The New Boys & Girls Club of Door County has launched a new, year-round program called the OutDoor Club and is welcoming former Ridges Sanctuary land manager Matt Peter as its director.
“With all of the incredible outdoor resources in Door County, we are focused on inspiring kids to explore it all,” said CEO John McMahon, “and with an environmental scientist like Matt Peter, they will learn and explore with the best.”
Peter said the OutDoor Club’s goal is to offer “nature-based, educational and interactive programs and activities to kids and young adults across all of Door County. These outdoor education experiences provide the tools to help kids develop compassion, a sense of community, independence and pride.”
Program offerings will include guided hikes, kayaking adventures, horseback riding, swimming, wilderness survival, sustainability, trail maintenance, astronomy, mountain biking, overnight camping and more.
“Research shows that outdoor, nature-based education has incredibly powerful effects on critical thinking, problem solving, and mental and physical health,” McMahon said.
The OutDoor Club will begin with a few winter pilot programs, with the goal of having a full set of experiences for both Northern and Southern Door attendees of Camp LeVoy: the new name of the club’s summer daylong programming.
The New Boys & Girls Club is upgrading its website (bgcdoorcounty.org), where more OutDoor Club details should be available soon. Also follow the club on Facebook.