ROCKLAND, ME – Local youth mentoring group, Trekkers, joins the “Get Into Nature” initiative as one of a number of applications supported by the National Recreation Foundation made potential by the beneficiant assist of Tom’s of Maine. The purpose of the three-year, $3 million Get Into Nature initiative, which began in 2021, is to present funding for outside recreation tasks geared toward giving kids in all places equitable entry to nature, like Trekkers.
“At Tom’s of Maine we believe that our children are the generation that will create a healthy, sustainable, thriving future for our planet. But first, we must ensure they are able to experience and enjoy nature – especially those who don’t have easy access to the outdoors,” stated Michelle Waring, Steward for Sustainability and Everyday Good at Tom’s of Maine. “We are proud of our Get Into Nature initiative with National Recreation Foundation that invests in the meaningful work of organizations like Trekkers, bringing the power and magic of nature to young people across the country.”
Kids spend as a lot as 95 % of their time indoors, in accordance to a examine from National Recreation and Park Association. Outdoor-based applications like Trekkers create alternatives for young people to develop into extra acquainted with nature, which has a myriad of psychological and bodily well being advantages. Some 87 % of kids who play and discover outdoors are extra probably to cherish, defend and take care of nature after they develop up, in accordance to a examine from Frontiers in Psychology.
Trekkers is a six-year mentoring program, whose mission is to help college students construct expertise in resilience, relationships, and aspirations in order that they’ll thrive as adults. The journey begins outdoors. Students take part seventh grade and kind a workforce of friends. After orientations, these new Trekkers embark on a three-day tenting journey to Acadia National Park to canoe, hike, rock climb and camp, constructing foundational expertise and relationships, along with pupil leaders, volunteer mentors, and workers. Teams proceed to meet, plan journeys, journey collectively, do neighborhood service, find out about cultures and views, and discover targets and profession paths – constructing life expertise like reflection, empathy, and curiosity in studying. (Learn extra about Trekkers impression right here.)
This previous May the most recent seventh grade workforce, Team Katmai, launched into their Acadia Expedition. Program Manager, TJ, stories, “The students made me laugh out loud so many times a day! The hike was filled with incredible stories, riddles, songs, and games. When rock climbing, every single person – students and leaders – did something to challenge themselves, even if that was harnessing up or repelling down the side of the cliff. Students came out of their shells, made connections with each other and leaders, tried new and difficult things, and overall, had FUN.”
After the journey, college students answered a brief nameless survey. All college students stated they tried one thing new, and the overwhelming majority (84 %) stated they pushed themselves outdoors their consolation zone. Hiking and mountain climbing had been most reported as the most important problem, but 78 % of college students agreed that they had been extra focused on spending time in nature.
When college students have alternatives to discover open air, it could possibly develop into a spot of private and shared progress. In only one weekend, college students practiced bodily problem (like mountaineering), workforce collaboration (like establishing a tent), studying about pure sources (like water use for laundry camp dishes), and exercised company and duty (to pack and handle tools). Trekkers is grateful for Tom’s of Maine and National Recreation Foundation’s collaboration in offering these life-changing alternatives for youth. Learn extra about Trekkers by visiting trekkers.org.
Trekkers is a nonprofit that’s made potential by the beneficiant assist and participation of the neighborhood. Its mission is to domesticate the inherent strengths of young people by the facility of long-term mentoring relationships. Rooted in the neighborhood, it has operated in Midcoast Maine since 1994.
Trekkers applications are open to college students in seventh by twelfth graders inside its six-town service space and the Trekkers Training Institute provides skilled growth and teaching to youth practitioners throughout the state. Learn extra at trekkers.org.