Ocean Lakes Featured in FUNWORLD Magazine
Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C., was featured in the November/December issue of FUNWORLD, the official magazine of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.
The magazine spotlighted the campground’s successful iCare program, an initiative that works to reduce the environmental impact caused by the campground and its guests, according to a news release from Ocean Lakes.
Ocean Lakes Family Campground kicked off the iCare program in the early spring of 2009. The initiative uses the slogan “Awareness and Action Count” to encourage guest responsibility and education. The program focuses on pet pollution, litter impact, recycling and finding new ways to operate more efficiently.
Ocean Lakes is known as a leader in the camping industry for its eco-friendly efforts. It received a 2010 Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its iCare program and the 2009-2010 Plan-It Green Award from the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC). Only three parks in the United States have received such recognition.
In the FUNWORLD article, titled “Get Your Hands Dirty,” Ocean Lakes leaders described their decision to launch a self-designed recycling program, and they provided tips for businesses planning to start similar programs.
“We’re committed to the iCare program and it’s exciting to be in a magazine that reaches amusement parks and attractions worldwide,” said Barb Krumm, director of marketing and public relations at Ocean Lakes. “It’s also exciting to be able to report that the amount of recyclables we have collected has grown to 90 tons since the program’s inception. We feel it is a good start and are committed to expanding our efforts.”
In January, as part of the program, the campground added an Apricus solar panel to the roof of an existing bathhouse to solar heat the water for 12 shower stalls and the sinks. Most recently, Ocean Lakes became the first resort in the Myrtle Beach area to dedicate a truck and manpower to collect and haul its own recyclables to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Horry County. This was the latest addition in a program that cuts down on pet pollution by providing iCare kits for guests and makes gloves and bags accessible at iCare stations for individuals to pick up litter along the beach.
“We’re proud that our teammates and guests have responded so well to these programs,” Krumm said. “It’s very gratifying to have FUNWORLD and others acknowledge Ocean Lakes’ leadership on environmental issues and to help us spread the word about how other parks and attractions can do this too.”