August 06, 2014 at 1:46pm
I really love the idea of children being able to learn about the wilderness/outdoors. I have worked with children for many years, and I feel it is an imperative part of their development to learn about their surroundings outside of being in a classroom or surrounded by technology. Understanding about the different species of wildlife like birds, fish and trees and doing things like kayaking and cooking over an open fire teaches basic survival skills at a young age through this camp. This camp also fosters a sense of appreciation for the world around us, which is good because so many of our youth are stuck doing things that do not involve them being outdoors in the beautiful world that surrounds us. We often take advantage of our earth, and with a camp like this, youth are able to learn of its beauty and how beneficial it is to us. This leads them to not take part things like littering or other things that deteriorate the wilderness. I also like the fact that it gets them active. So many children are out of shape at a young age. They stay indoors, dependent on technology like computers and cell phones and do not get physically active. This gave youth an opportunity to be physically fit for a week, and it probably fostered good habits for the future because they did it in a fun manner.