Kids Return to School with New Outlook
Lessons Learned at Summer Camp Stick with Kids as They Start New School Year
Saugerties, NY (PRWEB) August 31, 2011
Kids attending your traditional summer camp might return home knowing how to build a fire, paddle in a kayak, or do a back handspring. But kids who attended Camp Kindness in upstate New York this summer came home with something different: stories of connections they made with farm animals, facts about animals’ lives on factory farms, and the desire to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle.
Camp Kindness is a different type of summer day camp. At Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) kids care for and spend time with farm animals, cook vegetarian meals, garden, and learn how to best show compassion towards all living creatures.
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Richard Wood (11 years old) and Giovanni Gent (9 years old) were two of around 35 campers that attended one of the week-long camp sessions. Both left Camp Kindness with a deeper compassion for animals and determination to cut animals out of their diet.
Ã¢Å“I learned how intelligent the pigs are, pigs like Jangles on the farm, and I don’t want to eat them anymore,Ã¢ said Richard, who gave up beef two years ago and is now 100% vegetarian after his week at camp. Ã¢Å“I also learned about the animals’ lives in factory farms and how most meat we eat is from factory farms. I really like soy cheese and soy ice cream, so I’ll just eat that instead.Ã¢ His father said Richard has been experimenting with different kinds of vegetarian sandwiches and that his family fully supports his son’s new diet.
Giovanni, who bonded with Romeo the cow during camp and decided to become a vegetarian, has taken what he learned and shared it with his family and friends. Ã¢Å“He tells everyone he meets about where the meat comes from. He knows all the facts, all the statistics, and he is so excited to educate others,Ã¢ said Giovanni’s grandmother, Stephanie Gent. Ã¢Å“Sending him to camp turned out to be a real learning experience for the whole family and Giovanni developed a real closeness to the animals at CAS.Ã¢
Betsy Messenger, CAS’s Director of Education and Camp Kindness, said that the camp gives children the opportunity to see that farm animals have feelings and behaviors just like their own. Ã¢Å“The children love interacting with the animals and through that interaction they form a deeper compassion for creatures that many people consider food. They see how individual each animal’s personality is; that’s an experience many people don’t get in their whole lives,Ã¢ said Messenger. Ã¢Å“We don’t force a vegetarian lifestyle on the kids; we just educate them, feed them yummy vegetarian meals, and let them hang out with farm animals. They connect the dots themselves, and seeing that happen is deeply moving and inspiring.Ã¢
CAS is located in Saugerties, New York, and is open for weekend tours April through October. More about CAS and Camp Kindness can be found at CASanctuary.org.
Located in New YorkÃ¢s Hudson Valley, Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a 100-acre haven for horses and farm animals rescued from cruelty and neglect. In addition to emergency rescue, CAS offers innovative programs that educate the public about the devastating impacts of factory farming and institutionalized cruelty on animals, people, and the planet we share. Since 2001, CAS has rescued over 2,000 desperately needy animals, and has worked with law enforcement to bring animal abusers to justice. Founder and Director Kathy Stevens, is the author of Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary and Animal Camp: Lessons in Love and Hope From Rescued Farm Animals, and blogs for The Huffington Post. To learn more, go to CASanctuary.org
316 Old Stage Rd., Saugerties, NY 12477
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