An indoor (or backseat) childohood does reduce some dangers to children; but other risks rare heightened, including risks to physcial and psychological health, risk to the child's concept and perception of community, risk to self-confiidence and the ability to discern true danger—and beauty.
USA Today published a piece recently listing the 10 Best Cities for Urban Forests, based on which cities have the most parkland per capita and which do the most to create green spaces and make them accessible to the public. And—guess what—New York is one of them, with a surprising 19.5% parkland! Besides New York, cities that made the list are Austin, Charlotte, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Portland, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
Isn't camping supposed to be about getting away from the idiocies of "civilization"? Not according to Iowa State Senator Merlin Bartz, who says that campgrounds should segregate LGBT families, and only allow straight people to have access to designated family camping areas.
Do kids from "different" families deserve to be deprived? Don't let stupid bigotry come between people and nature. Read the article on Change.org and take action!
Today's NY Times Well column reports that "The best way to improve children's performance in the classroom may be to take them out of it.... "The researchers found that a dose of nature worked as well as a dose of medication to improve concentration, or even better."
But we knew that already :-)
The annual "Great American Backyard Campout" is Saturday, June 23rd. Probably not coincidentally, NYC's Cub Scouts will be camping on the Brooklyn Cyclones' outfield at Keyspan Park in Coney Island.
Here's the website for the Great American Backyard Campout if you want more information.