It was the hope of our founder E.O. Olson that we “preserve a paradise of forest beauty where youth and their leaders will find joy and inspiration for years to come.”
Here at Camp Olson, we share a deep concern and reverence for our natural environment. Many who come to Camp Olson are instilled with a deep respect for the land through their direct experiences with the pristine wilderness of our property. They discover for themselves something simple that is all-too-absent in our modern society; the therapeutic connection to Nature and the intrinsic value of free-play. There is truly something about being in nature that makes you realize that there are far larger things at work than yourself.
At Camp Olson, many participants actively participate in our Community Garden. Since the bulk of our crops come to maturity in the fall, all surplus veggies are donated to the Longville Area Food Shelf. Our management and staff promote a reduction of waste as well as a recycling program for all eligible materials. In addition, our kitchen staff help to compost food waste, reducing our garbage output and adding nutrients to our garden!
In his book “Last Child in the Woods” Richard Louv cites a growing body of evidence indicating that, “direct exposure to nature is essential for physical and emotional health. New studies suggest that exposure to nature may reduce the symptoms of ADHD, and that if can improve all children’s cognitive abilities and resistance to negative stresses and depression.”
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