Remember the joy of being a child and the simple pleasure of rolling around in the grass, discovering flowers, and climbing trees?
A child growing up in the big city might not, but you can help a city child experience the power and the beauty of nature this summer… and it will only take a moment of your time.
The Fresh Air Fund operates five camps in New York where 3,000 lucky kids get a break from New York City life. Lakes, ponds, streams, hiking trails, woods… bountiful nature!
The children get to go fishing, hiking, boating, and engage in all sorts of games and crafts. They also get a dose of responsibility by sharing chores and learning leadership skills.
What would life be without the occasional adventure with mother nature? The memories they create this summer will last a lifetime.
For some of these children, it will not only be their first real experience with nature, but their first time away from home.
They could use a dose of encouragement and perhaps you could send them off to camp armed with a few words of wisdom.
Please join me in sending a brief note of encouragement to this year’s summer adventurers. Tell them about your experiences with nature and let them know just how much fun they will have.
Camp begins on June 29, so please take a few minutes right now to send that message.
I never went to camp as a kid, but the woods were my playground. The kids in my neighborhood gave little thought to our surroundings. It was simply a part of our existence to study insects, discover interesting plant life, and climb trees.
We rubbed buttercups under our chin, although I don’t recall what that was supposed to indicate. We made jewelry out of dandelion stems after we blew the seeds and watched them scatter in the wind. We made mud pies and we got dirty.
We felt the sun, the wind, the rain, and the snow on our skin. And it was good.
I can’t imagine a child growing up without experiencing some of those things for at least one summer. That’s what I’m going to tell them in my note. What will you tell them?
Please Take Action Today! Help a Child Enjoy a Nature Experience
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