Few experiences help our kids discover the distinction between needs and wants like the great outdoors. It doesn’t have to be a hike through the Yukon, but just living out of a backpack for a long weekend where they take an active role in planning meals, buying food, picking a site and setting up the tent. The key thing is not to have been passive consumers on someone else’s trip. They’ll have been the planners, the decision makers and the risk calculators, while you’re still there to make sure nothing goes too far off the rails.

What to Do With the Kids This Summer? Put ’Em to Work – The New York Times

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