The Legend Kids Adventure Club featured in a article in the Nelson Weekly…

A ten-week pilot programme encouraging kids to get off their couches, away from the TV and into the great Kiwi outdoors is in progress in Nelson. The Legend Kids Adventure Trust will be launched officially in late October but 45 kids are already sampling what it has to offer. Founder Dulkara Martig, from Nelson, said the overall aim of the trust was “to inspire local kids to embark on a life-long appreciation and love of outdoor recreation and the New Zealand wilderness.”

The 9-10 year olds have been learning a range of skills from map reading and navigation to outdoor first aid and how to use camp cookers safely. The programme culminates in overnight tramping trips in the mountains. “I was pretty sure a few people would be interested in taking part in the pilot”, Dulkara says, “but I wasn’t expecting such a huge response. The phone rang for days and it was hard telling people the programme was full.”

Already working part time in a primary schools sports programme, and operating a sports orientated after-school programme, Dulkara says she was surprised and disappointed to discover that so many kids had never done any trips at all in the region’s national parks. “Children don’t seem to be getting the same experiences these days. There are many other activities that are competing for their spare time and technology dominates. It would be such a shame for kiwi kids to grow up without an appreciation for the fantastic environment we have.”

Mark Brown, principal of Victory Primary School says, “This is an amazing opportunity for some of our young people to experience first-hand the wonderful outdoors with a skilled person who’s passionate about our region. Children from our school have told me they’ve had a fantastic time, especially caving and going tramping in the bush.”

Legend Kids Adventure Trust will run more programmes next term and also a pilot programme for intermediate aged children. More information can be found on the Legend Kids website.