It’s been interesting watching camping and hiking news this year to see that there seems to be a lot of effort to get kids and families involved with the outdoors. That’s a good thing in my opinion. Although it may just be my perception it seems like we lost a generation or so to the woods to things like video games, a packed sports and social schedule and parents work schedules. It’s nice to see an effort being put in to get folks to slow down, get back to the woods and just relax unplugged from the Net and wired world for a while.
With that said, the current article I’m looking at is from Gazette.net in Maryland and is about a summer camp that teaches kids how to camp. Seems like am oxymoron at first but they have kids in a controlled summer camp setting where they can teach them the basics like fire starting, how to set up a tent, how to plan camp menu’s etc. While I suspect many of us just learned those things in the field with our parents or Scout troops I can’t fault the program if its getting kids interested in the outdoors and teaching them what they need to know. Who knows, maybe a week intensive course before really hitting the woods is a better way to go? Regardless, any effort to get kids away from the TV and into the woods is good to go with me.