Friday, October 31, 2014

Take a Kid Canoe Camping!

"Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them."  The Audubon Nature Preschool
We need more kids in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Families are the future of canoeing and discovery will pave the way with paddles held high.  At Piragis Northwoods Company we value this future and nurture its growth each summer.  That’s why we stock things like drop in seats and kid’s paddles.  That’s why we make sure the old T-grip no-nonsense straight shaft paddle is available — so that kids can feel like they belong in the canoe and are a vital part of the trip.
No one wants to feel like extra baggage.  Kids don’t want to be in the way, they want to be part of everything.  They have a deep and burning desire to learn by way of application.  Discover by doing.  They want to help pack, carry stuff, and set up tents and equipment.  Most of all they want to explore.
Kids make great ambassadors for wilderness camping too, because you better believe they’ll tell their friends!

I love this picture because you can tell my friend’s daughters are having fun.  They packed fun clothes to have a fun time and they got the most out of their trip.  The colors reflected from the sun on the water behind them deliver the beauty of Summer’s waning hours.
If you’ve got questions about taking a family trip we are happy to help you plan it.  There are family-friendly routes for all ages and we have guides that can make your first trip into the Boundary Waters a smashing success if you want to go that route :)
Most of all we want to say, take courage, introduce your kids to the Boundary Waters early and they’ll thank you for it later.  They’ll find adventure around every bend and under every rock.  In the middle of it all, they’ll discover a love for canoeing, camping and wilderness in ways that we could never hope to pass on through suggestion or encouragement.
They fall in love with the outdoors by experiencing it.
Call Drew or Adam today to talk family trips with the Outfitting guys at Piragis Northwoods Company.  1-800-223-6565
Let’s try to change this mostly true assessment of our times by Wendell Berry:

"Our Children no longer learn how to read the great book of Nature from their own direct experience, or how to interact creatively with the seasonal transformations of the planet. They seldom learn where their water come from or where it goes. We no longer coordinate our human celebration with the great liturgy of the heavens."

1 comment:

Jim Landwehr said...

Well stated. That's been a tenet of mine for a long time. Get kids outdoors at an early age and they'll be hooked for life. You only get one chance. Nicely done!