Kids and Knives: Perfect Together!
Readers: I just got a note about a class in Pennsylvania that sounded so good — and anachronistic — I wrote back immediately. Here’s what the teacher wrote back:
Dear Free-Range Kids: Thanks for being gracious enough to help get the word out about the program.
I’m calling it “Sharp Kids – Outdoor knife skills for responsible girls and boys ages 8-12.” Here’s the link to a regional events calendar for the full listing. And provided that I can get enough kids registered, it will be held as two separate classes on Sunday, October 5, 2013, right at the peak of leaf-peeper season here in the Poconos.
I ran a similar program to this for my daughters’ Girl Scout troop a couple of years ago with great success. I’ve been toying with the idea of holding a larger class for the general public and this is my attempt to do that. The program is loosely based on a program, called Gjor et spikk, conducted by Norges Husflidslag in Norway from 2005-2010. From my emails with their program director, they trained over 4,000 teachers and over 200,000 students in various handicrafts focusing on basic knife skills during that timeframe.
Mostly, this program is an attempt, within my little sphere of influence, at push-back against a culture that considers all pointy things to be weapons and all children to be feeble. Considering that I got my first knife out of a crane game at the local church carnival back in 1973 at the age of 5 (back when you could get pocket knives and Zippo lighters out of crane games at church carnivals), our culture hasn’t always held this dim view of children. I figure that if the Norwegians are willing to teach these skills to hundreds of thousands of kids over there, the least that I could do is to try to do the same with 40 kids here at home. You gotta start somewhere. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Thanks for giving me some space for the announcement. Let’s hope we can generate some groundswell!
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