Alton L. Collins Director Rev. Dan Benson shared this article and it deeply resonated with me. I wonder if you have any ideas about where we can solve the problem of people spending too much time programmed and inside? I've got six of them: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center, Camp Latgawa, Camp Magruder, Sawtooth Camp, Suttle Lake Camp, and Wallowa Lake Camp! Come and experience getting outdoors for yourself!
One of the things I found out was that most people are not that happy when they are at work. They’re happiest when they are on vacations, with friends, making or listening to music. One of the surprising finds was that they’re also very, very happy when they are outside.
The epidemic dislocation from the outdoors, as I call it, has been occurring for the last several decades but has gone very little remarked upon. Children, adults, we are all spending vastly less amounts of time outside than we used to. For example, 70 percent of today’s mothers in the U.S. recalled playing outdoors every day as children but only 26 percent of them say their kids play outside daily. That’s a huge change. After school, kids used to come home, meet up with their friends, and go run around the neighborhood. I used to do that. Now kids are totally scheduled. If they are outside, it’s with adults in some organized sporting activity. There’s not that free, exploratory play that a lot of experts think children need in order to gain a strong sense of themselves and learn social skills and problem solving.
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