Carpe Diem Gear

What is Ecotherapy?

The Carpe Diem Gear Foundation

10% of our profits fund ECOTHERAPY camps for kids!


We are convinced that the issues plaguing our society are based on a lack of connection with reality and the earth.  How often do we take ourselves outdoors and get away from social media, constant negative news, and the frustrations of day-to-day life?  Not often enough in our opinion.  We know kids who experience ECOTHERAPY can learn better ways to deal with problems and grow up to be well-adjusted adults.


We believe so strongly that our kids need to experience ECOTHERAPY that we dedicate 10% of CDG’s profits toward Camp David and student scholarships.  The encounters had by kids at camp will give them practical tools to deal with the struggles they face while offering an opportunity to heal from past tragedies.  Thank you for supporting this cause.


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OUR 5 YEAR GOAL for CAMP DAVID

Our aim is to purchase property and build Camp David, an Ecotherapy summer camp for children ages 8-16.  With construction starting by 2023, CDG will create facilities necessary to run effective ecotherapy summer camps. Students who qualify will be eligible for partial or full scholarships. 10% of all monies raised will be used to fund Camp David and provide student scholarships.


PARTNER WITH US

For more information on partnering with us, please contact our Foundation Director and Counselor, Morgan Champion.  If you are interested in supporting Camp David financially, please click on the "DONATE NOW"  button at the bottom of the page.  We appreciate your contribution to helping our kids around the world.


Carpe Diem Gear Foundation, Inc. is a Florida 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation

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THE STORY BEHIND CAMP DAVID

by Christian Dickinson

I had an amazing father.  I only had the privilege of knowing him until I was 17 years old, but in those 17 years, he taught me wisdom that stays with me to this day and guides my every decision.   Camp David is dedicated to him and my eldest son, Caleb David Dickinson, his namesake. 


In a book I highly recommend, “How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature” by Dr. Scott Sampson, He looks at the cause and effect of children who “play” in nature like most kids did 30 years ago and compares it with the kids of today.  Dr. Scott's  “the extinction of experience” and Richard Louv's term, "nature-deficit disorder" show a direct link to the six(6) million children on Ritalin. As of 2014, that means 1 in 8 children are on Ritalin or its equivilant.  Fortunately, I was the kid who was raised around nature.  In fact, my dad purposely set aside our weekly family time to include: family bike rides, hikes, walks, fishing, water skiing, boating, camping, surfing, singing around campfires, dirt biking, tubing, snorkeling, shrimping, and swimming/exploring at just about every spring in Florida.


Why Camp David?  I am who I am because of the experiences I was "organically" exposed to in nature with my family—thanks to my dad.  I could not have learned those lessons in school or by reading any book.  I learned by doing and experiencing them firsthand, thankfully with my Dad. The vivid memories I have of him center around being outdoors and connecting with the wonderful world we live in.


Why Carpe Diem? My dad unexpectedly had a massive heart attack and passed away at the age of 40.  I was almost 18 and I can tell you that everyday of my life I witnessed him squeeze every possible moment out of that particular day.  He did not know Latin but he certainly knew how to "Seize the Day" and in doing so taught his children the lessons and experiences that, unknowingly, would prepare them for the difficulties that life would throw at them—especially without a father.


My Prayer for Camp David: May the values instilled by my father through my experiences in nature resonate in every person who is associated with Camp David.  For those who are broken down, may their healing begin; for those who are beat down, may they be rejuvenated; and for those who have lost family and/or friends, may they be loved.

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