Can you imagine 70+ kids singing ‘I am the Future’? Or dancing to ‘Up Your Watershed’? Or creating eco-art masterpieces? Or picking vegetables to make salad for each other?
That’s the power of ECO-BLAST, a week-long summer camp hosted by the Fresh Outlook Foundation in partnership with Boys & Girls Club of Kamloops. Campers aged 5-12 will learn to connect with nature through song, art, and hands-on nature experiences. They will also learn about resource protection and urban gardening from local industry experts. The weeklong camp culminates in a concert showcasing what campers learned and created.
Research shows that children who interact regularly with nature are happier, healthier, and more likely to help protect our precious planet than those who don’t. Why then, are children disappearing from the outdoors at a rate that would put them at the top of any endangered species list? Experts suggest that urbanization is the primary culprit. Studies prove that kids who are disconnected from nature are often isolated, sedentary, and reliant on technology for information and entertainment. This ‘nature deficit disorder’ can cause loneliness, obesity, addictions to electronic devices, and a lack of appreciation for the wonder of nature.
But when nature is celebrated through eco-education and enhanced through the sensory stimulation provided by music, movement, and creative expression, children learn to connect with themselves, nature, and each other. In the short term, the outcomes are magical and memorable; in the long term, the impacts are meaningful and momentous!
Eco-Blast is a great way to involved children in taking care of their local community and beyond. Thank you. – Parent of a past Eco-Blast camper
All ECO-BLAST activities, therefore, are designed to engage children emotionally through age-appropriate activities that will ultimately contribute to behaviour change individually, and in families, neighbourhoods, and communities.
August 18th-22nd, 2014
Day camp at the McArthur Island Boys and Girls Club, 9am-3pm
- Age-appropriate activities for kids from 5-12
- Ecological songs inspired and taught by the highly acclaimed Artist Response Team
- Eco-art inspired and taught by local experts
- Hands-on nature experiences
- Interactive teachings on soil, water, energy, and waste
- Locally grown and/or organic lunches, snacks, and beverages
August 22nd, 2014
Concert at the McArthur Island Boys and Girls Club, 6pm
- Performance of ecological songs learned during the camp
- Display of art created by campers
I had a lot of fun at Eco-Blast! When can we go again? – a past participant
- $149/child includes all materials, snacks, and lunches
- Partial scholarships available
- Register starting May 15th by contacting the Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops.
The Fresh Outlook Foundation’s passion is “inspiring community conversations for sustainable change.” To that end, it hosts highly acclaimed and hugely popular events such as the Building SustainABLE Communities conference, REEL CHANGE SustainAbility Film Fest, Thompson-Okanagan Climate Action Exchange, Breakfast of Champions, and Women 4 SustainAbility.
For more information visit www.freshoutlookfoundation.org.