Elana Gold Service Project
This work provides opportunities for education about ecosystems and the need for environmental restoration. Best of all, these lessons are imparted through direct, hands on experience. The camaraderie and fellowship of overcoming physical challenges through teamwork and living "in the rough" together provide many opportunities for growth seldom found inside a classroom.
Every summer, students, parents, and alums return to the site for four satisfying days of restoration work during an eventful week in the forest.
Elana Gold '93 died in 1991. The year she would have graduated from high school, the Elana Gold '93 Memorial Environmental Restoration Project was established to honor her memory. The annual trip celebrates Elana's love of nature and commitment to the environment. Each year, her parents, Ivan Gold and Lois Gold, travel to Camp Cody at Mt. Hood to work alongside and get to know the students, teachers, and Forest Service staff members making a difference in the national forest.
"When Elana's project started, most of the campers were her classmates and friends. The staff members were her teachers. A few years later, most campers who knew Elana were her friends' younger brothers and sisters. Now, ten years later, most of the kids know just her memory. But Elana really is there on the trip. People are always saying her name when they talk about the Elana Project or "Camp Elana." It makes her immortal. We couldn't ask for more."
— Lois Gold and Ivan Gold