In our last post (Nature Deficit Disorder and Stewardship: Crisis in Creation), the problem of nature deficit and exercise deficit disorders and their relationship to a lack of a stewardship ethic was discussed concluding with the notion that faith based outdoor education can be viewed as a solution. Given that, what is that outdoor educational perspective that can make it a solution?
On a recent night hike in the mountains with students from a local Catholic school, I witnessed a very important conversation. The student in front of me to his friend said, “So, what if Freddy Krueger is out here?” His friends response was crucial to our times, “That is not real and this is, God is real and that tree that you are about to walk into is real.” Besides making me laugh, this conversation is a poignant statement of a culture mired in a two dimensional world disconnected from
authentic relationship and starved of the concept of stewardship.