‘Boys in the Wild’ opens eyes to what teens are missing: nature

“Boys in the Wild” is a short film–a documentary really–that ought to give parents pause for how their teenagers might be missing out on the wonders of nature because of a lack of time or money. Many–most?–are consumed by video games, social media, music, TV, cell phones, and computers, and simply don’t make time for the great outdoors.

Filmmaker and Eagle Scout Ryan Jordan states in his film, “It seems teenagers have plenty of time and money, but they are spending it on a life that is consuming them. Maybe teens aren’t interested in nature because we’re selling them too much freedom to consume rather than enough opportunity to explore.”

Jordan takes a group of teens backpacking across Spanish Peaks of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in southwest Montana. The result is this eye-opening, 10-minute film posted at BackpackingLight.com:

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“I can’t help but reflect on how our changing culture might be inhibiting backcountry participation by kids,” Jordan writes.

“I have no delusion about having all the answers, or solving what is probably not the biggest problems in boys’ lives.

“I’m not even sure I have the desire to see all teenage boys go into the backcountry. But the topic makes an interesting study nonetheless, especially in the context of two roles that I’m playing today: a parent and a Scout leader of teenage boys.”