new systems to allow camp to immediately understand how use affects consumption so that campers and staff can help contribute to long-term practices that further reduce consumption.
As the design process develops, we will continue to explore the most environmentally friendly features possible to ensure the Camp Solomon Schechter respects and honors teva for another 60 years and beyond.