Environmental Leadership Award for Youthtown

Youthtown was very proud to accept the DoC Environmental Leadership Award at the annual New Zealand Recreation Association Outdoor Awards, held in Auckland last night.

The award was for one of our many programmes, Envirocamps, and it recognises individuals and organisations that have been successful in significantly improving outdoor recreation outcomes for participants and clients.

MSD funds Youthtown to deliver these environmental leadership and participation camps for 12-18 year olds, ten at a time.

It involves working with the local community on an specific environmental project and they design, direct and participate in an overnight camp with a difference – to make a difference!

Our young people come away with new skills, increased confidence, an awareness of conservation issues, how collaboration works and a huge a sense of achievement in the Volunteer role they’ve undertaken.

One of the participants said ‘this is the best thing I have ever done in my life!’