New USGBC Summer Camp for kids at home

Published on: 
2 Jul 2020
Kristen Keim

This summer has presented a new set of expectations for everyone, kids and adults alike. With summer camps closed or at reduced capacity, keeping your homebound students engaged and inspired can seem daunting. Besides, providing safe, fun and meaningful experiences that grow skill sets while also getting kids outside can be difficult, even without the social distancing constraints we face today.

To meet this challenge, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC is hosting a virtual summer camp from July 27 to 31, to engage rising 7th through 12th grade students in exploring sustainable city planning through their own neighborhoods. Throughout the weeklong camp, students will investigate what goes into making a sustainable city, evaluate their own surroundings and apply that knowledge to advocate for sustainable changes in their own cities or towns.

Each day of the summer camp includes hands-on activities, interactive sessions and self-paced projects.

Below is a general overview and requirements for each day of the camp. A full schedule and list of instructional materials and requirements will be provided to registered students.

Camp schedule July 27–31

  • Day 1: Get inspired by exploring sustainable cities around the world, understanding what makes them special and building your own city model.
  • Day 2: Deepen your knowledge by learning how city planners and leaders make decisions, researching what your city or town has been doing and refining your city model, based on what you’ve learned.
  • Day 3: Apply your knowledge by getting out into your neighborhood, photographing and writing about what you see, and proposing a few changes you think would make it better.
  • Day 4: Set goals for yourself by considering input from your peers, creating an advocacy plan and shooting a short video to explain your next steps.
  • Day 5: Celebrate all that you’ve accomplished over the course of the week, alongside some new friends from across the United States.


  • Access to Learning Lab ($40) to see the week’s materials (or request a scholarship on the registration page linked below)
  • Joining a daily one-hour interactive video call with other campers. One call will be held for Eastern/Central time students at 10 a.m. ET / 9 a.m. CT, and a separate call will be held for Mountain/Pacific time students at 10 a.m. MT / 9 a.m. PT.
  • Access to a computer and reliable internet
  • Ability to access and explore a local neighborhood in person
  • Access to a camera and video camera (or a phone with camera and video-recording ability)


  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Several clean and used cardboard boxes in various forms, shapes and sizes (such as cereal or cracker boxes, shoe boxes, jewelry boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.)
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencils, colored pencils or markers
  • Clean and used paper scraps
  • Paints (optional)

Learn more and register for USGBC Summer Camp