Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Outdoor Recreation among American Youth Continues Decline

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Outdoor Recreation among American Youth Continues Decline

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Multiple studies have concluded that youth participation in outdoor recreation is good for the body, good for the head, good for the environment. But a new study by the non-profit Outdoor Foundation concluded that during the past six years, youth participation in the outdoors has decreased by approximately 20 percent.

Commissioned by Eureka!, a designer and manufacturer of camping equipment, the study charted the views of more than 1,100 Americans. Among its findings:

* 51 percent said "competition with technology" is the main reason children are not getting outside.

* 22 percent said they don't participate in outdoor activity with their kids because there's "not enough time."

* 16 percent said the cost of gear, etc., prevents kids from participating in outdoor recreation.

* 61 percent said parents carry the main responsibility for ensuring the next generation of Americans will engage in outdoor recreation.

* 43 percent of parents said they go outdoors with their children "several times per year," and 20 percent said they get out with their kids every month.

"Having this information from the Eureka! Getting Youth Outdoors Survey helps us identify what the issues are, and what we as a society need to do to provide a solution," said Eureka! brand director Mark Hrubant, in a written statement. …

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