Campsite Challenge

2013 Campsite Challenge winners Coleman Square
2013 Campsite Challenge winners Coleman Square

To extend the spirit of sustainable festivation into the campgrounds, Planet Bluegrass is again running How Green is your Grass? - the 6th annual creative campsite challenge. Coordinated by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, this contest encourages all of us to raise the bar for sustainable camping by honoring campsites that excel in achieving the highest levels of the Leave No Trace philosophy.

2013 Winners

Congratulations to the 2013 RockyGrass Campsite Challenge winners, "Coleman Square." This large camp (nearly 50 members!) was a model for sustainability, cleanliness, and creativity (including an intentional feng shui camp setup). For their efforts, they will receive a pair of on-site camping passes for the 42nd Annual RockyGrass (July 25-27, 2014).

How Do I Participate?

The contest is open to all campers in any of the Planet Bluegrass-managed campgrounds. To nominate your own campsite or one of your neighbors:

  1. Lisit the Leave No Trace booth to fill out the 1-page entry form – explaining how your campsite exhibits cleanliness, sustainability, and creativity. Download a copy of the application form here.
  2. Stop by the Leave No Trace booth each day to view all the campsite entries and vote for your favorites.
  3. Leave No TracePlanet Bluegrass will select the grand prize winner after the campground pack-out is complete on Monday. The winner will be announced in the next “Notes from the Planet” email and on this web page. 

How Do I Win?

We will be judging on three simple criteria:

  1. Cleanliness. Are you repackaging the food you bring? Are you keeping a tidy campsite? Are items secure and not susceptible to wind gusts? Are you safely disposing of cigarette butts?
  2. Sustainability. Are you separating your recyclables, compostables, and then placing them in the correct bins at the campsite waste stations? Are you reusing products (cups, utensils, water bottles, bags) instead of trashing them? Are you using any alternative energy sources to power your campsite? Did you bike or carpool to the festival; are you offsetting carbon emissions using wind credits or carbon offsets? Will you pack out as much as possible when leaving? Did you do anything to reduce your homes’ energy while attending the festival?
  3. Creativity. Does your campsite have a theme? Are you utilizing any unique and innovative camping techniques?

What Do I Win?

2013 winner Coleman Square
2013 winner Coleman Square

Two campsite finalists will be chosen each day – one random and one chosen by staff. Each winning campsite will receive a prize package including:

Planet Bluegrass will select the Grand Prize winner of 2014 on-site camping passes after the campground pack-out on Monday.

For More Information

Share your thoughts about the contest, or even a little pre-contest "bet you can't top our solar-powered strobe tuner" smack, over at the Festivarian Forum.

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. Visit at www.LNT.org or call 1-800-332-4100