Take a Child Outside Week

Take A Child Outside is a national program designed to encourage children and adults to spend time together outdoors. At Camp Kum-Ba-Yah we will support this effort by offering free programing for children – all ages welcome – September 25-30. Our 45 acres of forest located in the heart of Lynchburg makes it easy for families to disconnect from their daily buzz and reconnect with each other and the simple joys of playing outdoors.

Why is this important to play outdoors?

Direct experiences with nature are integral to a child’s developing sense of the world around her. Learning through action, creative play and stimulation of all the senses grows healthier, more focused, more empathetic and confident children.

Take a Child OutsideSocial & emotional benefits

  • Cooperation
  • Flexibility
  • Stress reduction
  • Reduced aggression

Cognitive benefits

  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving
  • Focus
  • self-discipline

It is important to expose children to nature and encourage and role model making time for outdoor recreation. So join us one day this week or each day this week and enjoy some simple activities that you can take home with you to become regular practice.

Come be a part of this national movement!

Schedule of Programs

Activities will take place each day from 4-5pm, with the exception of Saturday’s activity, which is scheduled for 10 – 11am. Please contact the camp office if you have additional questions after reviewing the frequently asked questions. All TACO events are free of charge.

Nature Play                 Monday, September 25

Join us as we explore nature’s mystery can before departing on a sensory scavenger hunt. Children will find items to add to their nature bracelets.

Stories in the Forest             Tuesday, September 26

Circle around the amphitheater to hear nature stories and meet some of the creatures in our woods!

Walk Through the Seasons    Wednesday, September 27

This evening we will watch our shadows, ask questions and depart with a work of art.

Family Fishing             Thursday, September 28

One fish, two fish – we’ll take a hike to the pond to see how many fish we can find. Those waiting for a turn can dig for worms!

Garden Goodness                  Friday, September 29

Join us for a hike to the garden (or, for little ones, meet us there by parking on Spottswood Place). We’ll ponder what makes a nice shelter by building our own fort, then collect nesting materials for the birds who visit our garden.

Citizen Science Saturday       Saturday, September 20

Come learn how you can contribute to important scientific research. We’ll set up a picnic for ants, record our findings and further real scientific research.

**Saturday’s program will run from 10am – 11am. All other programs will begin at 4pm.

– FAQ –

Where do we meet?

You can find us at 4415 Boonsboro Rd. Come one down the long drive and park in the large parking lot just past the Camp Kum-Ba-Yah welcome sign.

What shall we wear/bring?

Bring your enthusiasm to try something new and a mindset to discover. Dress for the weather – rain will turn into rain games – and wear comfortable, closed toed shoes. Bring water and, if you like, bug spray.

What is the target age group?

With an open attitude and a desire for discovery activities can be adapted to suit most ages. Children ages 5-10 will be able to participate and fully engage in the activities, but if you’re children are older or younger do not let that stop you. Younger children are perceptive if ways older children and adults have “outgrown” and older children can provide a deeper level of insight and leadership.

Does an outdoor soccer game “count”?

No, the focus of the experience is the game. This week TACO aims to foster experiences for natural and open ended play – platforms that foster wonder, imagination and inspire curiosity.

How can I do more?

Visit TakeAChildOutside.org to:

  • Pledge to take a child outside
  • Find a list of interesting outdoor activities
  • Find a participating organization in your area
  • Record your outdoor experience