Nature Noticing Excursions: Making Connections at Camp through Seeing, Story, and Drawing

In the November/December 2015 issue of Camping Magazine, I wrote about a phenomenon I called Noticing Deficit Disorder (NDD), a culturally induced form of vision loss and nature blindness, which I believe camp can help cure. Those with NDD will frequently walk down a street and completely fail to notice, much less appreciate, the beauty of the natural world around them. Invariably, they are too distracted by their hand-held digital devices.

No Child Left Inside Act - Reintroduced

On December 10, 2015 - President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act which contains the provisions included below in the No Child Left Inside Act.  Find more information about the Every Student Succeeds Act.

ACA Nature Education

The American Camp Association (ACA) believes that young people benefit emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually from spending time in close contact with the natural world. This critical connection is essential to healthy development. ACA provides a variety of resources for camps and other youth program providers interested in connecting children and families with nature. 

Nature Resources for Camps and Families

Connecting with Nature

"Camp is a time to explore, a time to let your brain grow, and a time to connect with the outside." 

In this video blog, former ACA CEO Tom Holland explains the benefits of getting outside at camp. Camp not only provides children with an opportunity to get active, it also provides an opportunity for today's kids to get outside and forge a connection with the natural world. Camp allows kids to get outside, get dirty, and learn about nature.

Los regalos naturales de los campamentos

Cuando estaba en la escuela secundaria, todos los veranos mi amigo Pete Sebring desaparecía durante unas semanas para ir a un campamento al oeste de Colorado Springs. A mí me disgustaba. Para mí, esas semanas húmedas de julio en Kansas se hacían eternas, y después volvía Pete contando sus aventuras —como si hubiera estado en el país de las mil maravillas alpino.