Scouts Canada and Hydro One have set up a new free Activity Finder to help families cut down on screen time and get outside.
Created in partnership, the database features more than 150 thoughtful, educational and fun activities that also help youth of all ages develop well-rounded skills.
Broken down by age group, activity length, seasons, and program areas, the activities range from building unique snow shelters to outdoor art projects. Each suggestion includes guidelines on how to plan, carry out, and reflect on each activity so that participants can perform them up to their full potential.
“As Scouts, we are committed to strengthening communities in any way possible. Due to the pandemic, a great number of Canadian families are facing disruptions to their daily routines; they are spending increased time at home and children are missing much-needed opportunities to play and interact with their friends,” said Andrew Price, Executive Commissioner and CEO, Scouts Canada in a release.
“With the support of Hydro One, we have created the Activity Finder, a free and accessible resource for families seeking fresh ideas to engage, challenge and inspire their kids all while being physically active and exploring the great outdoors.”
Results of a 2021 Maru Voice Canada survey, conducted on behalf of Scouts Canada and Hydro One showed how often Canadian families are engaging in outdoor recreational activity for at least 30 minutes. The findings are fairly dismal.
Less than 16% of Canadaian families are engaging daily, 52% are engaging once a week, and worst of all, 28% are taking part in a half hour of outdoor recreational activity less than once a month.
The results are even more troubling when you consider that Canadian guidelines recommend children ages five to 17 engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
You can access the Activity Finder by Scouts Canada and Hydro one here.
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