"Without continuous hands-on experience, it is impossible for children to acquire a deep intuitive understanding of the natural world that is the foundation of sustainable development.......A critical aspect of the present-day crisis in education is that children are becoming separated from daily experience of the natural world, especially in larger cities."
Creating Environments for Rediscovering
Nature's Way of Teaching
~Robin C. Moore~
~Herb H. Wong~
What is the purpose of this quote?
- Is it to just be clever?......................NOPE!
- Is it to just be inspiring?...................NOPE!
- Is it just simply about kids?................NOPE!
- Is it just simply about education?............NOPE!
- Is it about one thing?..............NOPE!
- Is it related to Scouting?............YEP!
Our youth are no longer living in a SOCIETY that places VALUE on the importance of using the natural world as a TEACHER! This should scare everyone because the BEST teacher is EXPERIENCE and EXPERIENCE is the ONLY way to LEARN about the natural world. Ultimately learning about the natural HELPS our youth by:
- Learning about Pain: Pain is UNCOMFORTABLE and UNSETTLING but it's required to build CONFIDENCE and RESILIENCE!
- Developing the Mind: Developing your mind leads to increased REASONING and CRITICAL THINKING skills!
- Developing the Body: You only get 1 body so learning how to EAT HEALTHY and stay PHYSICALLY ACTIVE is absolutely mandatory!
- Developing the Spirit: While attending church or a religious gathering is ONE way to develop the spirit it is not the ONLY way to do so. The spirit is BEST experienced in NATURE because you are close to MANY different LIVING THINGS!
To sum up this post in one short statement:
"Get our youth outdoors, no matter the length or difficulty,
and they will astonish you in regards to what they learn!"
Yours in Scouting Service
Troop 1316- Eklutna District; Troop 669- Tustumena District;
Program Committee; Training Committee; Camping Committee;
NSJ2005 Participant- Youth QM; NSJ2010 Subcamp 7 Staff;
NSJ2013 Extreme Sports Staff; WSJ2007 Youth QM; WSJ2011 IST;
Eagle Scout; OA Nanuk Lodge; Philmont A2008; 2010 NYLT Staff;
If you are paid to do Scouting, you are called a Professional. If you are not paid to do Scouting you are called a Volunteer. If you pay to do Scouting, then you are called a Scouter.