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Putting Boys Where They Belong: In the Outdoors. Outdoor Involvement 2010 Presented by: Mr. Zachary D. Jones. A Developing Problem. Childhood obesity on the rise Attention disorders increasing Depression in youth Diminished Social Skills Lack of respect for nature . Three Main Causes.

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putting boys where they belong in the outdoors

Putting Boys Where They Belong: In the Outdoors

Outdoor Involvement 2010

Presented by: Mr. Zachary D. Jones

a developing problem
A Developing Problem
  • Childhood obesity on the rise
  • Attention disorders increasing
  • Depression in youth
  • Diminished Social Skills
  • Lack of respect for nature
three main causes
Three Main Causes
  • Parental fears
  • Restricted access to natural areas
  • The appeal of graphic technologies
how you can help your child
How You Can Help Your Child
  • Team sports - a good start
  • Outdoor organizations – e.g. Boy Scouts
  • Encourage outdoor PLAY with friends
  • Be active yourself
  • Engage in outdoor activities as a family
introducing your boy to nature
Introducing Your Boy to Nature
  • Go on a bike ride together
  • Go fishing together
  • Go on a family camping trip
  • Send him to summer camp
  • DON’T let your fears hold him back
outdoor organizations for boys
Outdoor Organizations for Boys
  • Cub Scouts – Ages 7-10
  • Boy Scouts of America – Ages 10-18
  • Venture Crews – Coed – Ages 14-20
  • 4-H – Coed – Ages 5-18
  • Church youth groups
equipping play in nature
Equipping PLAY in Nature
  • Buy him a bike
  • A cheapo fishing pole
  • Scrap materials to build a “Fort”
  • Cardboard boxes can become anything
  • Get a family pet – e.g. dog, cat
  • Feeling Really Adventurous?:
  • Give him a sling shot
where is nature
Where is Nature
  • Parks
  • Neighborhood back yards
  • Vacant lots
  • Streams, creeks, cricks, and ponds
  • Everywhere Outside
the boy scout outdoor involvement picnic
The Boy Scout Outdoor Involvement Picnic

Boys ages 9-15

and families

Sunset Park

850 McKee St.State College, PA

Sunday, September 4th

For more information Call: 814-237-1111

further reads for parents
Further Reads for Parents

Last Child in the Woods:

Saving Our Children

from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Web of Life:

Weaving the Values That Sustain Us

Children and nature:

psychological, sociocultural, and evolutionary investigations