The Generation Connection has been connecting young people and older generations to each other, their community, and the environment since 2003. Their approach immerses intergenerational groups in outdoor activities lead by local experts in environmental science, art, media, conservation, farming, and physical activity (to name a few). The genius of camp founder Joel Daunic's vision is in curating the types of activities that engage campers across generations, blending learning and play, and recognizing the win-win exchanges of energy and wisdom between unlikely co-campers.
The Media Spot has been embedded with the camp since year 1, working with small intergenerational groups of campers to frame each experience with the camera and make decisions about the footage to be edited together to share the value of camp. This process promotes media literacy by encouraging campers old and young to think critically about how they can use video to communicate what they are learning, while also giving audiences an authentic window into the intergenerational dynamic at camp.
2015 THEME: MINDING EARTH'S GARDEN TGC
collects these kids and seniors and drops them into nature without demanding any result, with the hope that immersing this diverse group of people in nature who are doing things together will impact their thinking in some way. TMS is there to highlight, facilitate, and stoke those interactions, and challenge campers to think critically about what they're doing by framing it through video productions.
CAMP THEME OBJECTIVES
Campers consider the relationship between humans and the Earth’s resources (aka the "fruits of the garden"). Campers realize they are active participants in Earth’s garden. Hopefully “stewards”, but participants, nonetheless. GOALS OF THE VIDEO PROCESS Keeping the campers mindful of how the theme is relevant to the places we go and reinforcing what we're learning, while having fun and learning to make video with a purpose. Creating teaching tools/PR for the camp and the businesses/orgs/individuals we visit. Capturing the way that place-based learning allows kids and seniors to think about relationships: to nature, to each other, to different generations.
Visit thegenerationconnection.com to watch video clips dating back to 2003, and read more about this innovative organization!