Camp Waziyatah, a summer camp sitting on more than 125 acres of beautiful land, helps young people experience nature through activities like hiking and horseback riding. Its American Camp Association-certified camp directors, Mitch and Gregg Parker, oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility. For more information about Camp Waziyatah, its qualified staff, and the growth opportunities it offers to campers, please visit

The Camps and Nature Survey conducted through the American Camp Association collected the opinions of camp directors concerning the place of summer camp in nurturing young people's relationship with the outdoors. The survey asked 23 questions on topics ranging from environmental attitudes to factors influencing young people’s attitudes toward nature.

According to the survey, the vast majority of camp activities occur in the outdoors, which means that campers spend in excess of seven hours outside daily. Furthermore, camp directors were nearly unanimous in believing that children should connect with nature. To achieve this goal, camp directors used nature-focused programming. Though the respondents appeared to broadly value the natural experience that camp offers, they did not believe that parents weighed nature heavily enough when choosing their children’s summer camp.