At Trackers we strive to live by a Code of Common Sense. We root all our camps and programs in this. It guides how we learn from nature and thrive as a community.
Common sense is no longer common. As our world grows more disconnected, our children’s education is literally boxed in by walls and tied to desks. Yet children long ago (all our ancestors) felt at home in nature. They could light a fire with no matches, create tools from stone, and find shelter on the land. Those abilities still live on within all our kids.
Tapping that ability takes time, practice and care for the children we work with. It requires a Code of Common Sense.
Four Guilds divide Trackers and each Guild teaches a code:
Push the edges of your awareness: eyes, ears, and all your senses. Keep an open mind and heart. Don’t restrict yourself with a narrow view of things. The challenges and opportunities Nature provides often go unseen. Pay Attention to the spaces and places most people ignore.
Understand the difference between what you believe is helpful and what is Truly Helpful. Complaining about being cold and hungry is not helpful. Building a campfire or catching fish is helpful. When you put the needs of your community first you become Truly Helpful.
Many think surviving in nature means struggling against it. Yet, like a Mariner sailing the currents of the sea, we can Flow with nature. Take the time to experience the true way of things: creeks, plants, animals, birds, trees, wind, clouds, stars, sun, and moon. By giving your time, appreciation and respect, you become part of their Flow.
Don’t let perfection get in the way of progress. There’s no perfect way to shoot a bow or weave a basket. There is only progress. Be excited that you’re always doing it wrong and there are countless ways to improve. Like the plants, animals and even mountains, you never stop growing. You always do it better!