Haida made a connection with the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) and with Kasiisi Primary School. Plans got underway for the first camp.
A fundraising committee was formed and the task of building financial support for the new venture began.
From January 29 to February 1, 22 children and 3 teachers from near Fort Portal and Entebbe attended the first Camp Uganda, held at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. Fourteen of the campers and two of the teachers were sponsored by the Camp Uganda Fundraising Committee.
From January 14 - 18, the second annual Camp Uganda was held at UWEC with 25 campers and 5 teachers from Gulu and Masindi. All were sponsored by CUCES.
This 5 day camp was held January 26-30. Twenty-five children and 4 teachers were “empowered”. Half came from a village near Kibale Forest and half from near Kalinzu Forest.
On January 16th, the Camp Uganda Conservation Education Society became an official member of the Kibale Forest Coalition for Conservation Education.
Our most successful 6 day camp was held January 25 - 30. We empowered a record 30 campers and 7 teachers from Kyanyawara and Rweetera Primary Schools near Kibale Forest and from Nyabyeya Primary School near Budongo Forest. Campers and teachers were very excited to learn to make fuel-efficient stoves and excellent techniques for planting trees.
Our camp became 7 days long, May 2-8, as we introduced a day long Conservation Leadership Workshop into our program. 30 campers, 6 teachers and 2 ex-campers turned volunteers, attended another successful camp. Lessons in constructing Rocket Stoves and planting trees continued to excite campers again this year.