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Second BOOM Camp: Everyday Consumption

The second BOOM camp was a perfect space for upcycling: old bike tires were turned into belts, billboard tarps were remodelled into backpacks, and other forgotten everyday items found their way back to use. During the camp, which took place from 20 to 25 September at the Jugendakademie Walberberg near Cologne, young adults between 18 and 25 got to explore handicraft professions under the guidance of experienced craftspeople and learn more about sustainable lifestyles.

The main goal was to promote sustainability as an integral part of career and lifestyle choices. Other camp highlights included remodelling an outdoor area by using old furniture and tires, creating beeswax wraps to store and conserve food products, and a clothing swap activity to promote and foster sustainable habits.

During special workshops, the participants were invited to reflect on their personal skills and discuss their visions for the future. Additionally, they were offered one-on-one coaching sessions to address challenges and questions as well as share ideas and map out opportunities for their upcoming career decisions.

Fruitful exchanges on sustainable consumption took place both within and beyond the workshops. As part of bonding with nature, the participants explored the premises and surroundings of a nearby farm and learned more about residual crops, healthy wild herbs, and the sustainable use of natural resources.

The third BOOM camp on the topic of Food will take place on 11-16 October in Walberberg, Cologne/Bonn. During the camp, teenagers between 14 and 17 will prepare food from self-harvested ingredients, build a geodome green house and discover recycling opportunities by making new products from packaging waste. If you know a teenagers who might be interested, please spread the word – registration is still open!

BOOM (Berufsorientierung und Nachhaltigkeit mal Anders) are six-day career orientation camps for teenagers and young adults. Participants of the camps have the opportunity to explore future jobs in the fields such as “daily consumption and product design”, “energy and mobility”, “building and housing” and “food and agriculture”. The main goal of the BOOM camps is to mainstream an understanding of sustainability as a key aspect in the career choices of the next generation. Find out more about our BOOM camps – check out the BOOM website and read the participants’ impressions!

BOOM camps are a joint project of the CSCP and its partners Provadis GmbH and Sportjugend Hessen e.V and it is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

For further questions, please contact Carina Diedrich.