Finding joy in the outdoors since 1988
What would the world be like if every kid had the opportunity to camp, hike, hunt, fish, or boat in the outdoors? What would my life be like if I hadn't of gone fishing with dad or sat in that cold stand when I was a kid? Better yet what if we could get kids if only just once to be amazed by the outdoors and see it as the valuable adventure escape it is? Here's what I'm thinking.
Maybe one effect would be outside related interests. We can grab kids from the couch and get them to play outside and explore and find adventures the old fashioned way.
I believe that an outdoor activity of any kind (Kayaking, rock climbing, fly fishing, hunting, hiking) is much needed time to relax and take things in. Think how active these young minds would be while feeling less stressed and completing tasks for fun around camp.
Camping has been a very positive social interaction for children. Remember meeting new kids cruising around on their bikes? Playing made-up games by the lake? Hide and seek after dinners in the evening? Catching fireflies as a team to make the ultimate nature lantern? It's about nature, it's about people, it's a childhood memory I cherish.
Way cooler Facebook posts
Seriously, it's about time to end the reign of FB posts of today and flush it instead with the positive imagery/experience the outdoors has to offer. I'd rather see the view from the top of the mountain than what you're having for dinner...
No better way to be forced to hang with loved ones and come up with creative fun to be had. We sit down and eat dinner together and go on camping trips as a family.
The Decline of the Selfie
Sorry Snapchat, it's time for nature to take the place of "duck lips". How about a stream filled with views of mountains, kids holding fish, high fiving at the end of that hard hike, and laughing by the fire.
Conservation Minded America
Imagine the positive effects of a nation filled with those who care about nature and the environment. Imagine how much healthier we would be, no trash laying on the ground. Responsible uses of resources alone would improve probably many other facets of society, maybe money wouldn't matter as much.
If more people invested themselves in the beauty of the outdoors our waters, land, and forests would quickly be put to the top of the priority list. Instead of money being flushed in plastic entertainment it would instead be put into restoring streams, planting trees, creating more public accessible lands and keeping animal populations up to par.
Kids growing up to love the outdoors would induce a butterfly effect of nature being taken care of or even better left alone. Building project and community expansions would slow down or stop, agriculture could practice safer methods and hopefully farmers could afford to do so.
If you're wondering where to start or you think the gear is too expensive, don't fool yourself, a cheap tent and an open mind will get your little ones exploring, laughing, and gaining memories they won't forget. Now that I think about it all those funny, great times had at camp are really some of the shining gems I can recall with my family. Don't fall victim of the technology pandemic, have some real non-automated fun!
Robbie is the creator of WF and loves to spend time in the outdoors chasing steelhead, upland birds, and the beauty of nature.