Thoughts from a Leader on Come Alive Outside in His Community

by Linda Coors on May 30, 2013

Scott Wentworth

Scott Wentworth

Scott Wentworth, Owner of The Scott Wentworth Landscape Group, understands the message in Come Alive Outside and has been passionate about sharing it with others. Through the efforts of his team, they were able to have Prince Edward County, Ontario, declared the first Come Alive Outside Community in North America.  They have held Come Alive Outside Event days with a focus on unstructured play for children, helped to create a fitness trail, and most recently they are involved in creating a Come Alive Outside Adult Soccer League for their community.

Scott emailed us this week about some of the things he observed as he dropped by the local soccer fields. His thoughts below really help put Come Alive Outside into perspective for all of us:

Just wanted to share my experience this evening as soccer season in The County got underway.  I dropped by the soccer fields at the end of a short bike ride, but I could barely get into the parking lot because of the number of cars.

It was the first night of the season, about 72 degrees, the sun settling into the horizon, with players from 4 to 16 years old spread amongst 5 fields.  It looked like every kid’s parents, siblings and grandparents were there to watch.  I decided to just settle into the background, and take it all in.  It was the first time most of those there had seen the Fitness Trail equipment. Kids of all ages were using it, doing sit-ups, leg presses, challenging each other along the balance equipment. To one side was probably the most active group, a bunch of boys and girls who had figured a running/jumping sequence across a long grouping of limestone boulders we had placed along the edge of the trail.  They worked together to get the sequence right, until they were just flying along from rock to rock.

Like everyone else in the green industry, the spring rush is taking its toll in fatigue by the end of May.  But the energy gained from seeing this gathering of young and old, playing and watching, all of them enjoying the outdoors and the company of family, friends and neighbours, epitomized your phrase that “everyone wins when someone goes outside.”  Just a snapshot of “energizing a zillion people” that I hope you’ll be energized by as well.

The Come Alive Outside Adult Soccer League starts next week.  We’ve maxed out the four  teams (21 players per team) and  are starting a waiting list for players.  The uniforms arrive this week…we’ll send a shot of the PECSA (Prince Edward County Soccer Association) Come Alive Outside logo on every jersey.

The Come Alive Outside Adult Soccer League starts next week.  We’ve maxed out the four  teams (21 players per team) and  are starting a waiting list for players.  The uniforms arrive this week…we’ll send a shot of the PECSA (Prince Edward County Soccer Association) Come Alive Outside logo on every jersey.

We’re really looking forward to Atlanta.  I know our folks are going to get a lot out of it and it will get them re-energized for the sometimes tough summer sales months ahead.

People often ask us what they can do to get involved with Come Alive Outside. Scott and his team give us a glimpse of what people with a passion can do to be leaders in a community. It starts with us living what we believe and then taking action to share it with others.

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