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Transcript of “volunteering at an environmental camp” video

Katie: We’re going to be doing a watershed activity. We’re going to have these little tin foil plate things, like that you use to paint with. And we’re going to build cities on them, and then we’re going to pollute the cities, and we’re going to put some wetlands in them, and then we’re going to pour water to show how the wetlands work and the whole watershed system.

Camp Counselor: Does anybody know what a watershed is?

Katie: It shows how pollution affects water. It doesn’t matter…You could be polluting something in the middle of a city, and yet it will rain, and the water will go down into the sea. And it still affects our water, no matter where you pollute.

Katie: I’ve been volunteering here for two years. You play games with them, you help them with arts and crafts, you take them places.

Katie: When you work with an organization and young people that teach about the environment, you also get to learn about how to take good care of it, and you’re helping children to realize that the environment needs saving, and you’re learning ways to that you can help the environment, while having fun at the same time.

Camp kid (voice): Let’s make a city.

Camp Counselor (voice): Now Maggie is going to go around and pass out sponges which are going to be acting as your wetlands.

Camp Counselor (voice): Were do you think it will help your city the most?

Camper: I’m going to put it in the water. By the Empire State Building there should be a sponge.

Katie: I think it’s important to teach other kids this about this kind of stuff, because they are the future. We might not have to deal with these problems now, but they definitely will… eventually.

Camp Counselor (voice): See what happened, what just happened? See how much pollution that sponge absorbed.

Katie: I get to help kids. I enjoy working with kids. They’re adorable. They say the cutest stuff to you, and they’re always so much fun. They’re always so creative, and they’re just a lot of fun to watch. You learn something from them new everyday that you may have forgotten, or maybe you never realized. They notice the simple things. And that’s nice.

Camp Counselor (voice): Anyone else learn anything about watersheds? Yeah,  Jenny?

Camper: They smell like grape Kool-aid!

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