Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Instilling Awe for Nature
Re: Instilling Awe for Nature
Fri, 13 Aug 1999 19:35:42 EDT
> Jim Peterson asked :
> <<<If a deep appreciation of nature is a learned behavior,
> do any of you have "tricks" or certain programs that you
> present that you think help instill this appreciation? Is
> the program ongoing and organized or does it just
> "happen" via scouting activities? Any thoughts?>>>
In the words of President Johnson, "If you've seen one tree,
you've seen them all." For many, it's difficult to appreciate
what you don't understand.
Image being plunked down in front of a sporting event without
understanding the objective of the game, the rules or scoring.
It would get boring fast.
Some kids need an introduction to the outdoors. They need
to understand a bit about what they are seeing. The first time
you look carefully in a pond and discover tadpoles or a salamander,
the kids start to get excited. Show them a snake, and they are
I started my kids out with identifying trees on a hike.
(How can they become your friends if you don't know their names?)
I taught them about 6 different trees, and we would quiz one another
as the hike proceeded. Pretty soon they were looking for trees that
they didn't know to see if they could stump dad.
Hope this helps.