Posts Tagged ‘OBS Challenge’

Benefits of Outdoor Time

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Last week we participated in the Outdoor Blogger Summit Challenge, which was to post stories and ideas about the outdoors and how to get more people to play outside. OBS has posted the results, and it is pretty interesting to read other people’s ideas.

The OBS is all about getting people outside and supporting other blogs (such as Sanborn Western Camps) in their efforts to spread the word about benefits to being outside and in nature. It is always nice for us to hear about other people who encourage time outside.

There are so many people affected by snow right now – roads closed, airports closed, schools closed, work closed, have to shovel, stores closed. Instead of looking at the negatives, think about all the fun that you can have in the snow. We just posted these ideas about Snow Storm Fun.

What are your favorite outdoor snow activities?

Playing in the snow with your children is beneficial to you and them. You all get fresh air, time to use your imagination, spend time together when everyone is usually so busy, fun exercise, nature awareness. What is better than an excuse to play in the snow with children?!

Why We Need Summer Camp

Friday, February 5th, 2010

A list of statistics – mostly scary, a few encouraging
• 80 % of us population live in urban areas where parks, playgrounds, and playing fields are limited.

• Video games, iPods, cell phones, social networking sites, Computers/internet, TV, and Malls consume us. Getting lost in a “sea of technology.”

• A 2002 study showed that 8-year-olds could identify 25 percent more Pokemon characters than wildlife species.

• Between 1997 and 2003, the proportion of children ages 9 to 12 who spent time hiking, walking, fishing, playing on the beach or gardening declined 50 percent, according to a university of Maryland study.

• 30 percent of teenagers did not participate in any outdoor nature activity at all this past summer. Another 17 percent engaged only once in an outdoor activity like camping, hiking, or backpacking.

• Between 1995-2005, overnight stays in national parks declined by 20% and backpacking stays dropped 24%.

• Missing out on a huge enrichment of their lives: attention spans, physical health and mental health, to stress levels, creativity, cognitive skills, low-self esteem, obesity.

• Experts predict modern kids will be the first since the second World War to have poorer health than parents-and they say a lack of outside play is surely part of it.

• Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder were much improved by time in nature.

• Being outside will cement the love, respect and need for the landscape.

• The stress of the computers is replacing breaking an arm as a childhood rite of passage.

• REI CEO says, “ the company’s major competition doesn’t come from other outdoor stores, it’s with the video screen.”

• The average child spends 35 hours a week watching T.V. or computer.

• A child is six times more likely to play a video game on a typical day than to ride a bike.

• One in three American youth between 10-17 is overweight or obese.

• Obesity among 12-19 more than doubled, and it tripled for children ages 6-11 in a 2003 study.

We find children are very happy to be outside, learn about nature, and disconnect from technology without computers, televisions, and cell phones at camp. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, swimming, and camping are just a few of the ways we reconnect children with nature.

What do you do outside?

A Fun Day Outside

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
I was reading the Outdoor Bloggers Summit a couple of weeks ago and saw an OBS challenge was starting February 1. The challenge sounded easy enough: The Challenge will be called “How to Get Everyone to Play Outdoors”. To participate in the challenge, all you have to do is write a post about how to get people to play outdoors. And it was very much inline with what we try to accomplish with the Sanborn blog.
Here we are now at the week of February 1. Where to start with this topic? We have posted 9 times about nature activities, 4 about camp activities, 5 children activities, 15 children and nature, 8 outdoor education, 3 outdoor play movement, and the list goes on. Reading our archives is a good place to start, but it is much more fun
We are devoting this week to the OBS challenge. Check back each day for personal stories about being outdoors, activities to do with your children outside, and the benefits of being outside.
Just a quick story to kick off the week:
I went riding with a friend this weekend on a mission – check for fence to repair and look for a couple of hiding horses. I wasn’t looking forward to fixing fence on a Saturday; however, it was a beautiful day and I always love to ride. It turned out to be one of my best weekend days in a few weeks.
I can’t even count the number of times I have taken that trail, but it was different this time. The snow was still new enough that we saw quite a few tracks – rabbit, jackrabbit, coyote, bird, mouse, and a porcupine. It is quite entertaining making up stories about where the tracks are coming from and going. I found animals in the few scattered clouds. The sun was bright and just made us happy. While we both typically have a lot to say, we were very happy riding in the peace of the outdoors, enjoying the beauty that is Colorado.
The work was easy, the company great, and most importantly it helped me appreciate the wonderful place we live.
What have you done outside recently?