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Getting NH Kids Outdoors for Summer Fun and Learning

June 12, 2008

Manchester, NH - With the public school year winding down, groups from environmentalists to child health advocates are urging kids to keep active over summer vacation. The National Wildlife Federation has launched a "green hour" program designed to get kids outside and engaging with nature for at least an hour a day. To encourage them, Genna Waite with the Daniel Webster Boy Scouts, Manchester, suggests looking no further than scouting.

"One of the main focuses of the scouting program is to get kids outside and to teach them the principle of 'leave no trace,' which is about protecting the environment. Learning skills that will help them in real-life situations is also key, and we do that through our outdoors program."

Waite says scouting offers programs for all ages, and even a "Venture" program for kids who like their sports "extreme."

"The Venture program is really more of a high-adventure experience. The kids really get to create the program based on their own interests. If a Venture crew enjoys kayaking, they can do the kayaking program. If they enjoy mountain climbing or mountain biking or any of those high-adventure activities, they can incorporate that into their program."

Camping season for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts starts in the next several weeks. According to Waite, camping costs less than the newest video game system, and it's a lot more fun.

Additional information regarding the National Wildlife Federation "green hour" program is available at

John Robinson/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - NH