Today's youth suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder, a condition that has been connected to ADHD, shortage of creativity, and general lack of knowledge about the outdoors. A team of educators and specialists are addressing this issue with primitive camping. County educators were trained using experiential learning and train-the-trainer techniques. Through these methods, educators are now confident about teaching and leading primitive camping experiences. The ultimate result from the project is 4-H educators taking more youth camping and getting them out-of-doors. Primitive camping experiences can help youth overcome Nature Deficit Disorder and its associated symptoms.
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Allen, K., Varner, K., & Sallee, J. (2011). Addressing Nature Deficit Disorder Through Primitive Camping Experiences. The Journal of Extension, 49(3), Article 13. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.49.03.13