WILD KIDS SEEKS TO FOSTER A COMMUNITY OF ADVENTUROUS INDIVIDUALS WHO VALUE "WILDNESS" IN THE NATURAL WORLD, IN EACH OTHER, AND WITHIN THEMSELVES.
NPR Article Captures the Wild Kids Philosophy
Our vision at Wild Kids was captured quite well by a recent NPR piece called: The Value of Wild, Risky Play: Fire, Mud, Hammers and Nails. It's well worth your time and we are certain you'll feel quite proud to consider Wild Kids part of the solution, as we are quite clearly a group firmly rooted in Wild Play!!
Mission and Philosophy
Our goal is to provide students an opportunity to unplug and reconnect with their inner-wild-child in the wild jungles of Hawai'i and the wide open spaces of Montana. We hope to impart a lifelong conservation ethic and a profound appreciation for the preservation of wilderness areas on this planet because open space, dark nights, and quiet moments are necessary to our survival as human beings.
We believe that everyone deserves unstructured adventures in order to develop honest self-confidence and a genuine faith in others. Through exploration, authentic challenges, imaginative play and shared leadership, Wild Kids seeks to develop and nurture 10 core traits.
10 Core Traits
- Mindful Engagement
- Situational Awareness & Initiative
- Insatiable Curiosity
- Imaginative Play
- Healthy Self-Efficacy & Self-Sufficiency
- Creative Problem Solving & a Solution-Oriented Mindset
- Flexible Thinking
- Courageous Choices
- Consistent & Authentic Gratitude/appreciation
- Compassionate Relationships with Self, Others and Nature
At Wild Kids, we truly believe "it takes a village," but we worry that there aren't many villages left.
So, we have set out to build a village of individuals bound in our commitment to caring for one another and for the planet.
Our motto is Henry David Thoreau's assertion that "All good things are wild and free."
Free thinkers. Free spirits. Free to roam and explore, skip and jump and climb trees. Free to sing at the top of our lungs and howl at the moon. Free to create new systems and models that honor our present experience. And, wild enough to believe we can do it.
5 Tenets TO GUIDE OUR WORK
1. Everyone deserves an opportunity to cultivate a meaningful and personal relationship with the natural world.
2. Unstructured time outside is beneficial and necessary to our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
3. When we nurture our own “wildness,” we develop a healthy self-esteem and strong sense of self-efficacy.
4. When we connect with one another in nature, we develop authentic and fulfilling relationships.
5. Our conservation ethic is cultivated when we fall in love with the land, which can only occur when we are given open opportunities to explore and play outside.