The Kings Center, a faith-based organization in downtown Frankfort, Ky., saw a great opportunity for the inner city youth they serve when local canoe operator and youth advocate Ed Councill offered to take the kids out to spend time in nature.
“With free play I think the body is totally exercised and it’s exercised at the same time the mind is and the mind is not playing by any rules and there’s no out of bounds. I think outdoor activity and free play is a very healthy form of exercise.” Ed Councill, Advocate, No Child Left Inside, Frankfort, Ky.
Councill, together with Kings Center Program director Misty Steitz, formed a partnership to get the children outside to explore whatever they might find there — fossils, creek beds, interesting trees and leaves. Once outside, the kids tended to lose themselves in the natural wonderland.
“I think it’s a different experience when you are in nature — there are so many things that can take your mind off the actual physical activity of it. You’re exercising, but you’re not thinking you are exercising.” Misty Steitz, Program Director, Kings Center, Frankfort, Ky.