Due to the many stresses that single parents deal with, it is vital that they find a healthy way to relax, recoup, and revitalize. Many families take a vacation in order to let go of their day to day demands. Unfortunately, many single parents are unable to afford traditional vacations. At the Empowered Camping event, we teach families how to disconnect from electronics and reconnect with each other. Mentors teach the families how to put up a tent, build a fire, and cook over the fire.
Roughly 22,000 women and their children live in poverty in the U.S. according to 2015 US Census Bureau data. That is 40.5 percent of women with children under 18 years old that live below the poverty line. Many of these families do not have a family support system, leaving them to do it completely on their own. Without a support system, single parents struggle to balance jobs, kids, and household duties. They often feel overwhelmed by being everything to everyone without getting a break.
We will take 50 people camping (about 12 families depending on size) and teach them how to camp and network with each other. Single parents learn how to de-stress and feel comfortable taking their family into the wilderness on their own. They are taught how and where to set up a tent. Why it is important to keep the campsite clean and how to cook over a campfire. Children are introduced to outdoor activities and everyone's learns essential lifetime skills. Everyone gains Self-confidence.
Everyone leaves the event knowing that they are not alone and much less stressed. Whole communities benefit when parents reduce their stress because they are often much better parents. The increased self-confidence in parents and children increase the odds of fewer mass school shootings. A child who is confident is better able to overcome peer pressure and negative feelings that are often the symptoms of school shootings by students.