As we have started the new year our energies shift to planning for our 68th summer of camp programs here at North Shore Country Day School. Far more fun to think about warm summer days outside than talk about the wintery cold just outside the office. During the summer months our mantra of “Get Outside and Play” has held true for the generations of campers and staff who have spent their summers at North Shore. We are looking forward to planning another summer filled with outdoor activities. But this week we took pause to consider a bit more about getting outside and playing throughout the year and how it could benefit us all.
This week the American Camp Association shared an interview by Florence Williams, author of the book, The Nature Fix. The article, “The Restorative Powers of Nature” https://goo.gl/kYVXE5 In this interview Ms. Williams talks about the benefits we receive each day from time spent in the outdoors. In reading the article and learning about her findings, we affirm our belief that being outside is great for the social, emotional and physical development of our campers and staff.
Even though the thermometer outside reads wintry temperatures, Ms. Williams interview is a reminder to our summer staff to “Get Outside and Play”. No worries, we’ll put on our winter coats, gloves and hats and enjoy all the great benefits of nature and time outside!