Mission: Ensuring the survival of future generations by guiding youth and community to a pure connection with the Earth.
Target demographics: Programs are offered for children and teens age 4 to 17 and their families and for groups such as schools, homeschool associations, boy and girl scouts and others who desire to reconnect children with nature.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 250 children to make a deeper connection with the Earth
Geographic areas served: NJ, NY, PA, & MA
Programs: In this program, youth and teens age 4-17, and their parents or guardians attend a week learning survival, tracking and nature awareness. They learn the ancient skills of making fire without matches, how to make shelters from the landscape, collecting edible and medicinal plants and much more. All teachings help participants change their relationship with the natural world, learning respect and appreciation for what we take from the land to sustain ourselves. So many leave transformed by this new relationship with the Earth.
Children Of the Earth gave my son the confidence and experience he needed to jump into life with vigor. He is growing up with four sisters and was frustrated and glum. I talked with him about COTEF and he was very interested since Dad had been demonstrating stuff he learned at Tom Brown's Standard Course. He came back psyched about life and
My son participated in COTEF summer programs in NJ for five years. The programs and the staff were fantastic. Not only did he learn outdoor survival skills and gain reverence for the earth, he developed a confidence to follow his own path. As a first year participant he was honored to carry
COTEF is a fantastic organization that helps connect kids and families with each other and the Earth. The skills and lessons learned are vital for treating ourselves, our communities, and our home with compassion and respect.