From the publisher:
Based on the author’s acclaimed Integrated Outdoor Program, Let Them be Eaten by Bears is Peter Hoffmeister’s inspiring guide to getting kids to enjoy and appreciate nature. Drawing from his personal and professional background as an educator, guide, writer, and father, Peter reminds his readers of the adventurous pleasure of the great outdoors. This book teaches why children need nature in their lives, how to begin and continue going on adventures with them, and how to enjoy the process along the way. Combining proof of the need for returning to nature in a country increasingly alarmed by its health with an approachable, fun reintroduction to hiking, camping, and exploring, Let Them be Eaten by Bears marries the manifesto to the handbook. Founded on the ethics, mantras, and survival prompts of the author’s outdoor programme, Let Them be Eaten by Bears is a natural extension of Richard Louv’s Last Child In The Woods. Louv details the problem. Peter explains where and how to go from here. And with rising childhood obesity, ADHD, and technological addiction, this book has never been more timely. Peter has ten years of experience guiding hundred of young people – ages one to nineteen – on rock climbing trips, rafting trips, map and compass courses, in caves, and on backpacking trips, and this book will teach others to do the same. It will help adults – from stay-at-home parents to secondary school teachers to survival course instructors – feel empowered and capable. This is a book about fun versus fear in the natural world, leaving the mobile phone behind, getting dirty, and reading and integrating literature that will inspire readers to go out even more.