April set up Wonder Camps to add wonder to children’s lives and introduce them to healthy eating and various sporting activities like surfing, abseiling, mountaineering, military games, fitness that they wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to.
The behavioural problems that we have amongst teenagers in western society, especially boys is no surprise given that they do not eat enough nutritious food or attend enough physical activity sessions, or healthy sporting competitions to curb their natural instincts. Inspiring and coaching teenagers to show them their true potential is fundamental to rebuilding our broken society.
Healthy food and deliberate exercise and physically demanding activities improves focus, discipline, changes behaviour to a more positive, happy outlook due to the good feel hormones, and ensures respect is learned and maintained in all aspects of their lives. Teenage depression is at an all time high, which can be easily rectified by increasing their activity and changing their eating habits. The less you do, the less you want to do.
It’s important that we teach children why they feel a certain way when they don’t exercise, yet feel amazing and happy when they do exercise and eat good quality nutritious food on a regular basis.
Wonder Camps are not just about health and fitness, but about adding wonder to children’s lives, as children, just like adults, need weekend breaks and vacations that will change their outlook and lives for the better, and give them hope of a fulfilling future full of love, wonder, success and happiness.
Step 1: Inner city children travel by coach to the countryside for a weekend Wonder Camp. Part of the problem in society is that poorer, disadvantaged children stay within a square mile of their home and school, are bored out of their minds, and find it hard to believe they have a bright, interesting future ahead of them as they haven’t seen or experienced a different environment for themselves.
Step 2: Inner city children travel by train to the seaside for a week Wonder Camp. It’s hard to believe in this day and age that a lot of children haven’t even visited Buckingham Palace or the Science Museum on a school day trip, no wonder experienced a train ride or felt the sand between their toes, or had a dip in the sea.
Step 3: Inner city children travel by plane to a sports resort like Club La Santa, Lanzarote for a two week Wonder Camp. For a lot of us, travelling around the world, seeing all the amazing wonders, experiencing different cultures and meeting new and wonderful people is part of our daily lives and we couldn’t imagine it changing and being forced to stay in the area that we live in, permanently grounded, unable to be inspired by all the amazing opportunities out there, however, for disadvantaged children, that is the harsh reality, they don’t experience any of the fabulous wonders in this world because they can’t afford to, yet their behavioural problems and lack of hope for the future ends up costing the Country much more because a lot of these children end up in trouble and consequently, the prison system.
Have you ever come back from a new and interesting place and not felt inspired, de-stressed, happy and motivated to improve your life? Of course not. You are full of beans and ready to take on the world. That’s exactly what happens to children too. They don’t come back the same. They can’t stand around doing nothing on the same street corner with their friends like they did before they travelled. Their eyes have been opened to the possibilities. They have hope burning inside of them and a vision of a fantastic future. Once experienced, this can’t be undone.
By providing good food, activities, fun, positivity and wonder to every child, is what will change the future of our world. If April had her way, every child in primary school would go to the countryside, the seaside and travel abroad to go skiing and participate in water and beach sports, continuing these trips throughout secondary school and college. Governments are not capable of doing this alone and need organisations, schools and parents to get behind this initiative and ensure it’s rolled out across the whole of the planet to the benefit of all children.
“If we focus on inspiring the younger generations with positive experiences, we won’t have to reprimand them when they are older through the Criminal Justice System.” – April Chandler