Nature deficit disorder is a term Richard Louv coined in his magnificent book Last Child in the Woods and refers to the trend that children are less connected to nature, resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems. It turns out that summer camp is a great antidote for nature deficit disorder.
I want to share with you the wonderful article, “Summer Camp: An Antidote to Nature-Deficit Disorder“, by our new friend Suz Lipman, who is also the Social Media Director for the Children & Nature Network.
In the article Suz writes that the American Camp Association (ACA) surveyed camp directors and they agreed that:
“Camp plays a more important role today in fostering children’s connection to nature than in the past.”
In the article, Peg L. Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association, makes the important point: “While children have fewer and fewer opportunities to be outdoors, the camp experience advances the outdoor learning environment.”
I think this proves that kids need camps now more than ever. Let’s end nature deficit disorder. We need to be saving camps, maybe even creating new camps, not disposing of them.
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