These were the opening words for my first GTG post on MD Park Quest back on June 1, 2010. It was then that I embarked on sharing some of the Park Quest adventures of "Team Dabrowka" (which during the next 2 seasons morphed into a better-named "Team Green Gators"). Season 3 was our first year of Park Questing.
Maryland Park Superintendent Nita Settina, in her opening remarks, quoted the recent study about how "awe-inspiring moments in nature reduce stress." Park Quest most certainly worked to weave in a multitude of those moments into this year's Rendezvous! Richard Louv, author of "The Last Child in the Woods" and "The Nature Principle" would delight in so many families taking aim against "Nature Deficit Disorder."
In fact, during the ceremony, we learned some pretty fascinating facts as to just how many people were defying nature deficit disorder!
- Combined this summer, over 4,000 quests were completed;
- This year's Rendezvous was by far the largest of all five years;
- 235 teams qualified for the rendezvous;
- Over 1,100 people joined in the yesterday's fun;
- Of the 1000 teams, approximately 2 dozen qualified as "Super Questers," completing all 24 quests (making our Team Green Gator's 10 quests feel kind of meager!!)
We all got the opportunity to be Olympians in our own ways, both during this year's Park Quest season and yesterday's Park Quest Rendezvous. We faced challenges. We battled the great outdoors. We sometimes roughed the elements, meaning it wasn't always pretty. But, it always left you with a sense of great accomplishment. Families came together, tackling a common goal by way of riddling through the quest questions and grabbing hold of new experiences. Yes indeed: Park Quest is where a family becomes a team! That, right there, makes champions of us all!