E.A. Leadership Retreat

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On March 19th 2015, Elemental Awareness took a hand full young adults who have expressed interest or are currently working with youth up to Element Skate Camp for a 4 day camping retreat.  The weekend was full of Skating, workshops, hiking and storytelling around the fire.  While we were at Element Skate Camp, the camp facilities such as water, electricity and bathrooms were unavailable.  This means we had to pack our own water, food, tents and toiletries.  This made for a more rustic camping experience than normal.  We started the weekend as individuals excited for the weekend and left friends who have shared experiences and shared goals for the future. Thanks so much for everyone who was involved in making this trip a success.

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Winter Count 2015

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The Elemental Awareness Foundation staff rolls out to Winter Count every year to spend a week in the Desert outside of Phoenix, AZ. Winter Count is one of the largest gathering of wilderness guides, outdoor enthusiasts and primitive living practitioners. They come out to the Sonoran Desert to get away from technology and explore ancient ways of living closer to the source of life. We spend the week learning new skills to take back with us to teach at skate camp through the Elemental Awareness Wilderness Program. Campers will learn shelter building, fire by friction, water purification and natural foraging for food. Check out the photos from our week out in Arizona and be sure to sign up for Element YMCA Skate Camp this summer.  For more information on Winter Count, click here!

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Special thanks to Tom McElroy and Dylan Christopher for all the amazing photos!

Elemental Awareness Great Northwestern Tour

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Elemental Awareness was set up to educate and inspire kids about the world. We accomplish this goal by connecting kids to Nature through skateboarding. We have seen that a hands on approach to environmental education through wilderness survival skills not only teaches kids about the natural world, but gives them great confidence and self esteem knowing that they can take care of themselves if need be. The skills we teach in our programs are common to all of our ancestors. No matter where you are from in the world, your predecessors lived off the land using the resources available to them. EA was born in North America and we are proud of that. We look to the peoples most recently living off the land that we call home for inspiration and knowledge of the natural resources. Since we have been given so much knowledge from Native peoples and so much has been taken from them, we decided to give back our unique gifts…the gift of skateboarding. That’s what this tour is all about. Appreciation of each others culture and an exchange of knowledge. We are proud to continue this tradition each year and eager to make new friends wherever the road may take us. Thank you to everyone who has welcomed us into their homes and treated us like family. You are the ones who keep us going and you are the ones who keep the tradition alive.

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