National Wildlife Federation's Be Out There Movement Announces Partnership With The American Camp Association

NWF teams up with the American Camp Association

05-14-2013 // Christina Batcheler
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National Wildlife Federation (NWF), whose mission is inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American Camp Association (ACA). Through this partnership, NWF and ACA will promote the importance of reconnecting families with the outdoors, particularly through Be Out There’s Great American Backyard Campout, which encourages families across the nation to gather outdoors and camp on June 22, 2013.

"NWF and ACA are committed to getting millions more children to play outdoors on a regular basis. This relationship is a win for American kids, because together we will help families raise healthier and happier children who have a lifelong commitment to protecting wildlife and the natural world," said Meri-Margaret Deoudes, vice president of Be Out There at NWF. "Through this new partnership, ACA will help NWF's Be Out There movement share resources that inspire parents to make nature a part of their family's everyday lives."

Studies show that children who spend more time outside are more likely to live an active lifestyle, maintain a healthier body weight, are less likely to be near-sighted, have higher vitamin D levels, display more empathy and less stress, have better mental health and have increased attention spans and improved critical thinking skills. In addition, when kids fail to get quality time playing and exploring outside in different kinds of weather, they fail to develop a close relationship with nature and an appreciation for the different seasons and what they contribute to the world around us.

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“Forming an educational alliance with NWF is another way ACA is working to get kids outdoors, reaping the benefits and enjoyment of outdoor experiences. NWF and ACA want to work together to see that children, youth, and families continue to have access today — and tomorrow — to the outdoors. Quality camp experiences often center on nature and the outdoors, which research has shown to give children and youth lasting social, emotional, and cognitive gains,” said Peg Smith, ACA’s chief executive officer.

ACA’s extensive research includes findings about the impact of nature experiences on children at camp, as well as program quality assessment, business operations, and outcomes such as leadership, friendship skills, and responsibility. Visit www.ACAcamps.org/research.

About NWF

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is America’s largest conservation organization, inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. The organization seeks solutions to reduce the impact of climate change, protects and restores wildlife habitat, and connects people of all ages with nature. For more information, please visit: www.nwf.org.

Be Out There™ is NWF’s movement to reconnect families with the outdoors. NWF’s practical tools and information help make being outside a fun, healthy and automatic part of everyday life.. For other helpful resources and to learn more about NWF’s goal to get 10 million more kids spending regular time in the great outdoors, visit: www.BeOutThere.org. For more National Wildlife Federation news, visit: www.nwf.org/news.

About ACA

The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 290 health and safety standards. For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org.
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