Kids and Knives – Part II
Hi Readers — A few weeks back we ran a little piece about an outdoor knife skills class for kids 8-12. Here’s the follow up! – L
Dear Free-Range Kids: You’ll be happy to know that the maiden voyage of the Sharp Kids program was a great success. The morning class was a little sparse with just 5 kids (no one likes to get up early on Sunday), but the afternoon class was filled! The kids were busy for the whole four hour class. They got in to it so deeply that we didn’t even get a chance to attempt half of the projects that I had planned.
We did have two minor injuries during the afternoon class, but even the girl with the deeper cut (It’s just a flesh wound!) walked away from the class with a smile and an armful of extra sticks to whittle on while at home. So, despite a little blood and tears, I’d say it’s safe to presume that there was no long-lasting psychological trauma. The kids really jumped in to this course with both feet. (Which remained attached throughout!)
The most unexpected result of the course was that I had three separate parents mention to me that they thought it would be valuable to hold a similar program for the adults! It appears that the reason that many of parents never let their kids have a knife of their own is because that they were unfamiliar with the topic themselves. Looks like I may have to plan a Sharp Kids 2 – Basic outdoor knife skills for the PARENTS of responsible girls and boys.
Be well and thanks again for spreading the Free-Range gospel! - Mike Leggiero, Gouldsboro, PA