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Kids need Kiwanis and KIDS NEED NATURE

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. –Alice Walker

In life we are so very often faced with self-doubt and rejection. The world can be cruel and unforgiving. We may hope that childhood is safe, secure, and nurturing but youth, unfortunately, are not often protected from the challenges and risks of humanity. In fact, they are all the more vulnerable as they lack the perspective and coping skills to manage many of life’s storms.

Kamp Kiwanis is a dose of what can help youth get away from some of all that glitters and shines and beeps and take a look at what is both fragile and strong….broken but whole….vulnerable and exposed but strong and resilient.

Helping kids to look up, look out, and look beyond is something that can be achieved in this special place. Helping kids listen to hearts and not to technology is a challenge and Kamp Kiwanis can get us a bit closer.

You can connect to our future by helping a kid disconnect a bit to what is unhealthy today. Speak with us soon about creative ways to use this gift and resource to help our youth know just how special, valuable, and beautiful they are!


A young child’s connection with Nature can be as simple as sitting under a big old tree, listening to the chirp of crickets or gathering up acorns in a baseball cap. Spending time in nature has many positive benefits. Learning to listen to sounds around us in the open spaces. Children who have opportunities made for them to play and learn in nature are more likely to:

  • Handle challenges and problems capably
  • Act responsibly toward Earth and to each other
  • Be more physically active and less likely to be obese
  • Have a greater appreciation of the arts, music and good literature
  • Choose science for a career
  • Become an environmentally aware adult

If I had a wishing well, I would bless each child with a sense or Wonder. Inviting them to ask

HOW? And WHY? And even WHY NOT?

Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp offers some of these magical attributes we can pour into all children. The children and youth from your town and from the world.

Remember Kids Need Kiwanis!


[Editor’s note. Submissions are not limited to Kamp Kiwanis. Other MO-ARK Subjects are welcome. But Kamp Kiwanis did make the first submission.]

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