Summer camp crusaders band together to fight litter: Challenge out to other camps on who can collect most trash |

Summer camp crusaders band together to fight litter: Challenge out to other camps on who can collect most trash

Amanda Fehd
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Jacob Bernal helps his St. Theresa Summer Camp cohorts clean up around South Tahoe Middle School on Tuesday. Bernal came up with the idea to challenge other summer clubs in their efforts to collect litter.

Tahoe might be a bit cleaner by the end of the summer thanks to a couple dozen children attending the St. Theresa Summer Camp.

The children, who live in South Lake Tahoe and attend camp during the day, have enacted a policy to pick up trash everywhere they go.

And they are challenging other camps to do the same.

The kids fill their bags at the beach, playgrounds, recreation center or just walking along the street.

“And if we find a bag that’s trash, we just use it to pick up more trash,” said Dustin Woodstock, who is 7 3/4 years old.

Hunter Turey, 7 1/2, said picking up litter helps “keep us healthy, keep the animals healthy and the lake healthy.

“We like it because it’s inspiring and it helps keep Tahoe clean,” she said.

Camp director Carrie Hurwitz, who grew up here and is attending school in Rhode Island, said the children are excited about helping out.

“We come to the beach and they get upset on how much trash is on the beach,” she said. They keep asking me to find new routes between St. Theresa and the recreation center. They don’t like going the regular because there’s no more trash to pick up.”

Hurwitz gives a “behavior buck” for every full bag of trash turned in. The bucks can be used to buy things out of a “treasure chest” at the end of the week.

Her camp is new this year, and is available to children 5 to 14 years old. Each week focuses on a different theme, like sports, cooking or careers. The trash idea came from the second week of camp, which was focusing on the environment. And it hasn’t lost steam since then, Hurwitz said.

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