Dutch children build their own village in 4 days at an ingenious, industrious summer camp | Inhabitots

Between the overnight camping trips taken by preschoolers in Germany and the Welsh outdoor adventure playground that looks like the aftermath of an apocalypse, we’re inclined to agree with the global view that American kids are more than a wee bit sheltered and overprotected.  Seeing how Dutch kids built an entire village made out of pallets and wood scraps at summer camp did nothing to dispel this myth, but went a long way in showing how children, with just a little guidance (and some safety measures thrown in), can accomplish way more than we give them credit for. The yearly camp is called Timmerdorp, which means Hammertown, and these kids certainly learn the art of hammering, along with teamwork, creativity, resourcefulness, and developing a good work ethic.

Source: Dutch children build their own village in 4 days at an ingenious, industrious summer camp | Inhabitots

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