Friday, December 30, 2011

Organizational Spotlight - The Outdoor Foundation

I hope my readers will take advantage of some of the links I have here.  As a member of the Outdoor Bloggers Network, I have access to some of the best outdoor writers in the country.

I read one of the posted stories there, and it lead me to the Outdoor Foundation.  The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Through ground-breaking research, action-oriented convening and outreach and education programs, the Foundation is working with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. 

Recently they did a study with Coleman and KOA (Kampgrounds of America) called Special Report on Camping that highlights enduring popularity of camping and in-depth look at profiles and segments of the industry [activity].  In the study they found for example that "that introducing children to camping at a young age is vital to their participation as adults. Half of all current campers ages 18 and over experienced their first camping trip before they reached the age of seven." Which tells me we're doing just the right thing if we're associated with youth outdoor programs.  They also confirmed that most campers between the ages of 35 and 54 consider it a valuable and rewarding activity for the family.  For a complete summary of the report click here.

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