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Schools

Boys & Girls Clubs

Teen Centers

Community Centers

Scouts

Ethnic Groups

Libraries

 

kids love it!
MONEY MANAGEMENT TRAINING
Are kids really interested in learning about money management?  OMG, yes!
We have kids skip other classes to attend our training sessions! 
Class disruptors turn into class enforcers!
Teachers, parents & other mentors all say the same thing:
"I wish I had this training when I was young."
INTRODUCTIONS TO OUTDOOR PASSIONS
Kids go bananas!
For some, sparking an interest in an outdoor activity leads to a hobby, for others a career, and for all a greater appreciation of nature.  
the impact we're having
George and his team were amazing teachers with a wealth of knowledge and patience that made the experience an unforgettable one for both me and my son.
- Regina Montefeltri, Single Parent

 

The kids loved George and immediately wanted him back.

He kept them fully engaged and did a great job simplifying what for many is a complicated topic.

- Christina Byther, Teacher, Westbrook High School Compass Academy

My son left the experience being the happiest I had seen him in a long while.
On the way home he commented, “This was the best day ever!”
- Simone Yamauchi, Single Parent
If it weren’t for my dad introducing me to the great outdoors, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
I don’t think there’s anything more valuable, more life changing, than getting kids off electronics and into nature.  And there’s so much here in our backyard that most kids never discover.
- Joe Capozza, Volunteer
I was interested in everything he talked about and would like him to come back.
- 9th Grade Student
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why we introduce kids to outdoor passions

The Social Media Addiction, Its Consequences & Our Solution

The world of social media has overtaken and effectively replaced our natural world and is having a devastating impact on our kids. Anxiety, depression & suicide have skyrocketed due to this total disconnection from nature and unprecedented lack of human connnectivity.  

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What happens when kids are on electronics for over 7 hrs a day?

  • Unprecedented Childhood Anxiety, Depression & Suicide – The suicide rate among girls aged 10 to 14 years tripled from 1999 through 2014.

  • Unprecedented Childhood Obesity & Diabetes – Childhood obesity has increased for four decades. In 1980, about 5 percent of the country’s children were obese, now that number is hovering at 20%  - a 400% increase!

  • Unprecedented Lack of Human Connectivity – Human interactions have been decimated. Even when individuals are physically close together, they are virtually far apart because of their inability to separate themselves from their mobile devices.

  • Unprecedented Need for Environmental Stewardship – How can we expect our future leaders to protect the environment when so many are never exposed?  

Is it really any surprise?

The Benefits of the Outdoors 

 

National Parks & Rec

Children today spend less time outdoors than any other generation, devoting only four to seven minutes to unstructured outdoor play per day while spending an average of seven and a half hours in front of electronic media. As a result, child obesity has reached unprecedented levels and continues to rise. Children are carrying this sedentary lifestyle and a disconnection with nature into adulthood which creates a troubling national trend for the future of conservation, our economy, and the health and wellness of our communities.

 

Portland Press Herald

 

The outdoors has been more than just a way to get out of the house; it is a reminder of deep ties that make us feel alive, more authentically connected with others, more linked to the natural landscape we call Maine.  If the outdoors has been this critically important to adults, it’s doubly so for youth. Even before the pandemic, youth were in need: The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that young teens spend an average of nine hours per day on a screen and, according to social scientists, fewer than 10 minutes outdoors. Research shows that in addition to serving the mental and physical well-being of youth, learning outdoors brings academic benefits, including enhanced critical thinking skills and improved test results.  When youth have the opportunity to spend significant time outside, they benefit now and in the future.

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