Soon after reading Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder for the first time a few years ago, there was an incident in our camp garden. A group of elementary-age campers were helping to harvest some carrots. One camper in particular was totally overwhelmed to learn that these orange root vegetables grew in the ground and that after a quick rinse in the back sink of Chauncey Dining Hall he could eat one! (Incidentally, he loved that carrot.)
Louv is quick to point out that the “term [nature-deficit disorder] is by no means a medical diagnosis, but it does offer a way to think about the problem and the possibilities—for children, and for the rest of us as well.” The pages that follow give voice to the importance of replacing screen time with intentional, unfettered time in the great outdoors. But the book isn’t just about the “why”, it also provides the “how”—the practical steps we adults can take to help encourage the youngsters in our lives to discover a whole new and extremely beneficial natural world first hand.
We fully admit that we have a bias when it comes to this topic (as getting people outdoors into God’s Creation is a primary principle of our mission), but we think you’ll find this book to not only be informational, but a powerful call to action as well!
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